Dr Felipe Hernández and Giulia Torino will co-chair a panel entitled “Historicizing Race and Urban Space in Latin American Cities” at the 72nd Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), which will take place in Providence (USA), 24-28 April 2019.
The Call for Papers is below, and there is time until June 5 at 11:59 pm CDT to submit an abstract!
“Since their foundation in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, black and indigenous populations have occupied different positions in the city vis-à-vis the colonizer’s centrality. These populations remain poor, under-represented and excluded today, they are most likely to live in slums, and significantly less likely to emerge out of poverty.
ECLAC indicates that 8% of the region’s population are indigenous and 30% are black, more than a third of the region’s total. These estimates do not include mixed-race people (Mestizos, Zambos, Mulatoes, etc.). The 2010 Brazilian census showed that Afro-Brazilians make 7.6% of the country’s population, while 43% identified as preto. These two groups, which together amount to half of the Brazilian population, represent almost 80% of those living below the poverty line and contribute under 20% of the national GDP. In the 2005 Colombian census, 10.6% of the population self-identified as Afro-descendant, 70% of whom live in peri-urban areas.
This session proposes that the conditions of exclusion and marginality in most Latin American cities today are magnified expressions of a segregationist approach to urban planning initiated during the colonial period. We address the question of racial discrimination as a key-contributing factor to the formation of particular urbanisms that have not been rigorously historicized and remain excluded from urban and architectural debates. We aim to develop new understandings of the diverse processes of urbanization taking place in Latin American cities focusing on the contribution of racial minorities to the continuous production of urban space, ‘non-white urbanisms.’
We seek contributions that search for alternative ways of theorizing ‘non-white urbanisms,’ embracing multiple methodological agendas to analyze these pressing urban realities. We are also interested in papers that articulate the prevalence of colonial forms of urbanism with twentieth- and twenty-first-century processes of urban growth, which facilitate the historicization and theorization of ‘non-white urbanisms.’”