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The Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS), in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology, organised the joint conference, ‘Cities and Citizenship in Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean,’ held on 16-17 June 2016 in Delft, the Netherlands. The 2-day conference embraced a wide range of topics related to urban development and citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Premises of the conference
In their pioneering collection of essays ‘Cities and Citizenship’, Holston and Appadurai (1999) as well as other prominent scholars, stressed the importance of cities in the making of modern citizens. At the end of the twentieth century, they demonstrated that urban environments are salient sites for examining the renegotiations
of citizenship, democracy, and national belonging. This is arguably particularly the case in contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean, where cities seem to embody the aspirations of citizens and to showcase the best and the worse of their respective societies. It is here that we can observe major opportunities and threats to
development, security and human rights, as well as major struggles for rights, inclusion and democracy. This conference was organised in 4 tracks:
Track 1. Cities and Violence: Cities as salient sites where violence and conflict develop and affect the lives of citizens.
Track 2. Cities and sustainable development: Cities as salient sites where (spatial) planning and (sustainable) development ideas are applied, and where grassroots and governments alternatingly clash or collaborate in order
to simultaneously build cities and structures of citizenship. Track leader: Roberto Rocco (TU Delft)
Track 3. Cities and identity: Cities as salient sites where citizen’s identities and resistances are expressed and repressed.
Track 4. Open for suggestions: Cities as salient sites for other themes related to urban life and urban development
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDelft University of Technology
Commissioning bodyNetherlands Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Number of pages184
ISBN (Print)978-94-6366-050-1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • citizenship, citizens, Urban Development, urban struggles, Latin America, Caribbean, NALACS

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