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mw. dr. ir. C.J. (Christien) Klaufus

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Fotograaf: Luisa Machacón

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  • Roetersstraat 33
  • Kamernummer:103
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  • Postbus 94554
    1090 GN Amsterdam
Contactgegevens
  • Profiel

    I am a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Human Geography and Urban Studies at the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation CEDLA of the University of Amsterdam. As a researcher I am affiliated to the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies ARTES. I am a member of the ARTES Advisory Board and the coordinator of the ARTES research group Urban and Global Cultures.

    My research in urban studies focuses on the intersections between urban space, urban culture and urban governance and planning. Geographically speaking, most research is located in the Andean region and Central America. Together with colleagues and with the Master and PhD students in my team I have published on issues related to low-income housing, self-help neighborhoods, public space, gentrification and urban planning. I am interested in questions that relate to the scale and size of cities (my intermediate cities research) as well as in the question how translocal flows and networks shape local urban conditions (my research on remittance architecture), and in how cities deal with dead disposal and commemoration in their territory (my Deathscapes program).

    I coordinate the major track in Latin American Studies as part of the Bachelor program Spanish and Latin American Studies. I also coordinate the minor program in Latin American Studies. I am the Book Review Editor of the European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and I chair the academic committee of the Prince Bernhard Scholarship Fund.

  • Research program: Deathscapes in Latin American Metropolises

    Societies worldwide are urbanizing at high speed. In 2050 almost 70 percent of the world population is projected to be urban. Advancing the planning of sustainable urban land use is an urgent theme. Infrastructure has to be provided to 6.4 billion people. This means that water, electricity and sewage systems will have to be improved and smarter mass transport systems to be developed. One of the basic human necessities not explicitly addressed in urban theories and policy prospects is the need for sufficient dignified spaces for dead disposal and commemoration, in other words ‘deathscapes’. The right to a dignified final destination is a basic human right. Yet, as part of the urban infrastructure, deathscapes tend to be developed rather haphazardly.

    Two tendencies increase the need for more knowledge on urban deathscapes, and hence, for an integrated field of deathscape studies: first, the demographic transition underway in several regions that will result in an aging population; and second, the intention formulated in the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, specifically in Goal 11 to build more compact and high-density cities. Higher population densities in cities urge us to find more space-efficient solutions for dead disposal too. In practice, this will arguably result in an increasing separation between disposal spaces and commemoration spaces.

    As one of the most urbanized regions in the world, Latin America figures prominently in the urban studies literature. In order to be better prepared for rapid urbanization processes taking place in other regions of the Global South, Latin American models are often used to exemplify desired and undesired policy outcomes. However, information about the development and transformation of urban deathscapes in Latin America is remarkably scarce, especially in comparison to the large amount of studies that have addressed deathscapes in Asian cities (e.g. Kong, 2012; Tan and Yeoh, 2002; Teather et al., 2001; Tremlett, 2007).

    This interdisciplinary program aims to provide a grounded understanding of the ways in which deathscapes in cities have been developed in the recent past as part of urban space and society, and the ways in which they would need to be developed to safeguard socially and environmentally sustainable urban futures. The program considers the urban deathscape to be a relevant locus for research on cities and, vice versa, it posits that the future of cities depends in part on the question how the ‘cities of the living’ find new forms of co-existence with the ‘cities of the dead’; how deathscapes can potentially be or become formative sites of conviviality for the city at large. Planning and governing deathscapes in high-density urban areas touches upon a myriad of pressing themes that are integrally addressed in this project.

  • Publicaties

    2020

    • Klaufus, C. J. (2020). Safeguarding the House of the Dead: Configurations of Risk and Protection in the Urban Cemetery. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2427.12890

    2019

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    2016

    2015

    2012

    2019

    • Klaufus, C. (2019). Superstar-Saints and Wandering Souls: The Cemetery as a Cultural Hotspot in Latin American Cities. In H. Selin, & R. M. Rakoff (Eds.), Death Across Cultures: Death and Dying in Non-Western Cultures (pp. 275-294). (Science across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science; Vol. 9). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-18826-9_17 [details]

    2018

    • Klaufus, C. J. (2018). The Cosmopolitan Necropolis: Conviviality in Today’s Cities of the Dead.

    2016

    • Klaufus, C. (2016). Arquitectura de remesas: 'Demonstration effect' in Latin American popular architecture. In M. Lozanovska (Ed.), Ethno-Architecture and the Politics of Migration (pp. 99-114). (Architext). London: Routledge. [details]
    • Klaufus, C. (2016). [Review of: S.L. Lopez (2015) The remittance landscape: Spaces of migration in rural Mexico and urban USA]. Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe, 102, 121-123. https://doi.org/10.18352/erlacs.10184 [details]
    • Klaufus, C., & van Lindert, P. (2016). Inleiding. In C. Klaufus, & P. van Lindert (Eds.), Latijns-Amerika: een regio in beweging (pp. 7-14). Volendam: LM Publishers. [details]
    • Klaufus, C., Nijenhuis, G., & Ouweneel, A. (2016). Latijns-Amerika in beweging. In C. Klaufus, & P. van Lindert (Eds.), Latijns-Amerika: een regio in beweging (pp. 169-186). Volendam: LM Publishers. [details]

    2015

    • Klaufus, C., & Ouweneel, A. (Eds.) (2015). Housing and Belonging in Latin America. (Latin American studies; Vol. 105). New York: Berghahn. [details]

    2012

    • Ypeij, J. L., Klaufus, C. J., & Ouweneel, A. (2012). Introduction. In A. O. (Ed.), Andeans and their use of Cultural Resources. Identity, Law, Space and Gender (pp. 1-23). Amsterdam: CEDLA.

    2020

    2018

    • Ypeij, A. (Author), Hogenboom, B. (Author), Klaufus, C. (Author), de Castro, F. (Author), Koonings, K. (Author), Baud, M. (Author), & Boelens, R. (Author). (2018). Xela stories of transformation: A commons perspectives on (peri-)urban resource use, territoriality, and cultural representation. Web publication/site, Amsterdam: CEDLA-UvA. Retrieved from http://www.cedla.uva.nl/40_events/2018/Xela_blog1.html [details]

    2017

    • Klaufus, C. (2017). De paradox van kosmopolitisch Cuenca. Geografie, 26(6), 10-13. [details]
    • Klaufus, C. (2017). Informal House Design in the 21st century: Cholo and Remittances Architecture. In F. Hernández, & A. Becerra (Eds.), Marginal urbanisms: Informal and formal development in cities of Latin America (pp. 82-101). Cambridge Scholars Publishers. [details]

    2016

    2015

    • Klaufus, C. (2015). Displacing the Dead, Disregarding the Living: Public Space and Cemetery Planning in Bogotá, Colombia. Progressive Planning, 204, 27-29. [details]

    2018

    • Debray, H., Kuffer, M., Persello, C., Klaufus, C. J., & Pfeffer, K. (2018). Detection of Informal Graveyards in Lima using Fully Convolutional Network with VHR Images. Paper presented at Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event 2019, Vannes, France.
    • del Castillo Durand, M. L., & Klaufus, C. J. (2018). Barranco for sale: Narratives, Strategies and Impacts of a New Spatialization in Lima’s Central Districts. 1-18.

    Prijs

    • Klaufus, C. (2017). UvA FGw Aspasia grant.
    • Klaufus, C. & Pfeffer, K. (2016). Centre for Urban Studies Seed Grant.

    Lidmaatschap

    • Klaufus, C. (2016). LANDac Netherlands Land Academy.
    • Klaufus, C. (2016-2019). .
    • Klaufus, C. (2016-2017). Prince Bernhard Fellowships Foundation of Latin American Studies.

    Mediaoptreden

    • Mathijssen, B., Hoondert, M., Lemos Dekker, N., van der Pijl, Y., Westendorp, M., Klaufus, C., … Visser, R. (28-04-2020). In de greep van de dood; sterven en afscheid in tijden van corona. In de greep van de dood: sterven en afscheid in tijden van corona.
    • Klaufus, C. (27-03-2020). What epidemics can teach us about burial places Centre for Urban Studies blog. What epidemics can teach us about burial places.
    • Klaufus, C. (25-03-2020). Wat epidemieën ons leren over onze begraafpaatsen UvA 'Het coronavirus: wat zeggen onze wetenschappers?'. Wat epidemieën ons leren over onze begraafplaatsen.
    • Klaufus, C. (15-09-2018). Territorial planning experiences in medium-sized cities [Web] EU-LAC Foundation Newsletter. Territorial planning experiences in medium-sized cities.
    • Klaufus, C. & Kalkman, P. (24-05-2018). Deathscapes in Latin American Metropolises [Web] podcast. Deathscapes in Latin American Metropolises.

    Tijdschriftredactie

    • Klaufus, C. (editor) (2017-2019). Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe (Journal).
    • Klaufus, C. (editor) (2014-2017). Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe (Journal).

    Spreker

    • Klaufus, C. (invited speaker) (11-9-2019). Zuid-Amerika leren kennen, CITO Dutch Institute for Educational Measurement.
    • Klaufus, C. (speaker) (1-12-2018). Urban Land: Between Grab and Development, Science without Frontiers, Groningen, Netherlands.
    • Klaufus, C. (invited speaker) (5-7-2018). Public Space in the Grab-Development Paradox, Land Governance for Development, Utrecht, Netherlands.
    • Klaufus, C. (invited speaker) (25-6-2018). Constructions of Eternity in Latin American Deathscapes, Institut für Etnologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München.
    • Klaufus, C. (invited speaker) (7-3-2018). Self-provided housing in The Netherlands and Latin America, Housing self-provision and comparative urbanism, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Klaufus, C. (invited speaker) (27-2-2018). Lima Global City, KNAG Koninklijk Nederlands Aardrijkskundig Genootschap (Royal Dutch Geographical Society).
    • Klaufus, C. (speaker) (23-11-2017). Migratiestad Lima in trans-lokale context.
    • Klaufus, C. (invited speaker) (13-11-2017). Growing pains of urban Latin America: governance paradigms towards affordable housing, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen.
    • Klaufus, C. (invited speaker), Steel, G. (speaker) & van Noorloos, F. (speaker) (5-7-2017). Urban Land Governance: Investing in Public Space, LANDac Summer School, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands.
    • Klaufus, C. (invited speaker) (29-6-2017). Housing the Dead: The Cemetery as an Extension of Low-income Settlements, Workshop on Securing Housing and the Governing of Uncertainty, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Klaufus, C. (speaker) (11-5-2017). The heart of the neighborhood: Cementerio Virgen de Lourdes, Lima, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
    • Klaufus, C. (speaker) (30-4-2017). Spaces of representation and coexistence: Cementerio Virgen de Lourdes, Latin American Studies Association: Dialogues of Knowledge, Lima, Peru.
    • Klaufus, C. (invited speaker) (21-4-2017). Innovatieve stedelijke ontwikkeling in Zuid-Amerika: voorbij Curitiba en Bogotá, Thieme Meulenhoff GEO dag, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
    • Klaufus, C. (speaker) (26-1-2017). Cemetery Land Governance in Lima, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

    Andere

    • Klaufus, C. (examiner) (10-6-2020). Toxic Tropics: Gender nature and capitalist transformations in the southern coast of Ecuador (examination).
    • Klaufus, C. (examiner) (24-4-2020). Collaborative Housing in Chile: an exploration of opportunities & barriers (examination).
    • Klaufus, C. (host) (8-2019 - 9-2019). Peter van Aert (hosting a visitor).
    • Klaufus, C. (organiser) (5-7-2019). Urban land debates in the global South, Utrecht, Netherlands. This was a panel session with paper presentation that I organized together with Griet Steel and Femke van Noorloos at the international LANDac (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Klaufus, C. (examiner) (4-7-2019). Worlding Rio de Janeiro’s favelas: relations and representations of socio-spatial inequality in visual art (examination).
    • Klaufus, C. (host) (4-2019 - 8-2019). A. Mora (hosting a visitor).
    • Klaufus, C. (other) (14-3-2019 - 10-12-2019). UvA Aspasia talent development programme (other).
    • Klaufus, C. (examiner) (19-12-2018 - 22-3-2019). Landscapes in-between: Highlands Urbanization and Resistance in the Andes (Cuenca, Ecuador) (examination).
    • Klaufus, C. (examiner) (28-9-2018). PhD Thesis Defense: Affordable Condominium Housing. A comparative analysis of low-income homeownership in Colombia and Ecuador (examination).
    • Klaufus, C. (participant) (2-7-2018 - 3-7-2018). Think Tank: Dynamics of Deprived Settlements, Amsterdam, Netherlands. In this two-day event, we will examine the dynamics of deprived settlements in different geographic contexts; standards and transferability. To this (…) (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Klaufus, C. (examiner) (28-6-2018). PhD Thesis Defense: The Politics of Public Construction in a Globalized World: Imagining Urban Space in Ecuador (examination).
    • Klaufus, C. (participant) (28-6-2018). Prince Bernhard Scholarship Award Ceremony (other).
    • Klaufus, C. (organiser) (24-5-2018). Double panel "Latin American Gentrifications I and II" at LASA 2018 conference, Barcelona, Spain. Together with Prof. Clara Irazabal I organised and chaired two panels of 5 papers each, and I was discussant in the first session. (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Klaufus, C. (participant) & del Castillo, L. (participant) (24-5-2018). Barranco for sale: Gentrification by depopulation in Lima’s central districts. Paper written together with Lorena del Castillo (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Klaufus, C. (organiser) & Ypeij, J. L. (organiser) (30-4-2017). Lima's conos today, Lima, Peru (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Klaufus, C. (participant) (29-4-2017 - 1-5-2017). Latin American Studies Association: Dialogues of Knowledge, Lima, Peru (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Klaufus, C. (organiser) & Pfeffer, K. (organiser) (14-2-2017 - 15-2-2017). Mapping Denied Spaces, Amersfoort, Netherlands (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Klaufus, C. (consultant) (2017). LBJ Latin American Policy Studies Strategy, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin (consultancy).
    • Klaufus, C. (participant) (29-5-2016). XXXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, New York. ‘Public and private provisioning of cemetery services in urban Colombia’ (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Ypeij, A. (organiser) & Klaufus, C. J. (organiser) (8-10-2014 - 9-10-2014). The visible city’, International Seminar, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

    2019

    • Jeursen, T. J. (2019). Vigilant citizenship: Legal imaginaries and political subjectivity in Miami. [details]
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