The Latin American and Caribbean Cities Collective (LAC Cities Collective) is a collaborative space for faculty, students, and community members dedicated to promoting discussion and reflection on the multiple forms of urbanization and urbanism that shape the everyday lives of the majority of people living in the LAC region.
The collective first and foremost acknowledges the unequal power relations implicit in how cities in the region have been shaped. It also recognizes that struggles over urban space and the right to the city are central to understanding politics, everyday forms of democracy and citizenship, the multiple ways of oppression and marginalization, and the alternative forms of inclusion and participation in the region. As a space for discussion, sharing and reflection based in the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the collective aims to highlight the experiential knowledge of ordinary people and to engage with creative and radical methodologies, pluriversal and decolonial perspectives, plebeian-popular, feminist and insurgent initiatives that support the reproduction of life across diverse urban contexts. The collective also looks to build bridges, extend conversations, and learn from/with Migrant, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx urbanisms across all of the Americas.
Our Fall 2022 programming has wrapped up, but we have two visitors lined up for the Spring 2023 semester.
On April 3rd, Sofía Zaragocín (pictured left) visits campus. She is a professor in the Department of International Relations, School of Social Studies and Humanities at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, in Ecuador.
And on May 4th, Clara Irazábal (pictured below), Professor and Director of Urban Studies & Planning in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland will be on campus.
Keep your eyes on this page for more information about their upcoming visits!