December activities

December has been another month of travels so far. In the first week of the month, I was at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL, Feria Internacional del Libro), participating in an academic colloquium on economic, political and cultural relations between the United Kingdom and Mexico from the 16th to 20th centuries, organised by David Carbajal and Claudia Gamiño from the history department of the University of Guadalajara. Guillermo de la Peña, David Lehmann and I were invited to contribute to a panel dedicated to the contributions of British social anthropology. The UK was the guest of honour at this year’s FIL, and this colloquium was part of an extensive programme of events sponsored by the British Council. I am very grateful to our colleagues at the Universidad de Guadalajara for their invitation to participate in what was a very memorable event, and to Imke Van der Velde and her colleagues from the British Council for the truly outstanding support and hospitality that they provided to our delegation.

Less than 48 hours after returning from Guadalajara on December 7th, I was at the airport again to leave for Buenos Aires in the early hours of Wednesday morning for a workshop entitled Desigualdades persistentes y territorialidades emergentes: Disputas por el espacio urbano, organised by Mariano Perelman and Mercedes di Virgilio at the Instituto de Investigaciones Gino Germani of the University of Buenos Aires.  My wife, Maria Gabriela Hita, and I contributed a co-authored paper to a panel on inequality and access to the city. Our contribution, focused on issues of securitisation and the social implications of recent patterns of urban redevelopment in metropolitan cities was entitled “Desarrollo urbano e inseguridad: ¿cada quien en su lugar o limpieza social?”.

After all this recent travelling, I’m now looking forward to a more leisurely Christmas at home in Bahia.