Cities and Citizenship in Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean


Roberto Rocco
TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment
Sven da Silva
Wageningen University
Keywords: NALACS, TU Delft, CEDLA, Latin America, Caribbean, Cities, Citizenship


The Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS), in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology, organised the joint conference, ‘Cities and Citizenship in Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean,’ held on 16-17 June 2016 in Delft, the Netherlands. The 2-day conference embraced a wide range of topics related to urban development and citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Premises of the conference

In their pioneering collection of essays ‘Cities and Citizenship’, Holston and Appadurai (1999) as well as other prominent scholars, stressed the importance of cities in the making of modern citizens. At the end of the twentieth century, they demonstrated that urban environments are salient sites for examining the renegotiations of citizenship, democracy, and national belonging. This is arguably particularly the case in contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean, where cities seem to embody the aspirations of citizens and to showcase the best and the worse of their respective societies. It is here that we can observe major opportunities and threats to development, security and human rights, as well as major struggles for rights, inclusion and democracy

This conference was organised in 4 tracks

Track 1. Cities and Violence: Cities as salient sites where violence and conflict develop and affect the lives of citizens.

Track 2. Cities and sustainable development: Cities as salient sites where (spatial) planning and (sustainable) development ideas are applied, and where grassroots and governments alternatingly clash or collaborate in order to simultaneously build cities and structures of citizenship.

Track 3. Cities and identity: Cities as salient sites where citizen’s identities and resistances are expressed and repressed.

Track 4. Open for suggestions: Cities as salient sites for other themes related to urban life and urban development.



July 12, 2019


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