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Doris Sommer is selected as a Fulbright Specialist Roster candidate

We at Cultural Agents Initiative would like to congratulate Doris Sommer, Director of Cultural Agents Initiative, Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, on being recommended for the Fulbright Specialist Roster by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).

The Roster is a list of all candidates who are eligible to be matched with incoming project requests from overseas academic institutions for Fulbright Specialists. As a Roster candidate, she will be considered for project requests that require her expertise. 

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ECA and CIES congratulate you on being selected as a Fulbright Specialist Roster candidate. Whether or not you ultimately receive a Fulbright Specialist grant, we appreciate your interest in international scholarly exchanges and trust that you will continue to support this endeavor, which is so vital to academic and professional communities around the world.

 - María de los Ángeles Crummett
Executive Director,
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

 

Cultural Traffic: the Construction of New Subjectivities in the Peripheries of Medellin and Sao Paulo

 Figura 3: Peace One Day in Medellín. Photo: Yojan Valencia. (From right to left: A l onso Salazar, Mayor of Medellín; John Jaime Sánchez, Son Batá leader; JBalvín, recognised reggaeton singer; Musician from Crew Peligrosos of Comuna 4; Jeihhco, artist and cultural manager of Comuna 13; Juanes, Colombian singer; Mario, vocalist of the group Doctor Krápula; and Nene, from Son Batá) 

Figura 3: Peace One Day in Medellín. Photo: Yojan Valencia.
(From right to left: A l onso Salazar, Mayor of Medellín; John Jaime Sánchez, Son Batá leader; JBalvín, recognised reggaeton singer; Musician from Crew Peligrosos of Comuna 4; Jeihhco, artist and cultural manager of Comuna 13; Juanes, Colombian singer; Mario, vocalist of the group Doctor Krápula; and Nene, from Son Batá) 

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. 

To read the full thesis, please see:

http://www.bdigital.unal.edu.co/51287/1/estefaniagonzalezvelez.2016.pdf

Using Art as City Problem Solver

Mayor Martin Walsh and the City of Boston are embedding artists in governmental departments to help stimulate new thinking and different forms of problem solving. Three artists will be granted a six-month residency in order to incorporate new approaches into city departments and to promote creative thinking about municipal government.

For full article see: https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/02/15/using-art-city-problem-solver/05MUArdOSpkzTheRCWIpNJ/story.html

Mockus' plan to return Civic Culture to Bogotá

  (Photo: Archive, Newspaper "El Tiempo")

(Photo: Archive, Newspaper "El Tiempo")

Former Bogota’s Mayor, Antanas Mockus has a new pedagogy of citizenship. His plan, in alliance with the Major Enrique Peñalosa, has two main steps. The first is based on the concept of respect. “El respeto por lo chiquitito” is the slogan created by Mockus, in which he believes respect starts with simple and easy actions as child’s games. The second reflects on the concept of equality of the Constitution. For Mockus, society must to achieve self-regulations' forms. In this way, it would not be necessary the presence of the police in every block and citizens regulate themselves.

You can read the article in: http://www.eltiempo.com/politica/partidos-politicos/antanas-mockus-le-apuesta-a-la-cultura-ciudadana-en-bogota/16483287