IPW Lecture: Rio de Janeiro. Mega-Events and Rapid Urban Change in the ‘Divided City’

Vortragende: Dr. Theresa Williamson (Catalytic Communities, Rio de Janeiro)
Moderation: Josefa Stiegler (IPW, Universität Wien)

Dienstag, 20. April 2021, 18:00 Uhr
Zoom Online-Veranstaltung: https://univienna.zoom.us/j/3262110409?pwd=enhjbHN2QVZoOHFCcW13RWY3ZjFxUT09
Meeting ID: 326 211 0409

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Abstract:
In the wake of Rio de Janeiro’s recent mega-event driven urban reconfigurations, the transformative years when Rio hosted the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games raised hope for actual investments and improvements in the city’s favelas – the city’s most chronically underserved communities. The presentation will provide an introduction to Rio and its social struggles, including the city’s racial history, particularly focusing on the rapid transformation of the city from 2009 through 2016. It offers an overview of Rio’s recent boom and bust’s impact on favelas and a detailed look at how communities have responded, developed and grown resistance strategies in response to these policies. Specifically, the talk discusses the question: what do Rio’s Olympic years teach us about poor urban planning and development policies, as well as effective community organizing and resistance?