4: Authoritarian traces in urban landscapes

Chairs: Florencia Quesada, HCAS (florencia.quesada@helsinki.fi), and Anja Nygren, University of Helsinki (anja.nygren@helsinki.fi)

Time: Friday 17th of February, 13:00-15:00.
Place: House of Sciences and Letters, room 312.

This panel seeks to analyze the multiple manifestations and complex trajectories of authoritarian legacies in the urban scenes of the global South, with a twofold focus: unjust geographies and collective memory. Thus we welcome papers, which examine how authoritarian regimes mixed with neoliberal policies – in the name of development – are transforming urban spaces in the global South by privileging specific services and other benefits of development in particular areas, while transforming risks of societal insecurity and environmental unsafety to other areas.

At the same time, the panel seeks to explore the importance of reconciliation and collective memory in urban spaces of interaction, to comprehend how residents and neighborhoods cope with and rebound from violent legacies of authoritarian regimes, and how the social traumas and tactics of recuperation translate into everyday creations, artistic expressions and alternative designs in urban landscapes.

13:00 Struggling with “archaic” modernity: Latvian neopagan movement and authoritarian regime 1934-1940. Deniss Hanovs and Valdis Tēraudkalns, University of Latvia.

13:25: Guatemala City, authoritarian practices in the city’s first modern urban growth. Florencia Quesada, University of Helsinki.

13:50: Bogotá: An uneven geography of Colombian urbanization. Germán Andrés Quimbayo Ruiz, University of Eastern Finland

14:15: Studying inter-racial social integration in the middle-class suburb in Cape Town. Raakel Inkeri, University of Helsinki

14:40 Contentious Memories and Contested Reconciliations in the City of Bogotà, Colombia. Elisa Tarnaala, University of Helsinki and CMI, the Martti Ahtisaari Centre.