Prof. Dr. Fraya Frehse

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    Lead Partner & Action Speaker

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    University of São Paulo

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Biography: Prof. Dr. Fraya Frehse is a Professor of Sociology at the University of São Paulo (USP), where she coordinates the Centre for Studies and Research on the Sociology of Space and Time (NEPSESTE) and acts as a lead partner of the GCSMUS. She is an alumna of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), a Productivity Research fellow of the Brazilian Research Council (CNPq), and Life Member of Clare Hall College (University of Cambridge). She holds a BA and a teaching diploma in Social Sciences (Anthropology, Political Science and Sociology) from USP, where she also did her MA and her PhD in Social Anthropology (in this case, after an eight-month research stay at the University of Oxford, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and Freie Universität – FU – Berlin). She was a recipient of an AvH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in (Urban) Sociology at FU Berlin and Humboldt Universität (HU) in Berlin. Her research mainly focuses on urban theory; space, everyday life and history; space and time in sociology; body, public space and urbanisation (in Brazil); urban mobility; urban inequality/poverty; cultural heritage; urban visual culture; sociology of everyday knowledge.

Selected Publications:

  • Frehse, F. (2011): Ô da Rua! O Transeunte e o Advento da Modernidade em São Paulo. São Paulo: Edusp, 632. ISBN 978-85-314-1280-6

  • Frehse, F. (2005): O Tempo das Ruas na São Paulo de Fins do Império. São Paulo: Edusp, 272. ISBN 85-314-0837-7

  • Frehse, F. (forthcoming: 2020): The Historicity of the Re-Figuration of Spaces under the Scrutiny of the Pre-Covid São Paulo Homeless Pedestrians. In: Million, A./Haid, C./Castillo Ulloa, I./Baur, N. (eds.). Spatial Transformations: The Effect of Mediatization, Mobility, and Social Dislocation on the Re-Figuration of Spaces. Oxford: Routledge.

  • Frehse, F. (2020): On the temporalities and spatialities of the production of space. In: SFB 1265 Working Paper Series, 4, 27.

  • Frehse, F. (2017): Relational Space through Historically Relational Time – in the Bodies of São Paulo’s Pedestrians. Current Sociology, 65 (2), Monograph 2. [printed version in Current Sociology Monograph, 65 (4), 2017, 511-532].

  • Frehse, F. (2018). On Regressive-Progressive Rhythmanalysis. In: Bauer, J./Fischer, R. (eds.). Perspectives on Henri Lefebvre: Theory, Practices and (Re-)Readings. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 95-117.

  • Frehse, F. (forthcoming: 2020): Erving Goffman’s Sociology of Physical Space for Architects and Urban Designers. In: Avermaete, T./Medrano, L./Recamán, L. (eds.). The New Urban Condition: Architecture and the City in the 21st Century. New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

  • Frehse, F. (2018): On the Everyday History of Pedestrians’ Bodies in São Paulo’s Downtown amid Metropolization (1950-2000). In: Freire-Medeiros, B. and J. O’Donnell (eds.). Urban Latin America: Words, Images, Flows and the Built Environment. London/New York: Routledge, 15-35.

  • Frehse, F. (2016): Da desigualdade social nos espaços públicos centrais brasileiros. Sociologia & Antropologia, 6 (1), 129-158.

  • Frehse, F. (2014): For Difference ‘in and through’ São Paulo: The Regressive-Progressive Method. In: Stanek, L./C. Schmid/Á. Moravánsky (eds.). Urban Revolution Now. Farnham Surrey/Birlington: Ashgate, 243-262.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Urban Sociology
  • Sociology of Space
  • Sociology of (Everyday) Time
  • Historical Sociology
  • Urban Anthropology

Current Position(s):

  • Since 2006 – Professor of Sociology (of the City, of Space and of Everyday Life) at USP
  • Since 2020 – Lead partner of the GCSMUS at USP
  • Since 2018 – Coordinator of the Centre for Studies and Research in the Sociology of Space and Time (NEPSESTE) (University of São Paulo)

Past Position(s)

  • 2020 – Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Latin American Studies (University of Cambridge)
  • 2020 – Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall College (University of Cambridge)
  • 2019 – Visiting Fellow at the AvH at the Collaborative Research Centre “Re-Figuration of Spaces” (Technische Universität – TU – Berlin)
  • 2014 – Visiting Professor in Brazilian Studies at the Institute for Latin American Studies (FU Berlin)

Prizes & Awards:

  • 2020 – Life Membership at Clare Hall College (University of Cambridge)
  • 2017 – Honour votum (‘voto de louvor’) for the postdoctoral (“livre-docência”) thesis From the City to the Body and Vice-Versa: Times and Spaces by the respective Evaluation Committee at USP
  • 2014 – Visiting Professorship in Brazilian Studies (Sérgio Buarque de Holanda Visiting Professor) at FU Berlin
  • 2011 – Alumna-status at the AvH

Memberships & Networks:

  • Since 2020 – Member of the Programme “USP Global Cities” of the USP Institute of Advanced Studies (IEA)
  • Since 2020 – Life Member of Clare Hall College (University of Cambridge)
  • Since 2020 – Member of the Research Committee “Sociological Theory” of the Brazilian Society of Sociology (SBS)
  • Since 2019 – Member of the Advisory Board of the USP Centre for the Study of Violence (NEV)
  • Since 2019 – Member of the Cultural Council of the Institute Martius-Staden (MS) of Sciences, Language and Brazilian-German Cultural Interchange (São Paulo)
  • Since 2014 – Member of the Erfurter RaumZeit-Forschung (Universität Erfurt)
  • Since 2010 – Alumna of the AvH
  • Since 2020 – Member of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SPBC)
  • Since 2006 – Member of the SBS
  • Since 2004 – Member of the Brazilian Anthropological Association (ABA)