Masterclass on Art and Urban Change

26June2017 14:00 - 17:00


How is urban change represented or imagined in art? How is art put to use as a tool in stimulating or resisting urban change? This masterclass invites PhD candidates and advanced masters students whose research involves such questions, to join us in exploring interdisciplinary perspectives on how ‘art’ functions as a form of cultural political transformation in urban contexts.

Professor Olivia Gomes da Cunha is based at the Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Trained in history and anthropology, she combines methods and theories from across these and adjacent disciplines to understand how people mobilize cultural resources (spirituality, art, language, memory) to transform landscapes, economies and political relations.

She has brought her combination of ethnographic, historical and material culture methods to bear primarily on urban postcolonial contexts in Brazil, Suriname, Cuba, and the US. Her current work includes a project on beween art activism, art intervention, and political occupation in relation to urban change in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Moengo, Suriname.


The masterclass is open to all PhD candidates and advanced masters students whose research connects to the theme. The workshop will take place on Monday, June 26 from 14.00 to 17.00hrs, and will be followed by drinks and dinner. To participate in the masterclass, please send an email including a brief bionote and description of your research project to Jelke Bosma ( by June 15.


The masterclass is organized by Professor Rivke Jaffe (Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam) and funded by the Visiting Professor Programme of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). 

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