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Open Class 'The compartmentalization of the world: (im)mobility, refugees and refugee camps' by Pedro F. Neto (ICS-UL)

November 30, 2016 (wednesday), 9.00 am, Room CCR1, Casa Cor de Rosa (The Pink House) - FAUP

The third session of the Cycle of Open Classes – Urbanisation of Poverty: “The social role of the architect" will have the theme ‘The compartmentalization of the world: (im)mobility, refugees and refugee camps’ and will be presented by the architect and anthropologist Pedro F. Neto (ICS-UL).

This class will take place on the 30th of November (wednesday), at 9.00 am, in the Room CCR1, at Casa Cor de Rosa (The Pink House) - FAUP.

Although created as temporary structures, refugee camps often remain in place well beyond the emergency. Over time, humanitarian sites become points of reference playing a preponderant role at the social, cultural, economic and even legal level of the region in which they are located. But the existence of refugee camps – and of refugees in general - leads to an urgent and broader reflection concerning the territorial organization, the influence of (im)mobility and its possible definitions, or the institutional strategies and discourses evident in socio-spatial forms of segregation and exclusion. Arguably, although locally implemented such issues have a global echo.

Thus, paradigmatic of the above-mentioned aspects, the Meheba Refugee Camp (Zambia) will be the starting point of this presentation. Established in 1971, Meheba is still open today. In spite of having been created as a response the influx of Angolan refugees, the truth is that the camp has undergone profound demographic changes – it ended up hosting people from other regional conflicts and from other areas in Zambia due to its humanitarian and developmental policies.

Moreover, in such a place it is possible to acknowledge a number of structural changes, from the occupation of an inhospitable territory for humanitarian purposes, to its transformation into the breadbasket of the region where it is located, to the new configurations resulting from the mining activity in its surroundings. For these and other reasons, Meheba proves to be emblematic of a growing compartmentalization of the world.

This class will be presented in English. Free entrance (limited to the capacity of the room).
Programme subject to changes.

Pedro F. Neto (1984, Tomar, Portugal) (1984, Tomar, Portugal) got his degree architecture from FAUP in 2009 with the thesis "Slums: Inspiration in times of crisis?". Between 2010 and 2011, he also worked as a researcher in the project "Silent Rupture: Intersections between architecture and cinema. Portugal 1960-1974 ", having written and filmed the short film ‘Sizígia’ (2012).
In 2016, he got his PhD in Anthropology from ISCTE and in Social Anthropology and Ethnology from the EHESS, Paris, with the thesis "A world on the move. Operative horizons among Angolan refugees and returnees (Meheba Refugee Camp, Zambia)". This process also included a period of studies in the department of Development Studies SOAS, University of London.
He is currently a researcher at ICS-UL and teaches in the seminar "Anthropology, Citizenship and Human Rights", of the Master in International Studies of the CEI-ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon.

This Open Classes cycle is coordinated by Professor Álvaro Domingues, the architect Ana Silva Fernandes and the MDT research group – 'Territory Morphologies and Dynamics' of CEAU-FAUP.

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