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18:30 - 20:30 2 October 2012
Beyond austerity urbanism and creative city politics
Archaeology Lecture Theatre |
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom
Admission: Free of charge
Professor Margit Mayer, Free University, Berlin, Margit Mayer is a professor of political science at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin
This talk looks at contemporary urban activism as it mobilizes around policies and conflicts characteristic of the comparatively privileged Western cities of the global North. It moves beyond 'Cities for People, not for Profit' by zeroing in on the specificities of urbanization processes and the reorganization of socio-spatial infrastructures, as well as their contestations, in one particular region of the ongoing, global and uneven development of capitalist accumulation.
By applying the framework of critical urban theory to the analysis of ongoing struggles in this region, it first identifies the particularities of neoliberal urbanism and its implications for (divisions and/or solidarities between) urban social movements (1), and secondly looks at the impact which the so-called Occupy movements that have rippled across cities in North America as well as Western Europe have had on urban protest (2).
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