2015 Urban Forum

  • About the 2015 Urban Forum Flagship Event

    2015's flagship event is Cities and Spectacle in Modern Brazil, co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Urban Network, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Franke Institute May 8-9, 2015

Registration is closed for Cities and Spectacle, but the conference is open to the public, and all guests are welcome.

We now have bios for all conference presenters.

Cities and Spectacle in Modern Brazil

A Conference co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Urban Network, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Franke Institute

University of Chicago, May 8-9, 2015

The 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games have greatly transformed Brazil’s cities.  But mega-events such as these are just one of many forms of spectacle that have shaped global urban landscapes. This conference will bring together social scientists and cultural critics from across the hemisphere to discuss the ways in which spectacle — from global galas and cultural events to politicized forms of poverty, violence, and demands for civil rights — has impacted the modern urban form. By considering modern mega-events in the context of other formative spectacles, historical and contemporary, this conference will demonstrate the broader importance of spectacle in shaping urban economies, cultures, landscapes, and forms of governance.

Click here to view the preliminary conference program.

The conference is free and open to the public.  Meals are free for registered attendees.  For more information, contact Anne Dodge at the University of Chicago's Urban Network.