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17:30 - 19:30 22 April 2013

Book Launch: ‘Urban Encounters: Affirmative Action and Black Identities in Brazil’


Seminar Room 103, First floor | (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PN |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge but registration required
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

Prof Denise Ferreira da Silva, Queen Mary, University of London
Dr David Lehmann, University of Cambridge

UCL Institute of the Americas proudly hosts the launch of this book by Dr Andre Cicalo, with the participation of Prof Denise Ferreira da Silva and Dr David Lehmann as discussants.

University racial quotas have caused strong reactions in Brazil, where ideals of racial and cultural mixture are crucial components of national identity. Focusing on an in-depth ethnographic study of a Rio de Janeiro public university and its students, André Cicalo examines in this book the practical and symbolic potential that affirmative action has to redress historically-produced and territorialized inequalities in the urban space. By engaging with the relevant literature on Brazilian race relations, Cicalo also reflects on different readings of race relations, affirmative action, and racial classification in Brazil.

This topic will continue to be explored at the 'Affirmative Action in Brazilian Universities: Ethnography of a Social Movement' seminar we are hosting on 23 April.


Oscar Martinez
+44 (0) 20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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