Fellowship in Urban Narratives of Conviviality-Inequality


Mecila’s Research Area – [Hi]Stories of Conviviality

Caio Urban Narratives

The Invisible Spaces of Citizenship: Transnational Belonging through Music

Caio da Silveira Fernandes holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and an MA in Geography from the Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR). He was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Kentucky during his doctoral studies, and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at CEBRAP’s International Postdoctoral Program (IPP), as well as associated researcher of the research cluster Mobilidades, Teorias, Temas e Métodos (MTTM) at USP. His primary research area consists of ethnographic approaches to migration, citizenship, and inequalities in urban spaces .

This project focuses on the intersection of art, migration, and citizenship in São Paulo. It aims to identify and analyze invisible spaces that play a significant role in the reimagining of citizenship, but are overshadowed by the formal aspects of Politics. The conventional understanding of citizenship is the affiliation of an individual to a Nation State; nationality is central to guarantee their rights and create belonging. Consequently, what does not fit in this logic turns invisible, including those of other nationalities and spaces that go beyond State institutions. This project considers how art can question order, on the one hand, and how it can produce new orders, on the other. To this end, I invert the conventional order of citizenship by highlighting Guinea Conakry musicians who live in Sao Paulo and mediate the city’s convivialities-inequalities through African dance and percussion. The project involves following the everyday trajectories of four African migrants; carrying out in-depth interviews with them; and organizing three dance and percussion workshops in different locations within the city.

18.11 | Workshop de dança e percussão de Guiné Conacri – África

Jasmin Immonen Urban Narratives


Jasmin Immonen is a social anthropologist. Her research fields are youth, schooling, and urban land policies in neoliberal Peru. As both researcher and activist, her current interests are feminist and decolonial approaches to the climate crisis and climate precarity, as well as new concepts of well-being and governance for the global North (or the Minority World).

The project “Connections” explores how art, bodily, and alternative methodologies are used to draw connections between feminism, Nature, and diaspora. The project uses art as a tool to reduce power disparities through its ability to deconstruct, to tell another story and to cure. The project works with the themes of sentipensar through art to create a connection with the audience. Latin American and global artists are invited to São Paulo to deliver a workshop and carry out interventions, ranging from dance performances to visual art, in order to connect with other people and disrupt mundane life. In this way, art becomes a tool to unite and explore oneself, rather than an object for consumption. These explorations aim to invert subject-object relations, emphasizing interconnectedness, rather than separation.

17.08 | CORPO MIGRANTE – um corpo ressonante
18.09 | Corpas que voam: conexões São Paulo