Another history of the lost cities of Amazonia: development and utopia in contemporary Brazil

Danielle Heberle Viegas (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

February 13, 2023, 15h00 (GMT)

Online event


In this session, the speaker proposes an analysis of the emergence and disappearance of cities in the Brazilian Amazon throughout the 20th century and up to the present day, against the backdrop of developmentalist policies and the technical-authoritarian urbanisation model. On the one hand, we will analyse how the discourse on the failure of these cities mobilises some of the stereotypes associated with the rainforest, such as that of a green hell, and, on the other, how their socio-environmental resilience relativizes the very idea of abandonment.

Bio note
Danielle Heberle Viegas
| Historian. She holds a PhD (2016) and an MA (2011) in History from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Global History at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (2021-2022). She currently resides in Germany and is the principal investigator of the project "Back to nature: COVID-19, utopia and socio-spatial dynamics in Brazil" linked to the programme "Corona Crisis and Beyond - Perspectives for Science, Scholarship and Society" of the Volkswagen Foundation. In Brazil, she was a professor at La Salle University between 2016 and 2020 in the Postgraduate Programme in Social Memory and Cultural Assets (PPGMSBC), in the Master in Environmental Impact Assessment (PPGAIA) and in the courses of History (Bachelor and Degree) and Architecture and Urbanism (Bachelor). At this university, she developed project with CNPq aid "Planejando o terceiro mundo: transnacionalidade e circulação de ideias em experiências de planejamento urbano no Sul do Brasil" (2019-2020)". She also worked as a teacher in the public network of technical and higher education, in the Federal Institute of Rio Grande do Sul (2016-2017). She is a researcher at the Observatório das Metrópoles (Núcleo Porto Alegre), member of AHILA (Asociación de Historiadores Latinoamericanistas Europeos), collaborator of the network UEDXX (Urbanism of European Dictatorship during the XXth) and of BAYLAT (Bavarian Academic Center for Latin America).

Activity under the project ECO | Animals and Plants in Cultural Productions about the Amazon River Basin (ERC CG Grant nº 101002359)


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