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The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School hosts a lecture by Dr. Heike Drotbohm, entitled "Exploring Contradictory Politics of Displacement: São Paulo’s Humanitarianism and Occupy Movements," followed by a reception.
In the Brazilian megalopolis of São Paulo, multiple types of poor and mobile populations share the need for shelter, legal protection, and access to other social rights. Migrants and refugees, who currently reach the city in their search for a better place of living, have to interpret the city’s networks and institutions, their logics of differentiation as well as their own position vis-à- vis other vulnerable groups. In her talk, Dr. Drotbohm concentrates on the notion of displacement, which is currently employed both in the field of humanitarian aid as well as by occupy movements, who put it at the center of their social, legal, and public acts of resistance. As she intends to show, the term and its political implications prove to be contradictory for people who have experienced dispossession and are asked to join the fight against neoliberal modes of property.
About the speaker:
Dr. Heike Drotbohm is the Heisenberg Chair of Anthropology at the University of Mainz, Germany. Her current research interests include migration and transnationalism, rights and bureaucracy, kinship and care, childhood and youth, as well as overarching theoretical developments in social and cultural anthropology. She carried out fieldwork in Haiti and Canada (2000, 2002, and 2003), in Cape Verde, Lisbon, and the USA (2006-2008) and in Brazil (2014, 2015 and 2016). She was also a visiting researcher at the “Centro de Estudos de Migrações Internacionais” (2014) at UNICAMP in Campinas, Brazil and has worked as a guest professor in Konstanz (2012/13) and Freiburg (2013 and 2015).
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