"The City" Lecture Series 2004 at UC Berkeley
An interdisciplinary lecture series
SPONSORED BY THE CENTER FOR SOUTH ASIA STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY
This lecture series promotes conversations across urban studies and international & area studies. On the one hand, it seeks to unsettle the EuroAmerican locus of urban theory by locating the production of critical concepts and frameworks in "other" cities. On the other hand, it highlights how contemporary theories and philosophies are engaged with the material geographies of the city.
Lecture Series Organizer:
Professor Ananya Roy, Department of City and Regional Planning
College of Environmental Design
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Institute of International Studies
Institute of East Asian Studies
Center for Latin American Studies
Center for African Studies
February 9. Monday, 5 pm/112 Wurster
Spectres of Superurbanization: Marx and the Holy Ghost
Mike Davis teaches history and writing at U.C. Irvine and lives in San Diego. He is the author of City of Quartz (1990) and most recently Dead Cities (2002), Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See (with Jim Miller & Kelly Mayhew, 2003), and The Land of Lost Mammoths: A Science Adventure (2003).
March 1. Monday, 5 pm/112 Wurster
The Gentrified Future: New Globalism, New Urbanism
Neil Smith is Director of the Center for Place Culture and Politics and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. He is the author of Uneven Development: Nature, Capital, and the Production of Space (1991), The New Urban Frontier: Gentrification and the Revanchist City (1996), and most recently, American Empire: Roosevelt's Geographer and the Prelude to Globalization (2003).
April 5. Monday, 5 pm/112 Wurster
On Chinese Cities
Ackbar Abbas is Professor of Comparative Literature and Co-Director of Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures at the University of Hong Kong. His publications include Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance (1997).
May 3. Monday, 5 pm/112 Wurster
Urban Conversions: Reworlding African Cities
AbdouMaliq Simone is at the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University, New York, and the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research, Johannesburg. His publications include In Whose Image: Political Islam and Urban Practices in the Sudan (1994) and For the City Yet to Come: Changing Urban Life in Africa (2004).
August 30. Monday, 5:30 pm/112 Wurster
GAYATRI CHAKRAVORTY SPIVAK
Why Are We Thinking About Cities Now?
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak is Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Center for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, New York. She is the author of In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics (1987), A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present (1997), and most recently Death of a Discipline (2003), Other Asias (2004), and Red Thread (2004).
September 27. Monday, 5:30 pm/112 Wurster
Is There a New Indian City?
Partha Chatterjee is Director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, and Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, New York. He is the author of The Nation and Its Fragments (1993), A Possible India: Essays in Political Criticism (1999), and most recently The Politics of the Governed: Reflections on Popular Politics in Most of the World (2004).
October 28. Thursday, 5:30 pm/112 Wurster
Cities in the Information Age
Manuel Castells is Professor Emeritus of City Planning and Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, and Research Professor of Information Society at the Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona. He is the author of The Information Age trilogy (2000): The Rise of the Network Society, End of Millennium, and The Power of Identity.
November 8. Monday, 5:30 pm/112 Wurster
Democratizing the Neoliberal City
Teresa Caldeira is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo (2001).
December 6. Monday, 5:30 pm/112 Wurster
Lights, Karma, Action: Report from Bombay
Amitava Kumar is Professor of English at Penn State University. His recent publications include Passport Photos (2000), Bombay-London-New York (2002), World Bank Literature (editor, 2002), and Husband of a Fanatic (2004).