Place and Play in Contemporary Brazil and China

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Global Think Tank Center · Academic Activities


  FDDI Overseas Visiting Scholar Seminar (33)


2017年12月28日 14:00丨14:00PM, December 28th, 2017

地点 Venue

复旦大学智库楼203室丨Room 203, Think Tank Building, Fudan University

主办 Host

复旦发展研究院 丨Fudan Development Institute

复旦大学孔子学院办公室丨Confucius Institute Affairs Office, Fudan University

主持人 Chair

于海 丨复旦大学社会发展与公共政策学院教授

YU Hai 丨Professor, School of Social Development and Public Policy


Place and Play in Contemporary Brazil and China——Illustrated by the cases of The Park Minhocão and The Redtown

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Elena Kilina 


Doctoral Fellow, Confucius China Studies Program, Fudan University 


Lena Kilina是一位来自俄罗斯的视觉艺术家和声音艺术表演者。她早年毕业于音乐学院的钢琴和声乐专业,之后在新西伯利亚国立大学主修中国哲学与亚洲研究专业。她于2012年获得隆德大学东方文化专业硕士学位,并于2014年起在巴西坎培纳斯州立大学攻读视觉人类学和城市研究专业博士学位。与此同时,Lena是上海世界音乐学院驻同济大学设计与创新学院大使,也是复旦大学社会发展与公共政治学院的孔子文化青年学者奖项获得者之一。

Lena was born in Russia, on the border with China and Mongolia. She having graduated from music school as a piano and vocal major, she then went on to major in Asian Studies and Chinese Philosophy at Novosibirsk State University. Her academic theses and scientific research have since been published in both Russian and international magazines. In 2012 Lena has received Master of Science in Lund University with Oriental cultures specialization. Since 2014 Elena is conducting PHD research in visual anthropology and urban studies in Brazil (UNICAMP).

Visual arts and sound art performer, had numerous international audio-visual exhibitions (Spain, Sweden, Brazil, China, Japan).

Ambassador of Shanghai World Music School based in Tongji University Design and Innovation School. 

Lena is a winner of Confucius grant for young scholars at the School of Social Development and Public Policy of Fudan University.



This research builds on the conversation about the relationship between space and people, with the focus on the anthropology of space and the introduction of state of play (engagement) which in the framework of BRICS, as described in the case studies of Brazil and China. 

The modern colonial geographies’ viewpoint may urge us to rethink these notions with the emergence of alternative functions of some spaces, and the re-imagination of urban space by what it may be named global modernity. At the local, regional, national and global context, space is not an empty element, but is complicated mixture of social and public relations and meanings. 

The intend contrast between the Sao Paulo site--Minhocão and Shanghai space- Redtown was to identify some key factors regarding why one space “works” for play and one does not. Redtown can be defined as the still birth of an incubator, and as such provides a means for investigating the reasons as to why it does not work as a planned arts hub, including the reasons it never worked as a site of play. The park Minhocão in contrast is an urban phenomenon that can be considered in the context of the urban space of São Paulo, and as an urban construction without the involvement of residents in the surrounding areas. 


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