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Subject: Panel proposal: The indigenous city

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Dear colleagues,

please find below the description of a panel called "*The indigenous city:
ecologies, imaginations and the urban space in Latin America" *for the next
RAI conference on "Art, Materiality and Representation".

Best
Valentina Bonifacio & Olivia Casagrande


*(P051) The indigenous city: ecologies, imaginations and the urban space in
Latin America*


*Convenors*


Olivia Casagrande (The University of Manchester) email

Valentina Bonifacio (University Ca Foscari of Venice; Parsons-The New
School) email


*Short abstract*


Urban indigenous ecologies and imaginations are addressed as meaningful
frames for new forms of collective actions and selves, providing important
insights about processes of decolonization of environmental knowledge, and
exploring current transformations and future shapes of Latin American
cities.


*Long abstract*


Indigenous ecological thinking not only belongs to rural indigenous
communities, but also to urban contexts, often implying conceptual shifts
and new practices. Within the city, emergent indigenous socio-ecologies
trigger new political practices and experimental knowledge, provoking
different ways of relating with (urban) space, negotiating collective
belonging and identity as well as personal life-project, and shaping at the
same time the city-scape.


The reading of these peculiar narratives allows to address important issues
at the intersection between urban space, indigenous epistemologies and new
socio-ecological assemblages: how are different life-projects and
life-words enacted within the urban context? How are the spaces of Latin
American cities manipulated and contested through indigenous performances,
subversive aesthetics and other means speaking to the public arena? What
images (and imaginations) of 'nature' are put into play? And, finally, are
urban indigenous perspectives and ecological discourses part of the
emerging new ecologies of urbanism?


The proposed panel aims at reflecting on the lived experiences of
indigenous people in Latin American cities. Their political, artistic and
socio-cultural practices and narratives are addressed as meaningful frames
for new forms of collective actions and selves, shaping the experience of
belonging and the negotiation of identity within everyday life in the urban
context. Providing important insights about processes of decolonization of
environmental knowledge, new epistemologies and indigenous cosmo-politics
are taken into account for exploring current transformations as well as the
future shapes of the city of the global south.







Valentina Bonifacio
Ricercatrice
Docente in Antropologia Visiva ed Antropologia Applicata
Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia (Italy)
+393280160487
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