Estefania González Vélez from Colombia, just acquired a doctorate in Cultural Agents at the National University of Colombia. For those who are part of the construction of Cultural Agents, the members of the PhD at the National University of Colombia, and for those acting within the cultural field, this milestone is quite significant. Estefania is the first student who graduates from a PhD program in this line, confirming the importance of proposing new theories and approaches to understand social transformation processes occurring in the region.
In order to get her degree, Estefania developed a compared research process between cultural collectives in the peripheries of Medellin and Sao Paulo, which provide a wide fieldwork and a theoretical research that puts into dialogue different authors. This allowed her to understand the processes led by young people within Latin American peripheries that she defines as "cultural traffic". The aforementioned involves complex relationships, negotiations and complex meetings with public policies, the marketplace, and with the actors in the territory. In her research, Gonzalez Velez also developed other conceptual approaches such as, "refuge communities", "cultural productive arrangements " and“periphery consumes periphery".
The dissertation, "Cultural Traffic: the Construction of New Subjectivities in the Peripheries of Medellin and Sao Paulo," is accompanied by Paolo Vignolo, and was evaluated and approved by Brazilian and Colombian juries in February 2016.
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