City Seminar [2010-2015]

From 2006 to 2015


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Theme 2014-15   The  Margins of the City

The city is a space made of, and build around, heterogeneous margins. Borders, both empirical and conceptual, divide the city's centre from its periphery; trace the contours of zones of access on the basis of income, race, and gender; split the city into private and public zones. Some borders segregate (the poor from the rich) and others isolate (the rich from the poor). The urban life along the borders and inside the margins often does not conform to the idea of the productive urban citizen. The margins are the spaces of minority groups, migrants, homeless deviants, illegals.

The seminar explores urban marginality from a variety of perspectives - political and economic exclusion, marginalisation on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, and religion, to name just a few - in order to question how these margins are produced, sustained, and reproduced in contemporary cities, both in the Global North and South. It aims to challenge the canonical understanding of life at the margin in order to cast a new light on what we consider to be, and what we know of, contemporary urban marginalisation.

 

Conveners

Conveners

Hanna Baumann (Department of Architecture)
Michele Lancione (Urban Studies Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography)
Farhan Samanani (Department of Anthropology)
 

Previous conveners
Kathryn Schoefert (Department of History and Philosophy of Science) 

 

Faculty Advisors

Dr Wendy Pullan (Director of the Martin Centre for Architectural Studies and Urbanism, Department of Architecture)
Dr Tatiana A Thieme (University Lecturer in Human Geography, Fellow and Director od Studies of Fitzwilliam College)
 

Faculty Advisor (previous years)

Professor Andrew Webber (Professor of Modern German and Comparative Culture, Head of Department, Dept of German and Dutch)

Past events

 

City Seminar
A crisis in urban creativity and local distinctiveness?...
29 January 2008, CRASSH
Metropolis: temporary arts events as alternative strategies for urban public domains
12 February 2008, CRASSH
Sound and the City - Interdisciplinary Perspectives
22 February 2008, CRASSH
Sui-vellance; social bonding through spatial bondage
26 February 2008, CRASSH
The Latent World of the Contemporary City
11 March 2008, CRASSH
Screening of "Man with a Movie Camera" (Dzviga Vertov, 1929)
06 May 2008, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
The Future of Venice
20 May 2008, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
16th-C Damascus: Ottoman rule and the development of a provincial city
03 June 2008, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane
City Seminar
03 November 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
City Seminar
17 November 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Prof Caroline Humphrey: " Odessa: pogroms and the Built City"
01 December 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
The Pacific Wall: Los Angeles and Cinema after 1968
12 January 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane, Seminar room
Deconstructing Jerusalem and Exile
26 January 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Small Talk, Big Issues: Art and Beirut
16 February 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Professor Nigel Thrift: Life World Inc.
23 February 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
The Unaccountable City
09 March 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Did Walls Really Come Down? Contemporary B/ordering? Walls in Europe
20 April 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dr Hazem Abu Orf (Palestine): Urban Informality in Divided Cities
04 May 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dr Yael Navarro-Yashin (Cambridge): Abjected Spaces: Débris of War and its Affects
18 May 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
'Mongrel City': Cosmopolitan Neighbourliness in a Delhi Squatter Settlement.
05 October 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Ayona Datta (Lecturer, Cities Programme, London School of Economics)
Space, Place And Group-Making In and Out of the City
19 October 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Professor Loic Wacquant (Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley)
Conflict and Coexistence in Levantine Cities
16 November 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Philip Mansel (Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Institute of Historical Research, University of London)
Cities as Battlespace: The New Military Urbanism
25 November 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Professor Stephen Graham (School of Architecture, Newcastle University) Keynote lecture.
Memory and the Struggle over Geography in a Jewish-Arab 'Mixed City'
18 January 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dr Haim Yacobi (Marie Curie Visiting Fellow, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge)
Nostalgia and the City
01 February 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Elizabeth Wilson
Place, Democracy and the City: an Experiment in Revolutionary Venezuela
15 February 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Professor Doreen Massey (Geography, Fac of Social Sciences, Open University)
Filming the Phantoms of Berlin: Christian Petzold's 'Gespenster' ('Ghosts', 2005)
01 March 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Professor Andrew J. Webber (Department of German and Dutch, University of Cambridge)
Lhasa: Streets with Memories
15 March 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Robert Barnett (Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program, Columbia University)
City Seminar Workshop
13 May 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Open to all but booking online is required.
Cities of Power
11 October 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Prof. Göran Therborn (Cambridge)
Contested Spaces and Urban Citizenship in India
25 October 2011, King's College, Rylands Room
Romola Sanyal (Newcastle). Venue: Rylands Room, King's College
On the Plaza: Post-Soviet Urban Ensembles
08 November 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Owen Hatherley (Author)
How Cities Cope with Obduracy and Vulnerability
22 November 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Anique Hommels (Maastricht)
Kinshasa on Film: Between Dystopia and Utopia
31 January 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1
Filip De Boeck (KU Leuven) and Koen Van Synghel . Part of the City Seminar series. NB: This event will begin at 4.15pm
Wounded Cities
07 February 2012, CRASSH
Dr Karen E. Till (National University of Ireland Maynooth).
Urban Reflections - Filmic Narratives of Place, Planning and Change
21 February 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room
Mark Tewdwr-Jones (UCL Bartlett)
Telescopic Urbanism
06 March 2012, CRASSH
Prof Ash Amin (Cambridge)
Power Tower: Tatlin and Petrograd, London and Kapoor?
29 May 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room S1- 1st Floor
Professor John Milner (Courtauld Institute of Art) . NB Seminar room S1- 1st Floor*
An Infrastructure for Freedom?: Common Things and Res Publica in a Contemporary Russian City
16 October 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Dr Oleg Kharkhordin (Political Science and Sociology, European University at St Petersburg)
“A Peculiar Band of Thugs”: Construction Workers and the Construction of France
30 October 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Jacob Paskins (Research Fellow at Girton College )
Designing for Evolution and Posterity: The London Olympic Legacy Masterplan
13 November 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Dr Juliet Davis (LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science)
The Urbanism of Exception: Not-To-Design and the Paradoxes of Informalities
27 November 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Dr Camillo Boano (Senior Lecturer and Course Director of MSc Building and Urban Design in Development, Co-Director of the UCL Urban Lab, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London)
Producing Mostar. A Lefebvrian Investigation of a Contested City
29 January 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Dr Giulia Carabelli (Queen's University Belfast)

Ordinary Topologies: Everyday Life in and out of Ramallah
12 February 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Dr. Christopher Harker (Geography, Durham University)

Fluid Cities: Circulation and the Politics of Mobility
26 February 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room S1, First Floor

David Pinder (Lecturer in Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London).

Urban Politics, Learning, and Inequality: Informal Sanitation in Mumbai
12 March 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Dr Colin McFarlane (Geography, Durham University)

CANCELLED-Cities for People/Film
07 May 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Cancelled

A Tale of Four Cities: Does Ethnic Diversity Lead to Urban Conflicts?
21 May 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Radu Carciumaru (Lecturer, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg) and Sherrill Stroschein (Senior Lecturer in Politics, UCL). NB Seminar room SG2*

City Seminar. Theme 2013-14
20 October 2013, CRASSH

Mobilising Cities

Public Health Work in African Cities
22 October 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Ruth Prince (Cambridge), Noemi Tousignant (Cambridge) at City Seminar

NB Seminar starts at 5.00pm today* 

London 'Super Rich' Neighbourhoods
05 November 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room S1, First floor

Roger Burrows (Goldsmiths, London) at City Seminar
NB *Seminar room S1, First floor.

Mobilising Shack Dwellers in Post-Apartheid South Africa
12 November 2013, CRASSH Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

S’bu Zikode (Founder of Abahlali baseMjondolo)

NB *Seminar room SG2, Ground floor, 5.00PM

Istanbul and the Grassroots
19 November 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Martin Schwegmann (Humboldt, Berlin) at City Seminar

Gated/Gating Community: The Settlements Complex in the West Bank
26 November 2013, CRASSH Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
The New Urban Question
14 January 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Andy Merrifield (Cambridge) at City Seminar

Globalisation along the Back Roads
28 January 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Caroline Knowles (Goldsmiths) at City Seminar

Performance, Power and Place of the Hustle Economy in Nairobi, Kenya
11 February 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Tatiana Thieme (Cambridge) at City Seminar
 

Informal Urban Citizenship in Buenos Aires: Migration, Informality and Visions for a just City
25 February 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Tanja Bastia (Manchester) at City Seminar
 

Theorising Cities Now
04 March 2014, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Jennifer Robinson (UCL) at City Seminar

Mapping Urban Spatial Practices and Cultures of Dissent in Lahore and London
11 March 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Nishat Awan (Sheffield) at City Seminar
 

Intimate City: Violence,Gender,Ordinary Life in Delhi Slums
22 April 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1

Ayona Datta (Leeds) at City seminar
 

(Im)mobilizing Bangkok: motorcycle taxi drivers and street protest
30 April 2014, CRASSH (S1) 1st Floor

Claudio Sopranzetti (Oxford) at CRASSH

CANCELLED-Refugees and the Urban Poor (City Seminar)
06 May 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1
Living the Security City: Navigating Karachi’s Enclaves
20 May 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG1

Sobia A. Kaker (LSE/Newcastle) and Postgraduate Networking  at City seminar

Revanchist Sanitisation or Coercive Care?
20 October 2014, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Sarah Johnsen  (Heriot-Watt University) at City Seminar

Refugees and the Urban Poor: In Two Palestinian Enclaves
03 November 2014, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Silvia Pasquetti (Cambridge) at City Seminar

Participatory Sonic Arts in Rio and Belfast
24 November 2014, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building (NB different day and time)

Pedro Rebelo (Belfast) joint event City Seminar and Civic Matter

Relocating Urban Asylum
01 December 2014, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Jonny Darling  (Manchester) at City Seminar

CANCELLED-Evacuate
26 January 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

City Seminar
 

Skateboarding and the City
09 February 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Iain Borden (UCL)
Joint event Civic Matter -City Seminar

An Urban Perspective on State Fragility in Lebanon
23 February 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

Sara Fregonese (Birmingham) ~City Seminar
 

Militant Masks: Youth and Insecurity in the Niger Delta
09 March 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building

David Pratten (Oxford)
Joint event with Civic Matter ~City Seminar
 

Welfare, Neighbourhood and New Geographies of Diversity
18 May 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building.

Mette Berg & Ben Gidley (Oxford)~ City Seminar

CANCELLED-Youth and Modes of Operating in Abidjan.
01 June 2015, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building.

AbdouMaliq Simone (Goldsmiths) ~ City Seminar

Urban Research at Cambridge: City Seminar Workshop
04 June 2015, Room SG2, Alison Richard Building.

Workshop ~ City Seminar