Throughout the history of anthropology, the city's heterogeneity and diversity have been perceived as the driving force in the production of urban spaces and borders. The city starts to be conceived as a specific environment capable of conglomerating differences through its economic and institutional base or through identification processes. However, there is little systematization of the relational processes that lead to the production of inequalities and the crystallization of differences, and notions such as identity, culture and race have been seen as elements prior to the constitution of urban relations that establish them. Thus, although urban studies, on their most different fronts, are permeated by the meta-narratives of urbanization, modernization, development and their constant crises, the counterparts that define such narratives are rarely made explicit. In this dossier, we are interested in scrutinizing how different processes of racialization were consistent with the production of urban diversity and inequality in different cities around the globe. In this sense, we are interested in research aimed at investigating social processes, intellectual itineraries, agents, social movements and different bureaucratic, technical and scientific institutions that defined and shaped racializing categories that (re)produce the various urban social groups, as well as the practices and mobilized logics. We invite articles that seek to think about race and city not from a priori conceptual categories, preexisting relationships, but that seek to ethnography both processes of racialization of urban groups and assemblages produced around the idea of ​​race. Finally, we invite critical texts of established narratives about cities and urbanization in the social sciences from different metropolitan realities in different regions of the world.

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Editorial Commission of Ponto Urbe - Journal of the Center for Urban Anthropology at USP.

Applications for the GT "The challenge of the urban: intersections, resistances, utopias" (coordinated by Graça Cordeiro and Joan Pujadas, with Heitor Frúgoli Jr. as debater) at the next APA congress (Évora, 6-9/9/2022, were expanded until 3/28/22 (

Luís Michel Françoso (PPGAS-USP) participated in an article by SPTV (Globo) about improper construction in an urban area listed by Conpresp.

Registration is now open for the WG "The challenge of the urban: intersections, resistances, utopias" (coordinated by Graça Cordeiro and Joan Pujadas, with Heitor Frúgoli Jr. as debater) at the next APA congress (Évora, 6-9/9/ 2022,, whose communication must be sent by 3/18/2022, in Portuguese or Spanish, preferably (

We are happy to release the new 11 entries published in the Anthropology Encyclopedia (EA) this semester, including biographical profiles on indigenous intellectuals, anthropologists and anthropologists from Algeria, United States and India, works and concepts, as well as our first subfield entry. The entries will be released throughout this week and the next on our social networks: @ea_antropo (Twitter and Instagram). Help spread the word about EA by sharing it in your study and research groups, also on your lists. Next contributions will be received by the end of March 2022. See the website:

The film Woya Hayi Mawe - Where are you going?, produced by LISA directed by Rose Satiko Hikiji and Jasper Chalcraft and edited by Ricardo Dionisio, received the Honorable Mention in the feature film category, at the Ana Maria Galano award, at the 45th. ANPOCS Annual Meeting. The film and other materials from the anthropologists' research with African artists residing in São Paulo are available at

What do African musicians and artists who arrived in São Paulo in recent years bring in their luggage? What impacts do they have on the artistic worlds and on social struggles in the city?

The Afro-Sampas website brings together, in films and essays, the music and art that are born from the encounters between Africans and other inhabitants of this megalopolis.

Visit and watch the full documentary Woya Hayi Mawe – Where are you going?, starring the Mozambican Lenna Bahule, and the short Tabuluja (Wake up!), with the Congolese Shambuyi Wetu. Also visit Afro-Sampas, the meeting of Lenna, Yannick Delass (Democratic Republic of Congo), Edoh Amassize and Sassou Espoir Ametoglo (Togo) with Brazilians Ari Colares, Chico Saraiva and Meno Del Picchia. Also access photo essays, performance records and more.

Afro-Sampas is the result of the project “Making music and African cultural heritage in São Paulo”, developed by anthropologists Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji and Jasper Chalcraft, together with the FAPESP Thematic Project “Local music: new tracks for Ethnomusicology” (2016/05318- 7), and has the support of the Pro-Rectory of Culture and Extension of the University of São Paulo through the 5th EDITAL SANTANDER/USP/FUSP for the Promotion of Culture and Extension Initiatives.

The book, which has just come out by aba publications label, is available on aba's website: - the volume titles are organized alphabetically. With this link, you can access directly!

The ethnographic film “Canto de Família”, by Paula Bessa Braz, doctoral student at PPGAS, and Mihai Andrei Leaha, post-doctoral student, had its premiere at the In-Edit Brasil festival of Musical Documentary.

The film was made with the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at USP and with the support of LISA, based on research conducted by Paula during her master's degree on the “affective music” that inhabits the home and the daily life of the Cruz Family at outskirts of Fortaleza.

The film received a special mention from the jury, highlighting the sensitive and direct way in which it addresses family life and its unique relationship with music, which is revealed in subtleties, gestures, words and sounds. The film will be available online and free of charge until 30/06 on the In-Edit platform, and from then on it will be shown for three months on the SPCine platform.

Event (6/4/2021) with the presence of Prof. João Baptista Borges Pereira, on the role of Prof. Egon Schaden in the foundation in 1953, and in his work as editor, for many years, of the Journal of Anthropology (DA/FFLCH/USP), the first anthropology journal in Brazil: