Amidst Walls, Wired Fences and Armored Cars: A Participatory Ethnography of Soundscapes in a Post-Industrial Brazilian Context
Based on both his academic experience with participatory action-research on the favela soundscapes of Rio de Janeiro and as a public sector cultural administrator, Samuel Araújo will explore the perceptions of young people in Rio who fail to identify with canonical musical heritages and adopt instead internationalized forms (e.g., funk, rap, graffiti). Araújo argues that such disidentification permits citizens to defy established artistic and cultural canons in ways which expose the degradation of social life spurred by policies of isolation and extermination of the poor.
Samuel Araújo coordinates the Ethnomusicology Laboratory at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is a Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago for the spring of 2014. He has published several articles and book chapters, in addition to editing three collective volumes, in Brazil and abroad on music, politics, cultural policy and violence. He concentrates also on action-research projects in collaboration with organizations based in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.