Excluding spaces: Indigenous peoples in Brazilian urban contexts
The construction of excluding spaces, the production of foreigners: indigenous peoples in Brazilian urban contexts
Lecture given by Danilo Silva Guimarães, Associated professor at the Institute of Psychology (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Contemporary cultural psychology understands human development as migration. We are all migrants because our life is in movement, exploring the unknown while holding on to the known. People always carry their homeland experiences where they go. They apprehend the world through the lens of what they have learned at home. Our previous studies on migration showed some implications of this lifestyle for the construction of the self. For the Mbya Guarani, a traditionally nomad indigenous people from the South American lowlands, the structure that sustains the terrestrial world should be freely occupied by different human communities and cultures. Nevertheless, colonization created municipal, state and federal borders, leading to the present confinement of indigenous peoples in islands of territories. Besides, the indigenous presence in the cities is not recent as the first Brazilian urban populations settled in traditional indigenous territories or close to their communities.The lecture will focus on the presence of indigenous peoples in Brazilian cities, reflecting on the conflicts and the solutions they propose in order to resist as indigenous in contemporary challenging situations.The lecture will be held in English. A short documentary in Portuguese with English subtitles will also be shown.
When: Sunday, the 25th of August from 16:00 to 18:00
Where: Infozentrale auf dem Vollgut, Am Sudhaus 3, 12053 Berlin