Silvia Rodríguez Maeso

Silvia Rodríguez Maeso

University of Coimbra
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PhD in Political Sociology (University of the Basque Country), Silvia is Principal Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra and vice-coordinator of the Thematic Line "Democracy, Justice and Human Rights". She lectures in the PhD Programmes: "Human Rights in Contemporary Societies" (CES/IIIUC)and "Sociology of the State, Law and Justice" (CES/FEUC, starting in 2021-2022). She is currently coordinating the research project POLITICS - "The politics of anti-racism in Europe and Latin America: knowledge production, decision-making and collective struggles" (European Research Council, 2017-2022). Silvia has developed her research and teaching activities in the areas of critical race studies, anti-racism and decolonial thinking with a focus on: power and knowledge production; integration and inclusion public policies; urban security policies, police violence and racism, and antidiscrimination legislation and socio-legal discourse.

Talk Information:

Race and Space in the Global/Local (Mis)Adventures of 'Citizen Security' in Metropolitan Scenarios: The Case of Lima
September 30, 2022 | 9:00 AM

This seminar aims at exploring the methodological and theoretical challenges of unraveling and analyzing racialized security policies in metropolitan areas in Latin America since the 1990s, with a focus in the case of Lima (Peru).“Citizen security”, as a problem and a policy solution, has been produced as a principal development and public management issue combining debates over economic growth, reduction of poverty, human rights and democracy, with a specific emphasis on governing urban landscapes and populations. 

In this sense, I contend that the "citizen security” discourse and policies have been key in maintaining the colony and the polity modes of governance that organize the State-capital compound around surplus. Racism is crucial to understand this process, however, it is usually absent or merely mentioned in critical scholarship as a (possible) factor in the wider context of the criminalization of poverty. 

I will examine the meanings of “citizen security” and the political/moral projects envisioned and implemented under this banner in Peru and the Lima Metropolitan Area since the 1990s. I will discuss the analytical challenges of unraveling the racial underpinnings of discourses and policy proposals established around three key issues: (i)policing and police accountability; (ii) urban development/renewal; and (iii) youth and women empowerment/inclusion.

For further reading:

Denise Ferreira da Silva (2009) No-Bodies, Griffith Law Review, 18:2, 212-236,

Amar, Paul. 2013. The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism. Durham: Duke University Press.
Amparo Alves, Jaime. 2018. The Anti-Black City: Police Terror and Black Urban Life in Brazil. University of Minnesota Press.