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Space and revolution in the city of Santo Domingo: chronotopes of the 1965 war

Grant number: 21/05444-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2021
Effective date (End): September 30, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Theory of Anthropology
Principal Investigator:João Felipe Ferreira Gonçalves
Grantee:Victor Miguel Castillo de Macedo
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The project will analyze urban spatial dynamics in the biggest and oldest city in the Caribbean, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic's capital, in the second half of the twentieth century, starting from the events of the 1965 revolution. Examining the different spatial-temporal understandings produced during the conflicts of the urban civil-military war, I will also consider the U.S. military occupation that lasted until 1966, when the main sponsor of the city reforms, Joaquín Balaguer, rose to power. The first hypothesis of this project is that the advent of the revolution imposed an axial cut to the city of Santo Domingo that characterized its exclusionary urban growth. The second hypothesis is that the urban transformations in the last decades of the twentieth are related to the slicing of stories of the revolution through the erasure of places. The project is based on participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and archival research in the Dominican Republic. The research will be based on materials such as the narrative of revolutionary veterans, urban maps produced as war artifacts, and documents on urban development in the 12 years following the revolution. The project's products are communications in national and international events, three articles in national journals, and the development of the digital project "Visual chronotopes from the South". (AU)

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