Welcoming our Visiting Scholar, Wescley Xavier: ‘The city as a product’


Published by Harriet Phipps

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Cemore is delighted to welcome one of our latest visiting scholars, Wescley Xavier, to Lancaster University and introduce him to everyone associated with Cemore. If you would like to connect with Wescley during his time here with us then please feel free to ask to get in contact with him through cemore@lancaster.ac.uk.

“I am currently Associate Professor at the Management School of the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), Brazil. I hold a Ph.D. in Organisation Studies at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (with an exchange period at the Université Paris-Dauphine, France). Furthermore, since 2014 I have been a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Postgraduate Program in Public Administration of UFV.  

I have worked with researchers closely linked to cultural production and its relation to spatial and territorial issues. I am especially focused on the dialectic feature of culture and how this feature arises as an extension of other domination spheres on social life, especially economic ones. Based on these perspectives, I have been investigating spatial determination in cultural places; culture as an apparatus of distinction and as an identity determinant; and history and memory about forgotten cultural productions.  

To this end, I have investigated the effects of the State and Municipal Laws of Incentive to Culture; culture as a mechanism of identity distinction and determination; the preservation of history and memory concerning forgotten cultural productions. Currently I study the process of commodification of cities involved in the tourism market and the creation of sceneries that can compose the city as a product. Among all the processes involved in the commercialisation of cities, my research aims to understand the creation of a relatively homogeneous sense of ‘city’ that can be recognised in the tourism market and its direct effect on spatial occupation, in an organic or planned way.” 

 We’re very much looking forward to being able to work with Wescley and learn more about his work, and to show him lovely Lancaster! Keep an eye out for any events we organise with our visiting scholars over the next academic year.  

To see a full overview of all of our visitors, fellows and all their collaborations with us, please visit here. 


Photo by Janis Oppliger on Unsplash



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