Production of a Space of Memory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Local Conflicts and Illegalisms in the Production of a Space of Memory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

by Nicolas Bautès

On Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at 3:45 p.m. 

At Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research

P.C. Nicolas Bautès

This talk is about the various social and legal strategies adopted by different actors in the context of urban restructuring in the Port zone of Rio de Janeiro, with focus on the particular case of landmarking Pedra do Sal, an Afro Brazilian historical and religious monument located in this zone. By narrating the different strategies used in this complex set of conflicts around social recognition, demarcation of a place of memory and heritage making, I will try to situate these in the socio-political processes accompanying the ongoing urban reformsPorto Maravilha (Operação Urbana em Consórcio, municipal law 102/2009), launched in 2009 with the aim to promote local restructuring, by extending, forming and re-qualifying the region (Concessionaria Porto Novo).
I will discern such strategies through the claims of inhabitants who have faced the consequences of historical injustice as well as the current urban reforms. Through their voices, and based on a series of interviews conducted with several stakeholders, from local shopkeepers and activists to members of drug dealers’ movements, I will show in which ways informal power games, social pressure and intimidations permeate the harbor district as it undergoes profound structural changes, and operate decision making processes, influence speculation and promote economic benefits through producing and marketing heritage.


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For further information, please contact: Olivier Telle (CSH) at telle.olivier@gmail.comMarie-Hélène Zerah(CPR) at

Free entry, no registration required.

Looking forward to seeing you there,


Prof. Nicolas Gravel

Director of CSH

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