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Peripheralization of the Poor: Symbolic Practices and Policy Analysis

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Orozco Room, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, Room A712, New York, NY 10011

The New School Observatory on Latin America (OLA) and Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) are pleased to present, in this 7th consecutive year of the President Néstor Kirchner Fellowship, the 2017-2018 Fellows: Paulo Alas Rossi and María Sofía Bernat, who were awarded this Fellowship after demonstrating academic excellence and a commitment to public service.

"Peripheralization of the Poor: Symbolic Practices and Policy Analysis". President Néstor Kirchner Fellowship Public Lectures by President Néstor Kirchner Fellows 2017-2018

Introduced by David Van Zandt, President, The New School

and Mary Watson, Executive Dean of NSPE, The New School


Struggling with the Housing Market: Bringing Social Housing Back to City Centers in Brazil by Paulo Alas Rossi 
Mr. Rossi's research critically analyzes the "My House, My Life" program, the major social housing program in progress in Latin America. This work focuses on the program's site-selection process by adding a social dimension to an otherwise technical approach. Rossi further explores the interdependence between different actors and their uneven power structures. 
Mr. Rossi holds a Master's degree in Landscape and Environment from the University of São Paulo as well as Master's degree in marketing management by the INSPER Institute. He currently works at the Ministry of Cities in Brazil monitoring the 'My House, My Life' Program' (PMCMV). 

An Ethnography of Displacement: Resettlement of the Poor in Argentina by María Sofía Bernat.
Ms. Bernat analyzes the participation and the modes of organization of the inhabitants of the Ringuelet slum in La Plata, Argentina, from a qualitative and ethnographic perspective, during a relocation process advanced by the government after flooding in April of 2013. She explores the ways in which socio-urban transformations modify the understanding of sense structures as well as ways of inhabiting a territory.
Ms. Bernat is a PhD candidate in Journalism and Social Communication at the National University of La Plata in Argentina, and holds a bachelor's degree in in the same field. She worked at the civil organization Techo, coordinating the "Community Development" area.

This Fellowship is inspired by the legacy and achievements of former President Néstor Kirchner during his term as President of Argentina (2003-2007), coupled with his important work as the first Secretary General of UNASUR (2010). It focuses on the training of young leaders in South America, is organized by The Observatory on Latin America (OLA) of The New School, New York, and the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 2015 the PNK Fellowship has been expanded to all Latin American and Caribbean countries.

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General Public


Observatory on Latin America


Cities and Urbanism, Humanity, Society, Social Justice


Schools of Public Engagement, Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment


Urban Design, Development and Policy, Social Justice




The event will be in English Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are required.



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