Comparative urbanism has been proposed as an important way of both interrogating the generalizability of urban theory and attending to specific cultural and historical contexts. This seminar focuses on displacement as an analytical lens, and asks how this concept might aid the comparison of geographically, historically, and culturally diverse contexts.
By bringing perspectives from different regions to bear on a number of central urban themes, the Critical Comparative Urbanism seminar series explores the value of such a comparative approach for our understanding of both specific urban contexts and global urbanisms. Each seminar brings together two speakers with shared thematic expertise based on urban cases from different regions. This is the last and fifth seminar in the series, focusing on displacement.
During the seminar, both speakers present their research on displacement in one specific urban case study. Afterwards, they enter into a dialogue with eachother and the audience to explore the conceptual and practical (im)possibilities of comparison between, and theorization through, different urban cases.
Asher Ghertner is an Associate Professor in the department of Geography at Rutgers University (USA). Ghertner is an interdisciplinary geographer interested in the technologies and tactics through which mass displacement is conceived, justified and enacted. His research uses the contemporary politics of urban renewal in India to challenge conventional theories of economic transition, city planning, and political rule. In Rule by Aesthetics (Oxford University Press, 2015) Ghertner uses the case of Delhi’s millennial effort to become a world-class city to show how aesthetic norms can replace the procedures of mapping and surveying typically considered necessary to administer space.
Wouter van Gent is an Assistant Professor in the department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses the politics, mechanisms and outcomes of segregation and gentrification processes.
This seminar is organised by Rivke Jaffe and Hebe Verrest. Financial support is provided by a CUS Seed Grant and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
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