Teresa Caldeira, Chair and Professor of City and Regional Planning, was featured on AnthroPod, a podcast produced by the Society for Cultural Anthropology. Caldeira has conducted extensive research on violence and processes of urbanization in the global South and has recently been examining a range of urban practices and forms of cultural production from the peripheries of São Paulo that are reshaping public space, including rap music, graffiti, ostentation funk, and pixação (a Portuguese word for tagging done in a cryptic style, often in high, dangerous, and noteworthy places).
AnthroPod had the chance to join Caldeira on a visit to a local church in Jardim das Camélias, a neighborhood that she has been studying since the 1970s. This episode is an edited version of the conversation that followed that visit, in which contributing editor Liliana Gil and Caldeira discussed the latter’s most recent work, as well as her experiences in the field. The discussion includes reflections on the difference between studying the same neighborhood for decades and starting new research in a different social and economic moment. It also touches on the limits of experience and intimacy as bases for anthropological knowledge.
AnthroPod features interviews with current anthropologists about their work, current events, and their experiences in the field.