Teresa is professor of Urban and Regional Planning of University of California, Berkeley (EE.UU.). Teresa’s research focuses on predicaments of urbanization and reconfigurations of spatial segregation and social discrimination, mostly in cities of the global south. She has been studying the relationships between urban form and political transformation, particularly in the context of democratization. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining methodologies, theories, and approaches from the different social sciences, and especially concerned with reshaping ethnographic methods for the study of cities. She is author of the book City of Walls, and an expert on Comparative Urbanism, on which her keynote speech will focus upon.

Contested territories: Gender, violence, and consumption

Cities are spaces of multi-layered struggles.  The reproduction of gender inequalities, not infrequently through violence, has always been at the core of some of these struggles.  Nevertheless, configurations of gender tension change constantly.  This talk explores some new formations of gender inequality and the violence that accompany them.  It looks at some infamous cases of gang rape as a way of accessing emerging articulations of urban transformation, gender roles, patterns of consumption, and appropriation of public space.