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Medical Anthropology Research Group & Centre for Medical Humanities Seminar: 'Social impact of cultural access and creativity:Urban Cultural Policies in Mexico City'

18th May 2011, 16:00 to 18:00, Anthropology Seminar Room, Dawson Building, Durham University, South Road

Seminar - "Social impact of cultural access and creativity: Urban Cultural Policies in Mexico City" by Ana Rosas Mantecón, Anthropology Department, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana México, Visiting Fellow, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

In the search of improving social interaction, reverting deterioration of public spaces, and fighting crime, different cities all over the world have appealed to cultural access and creativity as means to confront exclusion, violence, and debilitated social ties. In European cities, like Dublin, Belfast or London, and some Latin American ones such as México City, Medellin and Bogotá, cultural policies have proven efficient for restructuring social tissue, improving living standards, transforming values, and creating a bridge for dialogue between different sectors of society. This lecture analyzes three of Mexico City's projects (one by the city government and the others rooted in civil society) that work with marginalized groups of people in urban, conflicted areas: ConArte (WithArt), Cultural Territories for Equality, and the Faros Network.

This seminar will be of interest not only to academic research staff, but also for students interested in developing research projects around the topics of inclusion, regeneration, development, culture and dialogue, and urban social anthropology.

Ana Rosas Mantecón is anthropologist, full time teacher and researcher at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana's Anthropology Department since 1992. Her research has specialized in cultural consumption and artistic reception, studying cultural policies and audiences in museums, cinemas, television, video, dance saloons, rock concerts; cultural tourism and urban heritage. She has given conferences and seminars in Mexico, Argentine, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal and Germany. She is part of Mexican and international research networks. Since 1989 she began working in the Program of Urban Culture, coordinated by Néstor García Canclini, conducting joint investigations on urban anthropology, cultural policies and audiences. She has also participated in the project México's cultural challenges facing globalization, coordinated by Lourdes Arizpe, with studies on cultural tourism and cinema industry. She coordinated a Research Group on Cultural Consumption at Clacso (Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales), formed by specialists from six different Latin American countries. Since 2007 she has participated in the Brazilian-Portuguese Network of Urban Studies, coordinated by Carlos Fortuna and Rogerio Proença.


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