AAA will be co-hosting two panels at the IV Congress on Latin American Anthropology on October 7-10, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico.
The panels are:
Public Space Symposium/Simposio “Espacio Público, Herencia Cultural y Resistencia”
This symposium explores a broad range of ethnographic examples of how cultural heritage is contested and represented in the public spaces of Latin America. The examples include both the everyday use of streets and sidewalks and more ritualized and political use of important urban places such as the Zocalo in Mexico City. The papers focus on different formulations of the concepts of “public space” and “cultural heritage” and include imaginary as well as material spaces that resonant with the search for national identity and claims to citizenship. Both the spaces and their cultural meanings are decoded symbolically and practically through their communicative and affective impacts. Many of the paper are also concerned with the ways that class, race and gender figure into the exclusion and inclusion of people in public space and from claiming their role as citizens and dissenters.
This panel takes up Daniel Goldstein’s (2010) call for a “critical anthropology of security” by focusing on the processes and practices through which fear and the resulting desire for “security” are produced and reproduced within the contexts of different state security regimes. The differences in local responses to violence and crime—or in the US case, the lack of violence and crime—in public spaces and the subsequent retreat of the middle classes to gated and guarded communities form one part of this analysis. But for most middle-class people, seeking security—whether in the context of high or low levels of crime—security takes less obvious configurations. Papers on this panel put forth a variety of compelling approaches to the anthropology of the security, examining the processes and practices of securitization, parenting, neighborhood relationships and activities, and social interactions in public spaces to query how this elusive “good,” that is a sense of security, can be procured in an increasing insecure and violent world. Further, the papers attempt to identify the roles of both the state and public sector institutions, and increase of private institutions and forms of governance in this “security-seeking” endeavor.
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