Events

Glissant and Black Urbanism

The poems, essays and novels of the late Edouard Glissant rely on both a keen spatiality and a postcolonial sense of relationality. Glissant’s work is often difficult to decipher or contradictory, and engagement with his work in geography is still rare - albeit increasing in works tied to the study of Black Geographies and Black urbanism. I see many opportunities for urban geographers to engage with his thinking productively.

Date and time
Thursday 27 February 2020
17.00 – 18.30

Location
Centre Building Room CBG.1.06
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

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Living Through Uncertain Times

Across the world, cities are facing crisis on multiple fronts, putting the conditions for everyday life under tremendous pressure. Urban inhabitants are forced to recon with abstract processes of change in part by establishing informal networks of care and social infrastructures of support. Exploring the emergence of such improvisatory practices, networks, collectives and gatherings, this seminar asks: How can critical urban scholarship develop more rigorous approaches to conceptualise, question and contribute to improving the conditions for urban life to flourish in times of uncertainty?

Date and time
Wednesday 19 February 2020
17.30 – 19.30

Location
Queen Mary University of London
 2.22 Graduate Centre
Mile End Campus
London E1 4DH

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Urban green space: reflections on ecological design

In this panel event with some of Europe's leading experts on urban nature we explore some of the latest developments and challenges for enhancing urban nature in contemporary landscape design.
Date and time
18 February 2020
6 – 7.30 pm

Location
Bartlett School of Planning UCL
Room G01 – Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
London, WC1H 0NN

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Urban green space: reflections on ecological design

The poems, essays and novels of the late Edouard Glissant rely on both a keen spatiality and a postcolonial sense of relationality. Glissant’s work is often difficult to decipher or contradictory, and engagement with his work in geography is still rare - albeit increasing in works tied to the study of Black Geographies and Black urbanism. I see many opportunities for urban geographers to engage with his thinking productively.

Date and time
Tuesday 18th February 2020
18.00-19.30

Location

Bartlett School of Planning UCL
 Room G01 – Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
London WC1H 0N
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Butterflies, Moths, and Urban Bio-diversity

Geographer, urban ecologist and Urban Salon member Prof Matthew Gandy will lead a walk through one of London's most interesting biodiversity hotspots, focusing in particular on butterflies, moths, and other insects.
Date and time
Sunday, 30 June 2019
11:00 – 12:00

Location
Abney Park
215 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 0LH

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Revisiting Displacement in Urban Studies

The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, in collaboration with the Urban Salon, will be hosting a roundtable discussion on displacement, incorporating Southeast Asia and beyond. Displacement has been at the core of a number of critical studies that address problems associated with gentrification, infrastructure development, armed conflicts, and so on, which result in socio-spatial restructuring of existing inhabitants.
Date and time
Thursday 28 February 2019
17.00 – 20.00

Location
Room CLM.7.02, Clement House, 7th Floor
London School of Economics and Political Science
265 Strand
London WC2R 1DH
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Planetary Improvement: Cleantech Entrepreneurship and the Contradictions of Green Capitalism

In his recent MIT Press book, 'Planetary Improvement: Cleantech Entrepreneurship and the Contradictions of Green Capitalism', author Jesse Goldstein explores the role that clean technologies, in particular those associated with renewable energy generation, play within mainstream environmentalism, and specifically calls for a Green New Deal. With a focus on strategies that he terms planetary improvement, the unfolding climate crisis is often framed as first and foremost an energy crisis, to be solved by the rapid deployment of renewable energy systems that will help “save the planet” without fundamentally altering prevailing patterns of sociotechnical life and material culture.

Date and time
Wednesday, 30 January 2019
18.00 – 20.00

Location
UCL Pearson Building
Room G07
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
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Why Detroit Matters: Decline, Renewal and Hope in a Divided City

Detroit has come to symbolise deindustrialization and the challenges, and opportunities, it presents. As many cities struggle with urban decline, racial and ethnic tensions and the consequences of neoliberal governance and political fragmentation, Detroit’s relevance grows stronger. In this talk, Brian Doucet bridges academic and non-academic responses to this extreme example of a fractured and divided, post-industrial city.

Date and time
Wednesday 9 January 2019
16.00 – 18.00

Location
Graham Wallas Room, 5th Floor, Old Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

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Art Festivals and the City

The 2017 edition of the Documenta art festival featured a satellite event in Athens, outside of its regular host city Kassel. Held every five years, Documenta is widely considered one of the most influential contemporary art festivals, which has historically been known for its field-configuring provocations. The latest edition, however, garnered criticism of its excursion abroad as "crisis tourism," a way to exploit the political and financial situation in Athens for cultural consumption.

Date and time
Thursday 17 May 2018
18.00 – 20.00

Location
PAR.LG.03
Parish Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
London WC2A 2AE
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