The last woman standing

Utilitarian presentism, precarity and expulsion in Kleber Mendonça Filho’s 'Aquarius'

07Feb2019 18:30 - 20:00


The protagonist of Kleber Mendonça Filho’s film 'Aquarius' (2016), a respected music journalist and author, is thrown into a condition of sudden and acute precarity when pressured to evacuate her long-time home as a result of a redevelopment project. The film follows her trajectory as the last woman standing. This talk discusses the impacts of the ‘new logic of expulsion’ in the global economy (Sassen 2014) and reflects on situations of individual precarity exacerbated by local communities.


Ana Cristina Mendes is Assistant Professor at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon. Her areas of specialisation are cultural and postcolonial studies, with an emphasis on the representations of alterity in the cultural industries and reception in the global cultural marketplace.

Location: Room 1.02
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098XG Amsterdam
Convenor: Dr. Marco de Waard

Published by  Amsterdam University College