Bianca Freire-Medeiros: "A Place to Take Away" & "25 Years of Favela Tourism: Continuities, Changes, and Challenges," Wednesday, March 8, 6-8pm, & Thursday, March 9, 4-6pm, Humanities 2, Rm 259, UC Santa Cruz

December 16, 2016

By , & Amanda Smith, Assistant Professor of Literature 


During her visit to UC Santa Cruz, Bianca Freire-Medeiros will participate in a screening and discussion of Felippe Schultz Mussel's A Place to Take Away (2012) and deliver a lecture on favela tourism in Brazil. Based on Professor Freire-Medeiros' research, Mussel's documentary analyzes the implications of tourism in the Rio de Janeiro favela of Rocinha, what many consider Latin America’s largest favela. The screening will take place on Wednesday March 8, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm, and the lecture, on Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:00-6:00pm. Both events will be held in Humanities 2, room 259, and are free and open to the public.

freire-medeiros-headshotBianca Freire-Medeiros' interdisciplinary training spans sociology and the history and theory of art and architecture.  She has worked with photographic and cinematic images of urban space and cultural otherness and is the author of O Rio de Janeiro que Hollywood inventou (The Rio de Janeiro That Hollywood Invented), as well as numerous articles on U.S. representations of Rio de Janeiro in film, travel accounts, and scholarly writings.  Her more recent book, Touring Poverty (Routledge, 2013), examines the controversial transformation of impoverished neighborhoods of megacities of the Global South into attractions for international tourists.  She is Professor of Sociology at Universidade de São Paulo and, over 2016-17, Tinker Visiting Professor at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Professor Freire-Medeiros' lecture and the screening of A Place to Take Away are free and open to the public.  Both events are co-sponsored by the Chicano Latino Research Center, Center for Cultural Studies, Porter College, Merrill College, Colleges 9 & 10, and the Departments of Latin American and Latino Studies, Sociology, and Literature.