Finalizados los enriquecedores tres días del coloquio “Capitalismo global y procesos de regeneración urbana. Homenaje a Neil Smith”, los organizadores queremos destacar la gran calidad de las presentaciones, la elevada participación de los asistentes, las estimulantes ponencias invitadas y la satisfacción colectiva por el encuentro con los colectivos sociales. Muchas gracias.
City as commodity – crucible of revolt, Oxford University, 24 April 2012
Professor Neil Smith, The Graduate Center, City University, New York
Abstract*: [This lecture] points to two somewhat opposing trends that are likely to sculpt our understanding of cities in the near future. On the one hand, urban theory has tended in recent decades to emphasize the city as a place of consumption and/or social reproduction whereas the recent economic crisis, triggered by a predatory commodification of housing in the US has highlighted the question of city building and especially the role of construction. We will explore this connection between construction and commodification especially in the context of the crisis and the burgeoning cities of Asia. On the other hand, the revolts of the last few years have been heavily focused in and about cities, and I argue that with the future of social and political change now radically open, it is imperative to understand how political struggles are likely to change urban landscapes. We examine some recent movements and uprising as a means to think through quite different, and opposed, trajectories from those of the city commodified.
Seminari obert el proper 27 de maig a les 17h.
(Sala de Juntes, Facultat de Geografia i Història de la Universitat de Barcelona, entrada pel carrer Ramalleres)