Announcing the 2016-2017 Cities Seminar topic “Urban World-Making”. In this seminar series, we will explore processes of world-making in relation to the production of urban environments and in creative, cultural and political practices under conditions of globalization.
This seminar explores to what extent – and in what ways – spectrality is a relevant and productive concept within contemporary urban studies. How can spectrality – and related concepts such as vacancy, absence, ruination, trauma, and disembodiment – help us to understand the culture and transformation of cities under conditions of globalization?
This seminar explores the many ways in which garbage – in its diverse forms and articulations – is being produced, managed, experienced, imagined, circulated, concealed, and aestheticized in contemporary urban environments and across different creative and cultural practices.
This seminar combined sessions on the concept of ‘intrinsic logic of cities’, rhythm and hospitality in Marc Isaac’s “Lift”, postcolonial ruins of Hong Kong, music and sexuality in post-Soviet St. Petersburg, soundscape theory in urban studies, creative practices of slowness in global cities, Hip Hop’s rise in the South Bronx,…