April 25, 2012
CUNY Graduate Center
Long before the Occupy movement, modern cities have been both the central sites of capital accumulation and of revolutionary politics, where deeper currents of social and political change rise to the surface. Struggles over who controls access to resources and space become struggles over who dictates the quality and organization of daily life--is it the financiers and developers, or the people?
In 2011, these struggles erupted worldwide, from the Middle East to Greece and Spain; from Italy and London to Chile; and of course, throughout the United States. David Harvey and David Graeber, the theorists of the Right to the City and of Occupy, will discuss their travels to different worldwide revolts in this past year, as well as strategies and tactics for transforming radical action into an urban revolution. In 2011, urban America's became a site of anti-capitalist resistance; in 2012, how can this resistance grow?
6.30pm – 9.00pm
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave, Large Auditorium
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Yesterday morning acclaimed theorist David Harvey was featured as a guest on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, holding court on the commons, urban democracy and what he means when, in his new book Rebel Cities, he asserts that we must create a politics around the principle of just cities.
Listen to the interview by clicking this link.
One of the last questions Professor Harvey answered was whether war is inevitable--part of Brian Lehrer's ongoing "End of War" series. Click here to listen to his thoughtful response.
... and visit the Brian Lehrer Show to listen to the segment in full.
In New York and London, gentrification transforms previously low-income neighborhoods into playgrounds for the rich, while foreclosures have pushed scores of Americans out of their own homes. Land grabs for urban spaces inhabited by the poor and disenfranchised worldwide--from the favelas of Rio to the slums of Mumbai--further entrench the vast divide between the holders of capital and the dispossessed.
David Harvey's new book Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution explores the future of this radically unstable world. Unveiling a vision of the city as a social, political and liveable commons, Harvey pinpoints cities as the focus for anti-capitalist resistance, arguing that the definition of the right to the city is itself an object of struggle--and that this struggle must proceed in tandem with concrete efforts to materialize it.