NYPL Public Lecture: Stakes of a Triple Frontier City: the Untold History of Ciudad del Este 1/21 @ 1:15


I will be presenting some research as part of the New York Public Library's lectures on History on January 21 @ 1:15pm.

Here are the details:

Please join us as seven authors from the Library's Research Study Rooms
present in the South Court Auditorium a wide-ranging series of
free public lunch-time (1:15 pm) lectures on
History

Stakes of a Triple Frontier City: the Untold History of Ciudad del Este
Friday, January 21, 2011


Ciudad del Este is the stuff Hollywood dreams are made of. Paraguay’s second largest city is the subject of action movies, spy dramas, and airport mystery novels. In the heart of Latin America, the story goes, sits a triad of border cities where shoppers weave between rickety stands to enter gleaming shopping galleries owned by Taiwanese or Arab merchants. A panoply of organized crime supposedly takes advantage of low tariffs and even lower customs enforcement to smuggle billions in contraband to neighboring Foz do IguaƧu, Brazil or Puerto Iguazu, Argentina (and then beyond). Rather than this spectacular and yet shallow depiction of the city, come hear a different account of Ciudad del Este. Instead, we will look at the founding of the city in 1957 and its trajectory over the next three decades to see how a city planned to be the emblem of a modern Paraguay has developed into what it is today, the hopes and disillusionments of globalization.

Christine Folch is completing a dissertation in the Anthropology Department of the CUNY Graduate Center on the national and international politics of hydroelectricity, based on years of fieldwork in Paraguay.

Elevator access is at 42nd Street.
All programs are subject to last minute change or cancellation.

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One Response to NYPL Public Lecture: Stakes of a Triple Frontier City: the Untold History of Ciudad del Este 1/21 @ 1:15

nyc writers colonies said...

Ciudad del Este is the stuff Hollywood dreams are made of. Paraguay’s second largest city is the subject of action movies, spy dramas, and airport mystery novels.

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