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Desires and/on becoming, border cities: homosexualities and social transformation in Alto Solimões region

Grant number: 16/23046-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2017
Effective date (End): November 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Urban Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Silvana de Souza Nascimento
Grantee:Thiago de Lima Oliveira
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/02852-0 - Bodies and affects in Amazon border-crossing cities: rethinking urbanization, sexuality and social transformation in Alto Solimões, BE.EP.DR


The main purpose of the project is to analyze the processes of social transformation based on the urbanization of small and medium scales cities in the contemporary Amazon. It takes as an empirical and analytical axis the ways in which agents interacts with others agents and with this specific space. Some of these agents conceive themselves as homosexuals, other no, even establishing homoerotic exchanges with other men. The ethnographic locus is the triple northern border, in the Alto Solimões region, from the urban complex conformed by Tabatinga (Brazil), Letícia (Colombia), Islândia and Santa Rosa (Peru). The proposal is based on the potential of investigating the way gender experiences and sexualities are related to modes of perception and production of cities and urban, showing relationships and tensions from cities of small to medium scales. An initial assumption is that by resorting to these city and urban scales it is possible to glimpse movements and axialities that allow for a greater epistemic and empirical sophistication of the studies both on urban and contemporary erotisms. In methodological terms, the research is informed by the pretension of ethnographic description oriented from the spatial and temporal mobility processes, anchoring in the biographical trajectories of the interlocutors.

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OLIVEIRA, Thiago de Lima. Living the impossible: on bodies, affects and social transformation in the urbanization process of the Amazonian triple border. 2022. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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