Transgression has long been associated to urban life, as a way to challenge authority. Urban anonymity can provide opportunities for transgressing moral and social norms. Urban complexity can challenge pretentions of rational calculation and thus stimulate modes of action that follow transgressive forms of rationality. Urban continuous transformation challenges means of state control. Many scholars have linked emancipation and rebellion with cities. But beyond political mobilization, the city is seen as transgressive because it concentrates violence, riots, extreme polarization, and informality.
Mexico City is one of the largest cities of the world and undoubtedly one of the most vibrant cultural centers of the Americas. It has a diverse and rich history of cultural dialogue, with numerous historical sites that may be of interest to the conference participants (from pre-Hispanic pyramids to cutting edge contemporary art museums). Despite international news about violence in the country, the capital city remains safe and conference delegates should not have security problems. Mexico City is as safe as any large city in Europe or the United States.
All activities will take place in the Colegio de Mexico (Colmex), which is located approximately 22 km south of the historical center, near Ciudad Universitaria (4 km) and the Coyoacan and San Angel area (famous for being the home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera).