Room Umeå, Ulls hus, Ultuna Campus, Uppsala

Splanetary Urbanization


Division of Rural Development invites you to a seminar with Professor Cindy Katz from the City University of New York. The seminar is co-arranged with Department of Social and Economic Geography, Uppsala University.

Drawing on ideas associated with minor theory I will address the politics of knowledge that permeate the discourse and aspirations of planetary urbanization, and think through what’s at stake in some of its broader claims. Existing critiques challenge the evacuation of agency, subjectivity, and forms of difference in the planetary ambitions of the theory and call out the ways it is inattentive to lived experience. Here, I seek to further these critiques by addressing lived experience not as some ‘real’ against which all things are measured, but in order to find the political grounds where social actors are made and act on the shifting conditions of their lives. Excavating some of the social relations flattened or ignored in planetary urbanization’s key propositions, I discuss the Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute (DGEI) as an almost forgotten alternative and an example of urban research and practice that is at once intimate and global. Rooted in everyday life experience, the best of the DGEI built a community of practice and a politics of knowledge to confront the racialized disinvestments and displacement of mid-century Detroit. Drawing out some connections to their work in time and space, I will suggest a countertopographical analysis of selected urban social texts, maps, and cultural forms that allow us to think the planetary without foreclosure, and thereby reveal and spur consciousness of the makings, undoings, contingencies, and possibilities of contemporary urbanization.


    Cindy Katz, a cultural geographer, is Professor and Chair in the Doctoral Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research concerns social reproduction, the production of nature, the workings of the security state in everyday environments, the privatization of the public environment, the cultural politics of childhood, and the intertwining of memory and history in the geographical imagination. She has published widely on these themes as well as on social theory and the politics of knowledge
Time: 2018-12-04 12:00 - 13:30
City: Uppsala
Location: Room Umeå, Ulls hus, Ultuna Campus
Organiser: Division of Rural Development
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This talk is part of the higher seminar-series in Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. If you want to get emails about our events, please contact: Klara.Fischer@slu.se or Harry.Fischer@slu.se.

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