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Date(s) - 02/15/2016
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Garrison Hall 4.100

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Workshop: “Urban Chiaroscuro: Rio de Janeiro and the Politics of Nightfall,” by Amy Chazkel

Monday, February 15 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Garrison Hall (GAR), 4.100 128 INNER CAMPUS DR , Austin, Texas 78705

“In early- and mid-nineteenth- century Rio de Janeiro, the setting sun daily triggered a legal regime distinct from the one that prevailed in daylight: for instance, nightfall turned an artisan carrying a tool into a criminal wielding a weapon, or a free person of color into a presumed slave. Changes in the built environment and urban culture in the early twentieth century attenuated the legal and political importance of nightfall.  Rio’s nightlife attracted—and employed—multitudes from across Brazil and, eventually, the world. Yet the long history of the distinction between day and night bore a lasting impact on the city’s legal culture. This presentation comes from a historical research project that seeks to uncover a crucial but unexplored dimension of the development of the politics of everyday life in a modern city, the analysis of which has dwelled on questions of space but largely ignored time.”

Dr. Amy Chazkel (Ph.D. Yale University) is Associate Professor of History at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Laws of Chance: Brazil’s Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Urban Public Life in Brazil (Duke University Press, 2011). 

Chazkel is also the winner of the New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Book Prize, co-winner of the J. Willard Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association, and recipient of Honorable Mention for the Best Book Prize of the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association.

Laws of Chance will be published in Portuguese translation in Brazil by Editora da Unicamp. Other publications include articles on penal institutions, illicit gambling, forced labor in post-colonial Brazil and co-edited issues of the Radical History Review that explore the privatization of common property in global perspective and Haitian history.

She has held faculty fellowships and visiting scholar positions at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, the Institute for Latin American Studies / Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia, the Center for the Humanities, the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, and the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Her projects in progress include a co-edited anthology of primary sources on the history of Rio de Janeiro and research for a book that explores the social, cultural, and legal history of nighttime in nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro.

Fernando Lara
Associate Professor, School of Architecture
University of Texas at Austin
Profile: soa.utexas.edu/people/fernando-lara

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email Courtneyby 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 12.