David Harvey, “I’m skeptical about the idea of reforming neoliberalism” (complete interview translated)

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Here is my final translation from Spanish; comments are, of course, appreciated.

David Harvey, Marxist geographer and intellectual: “I’m skeptical about the idea of reforming neoliberalism”

Originally posted: http://lachispa-revista.blogspot.com/2014/12/david-harvey-geografo-e-intelectual_23.html

An authoritative voice in the intellectual discussions of the left, and passing through Chile for the last “Puerto Ideas” in November, the professor from CUNY and author of “17 Contradictions of Capitalism” spoke with La Chispa about Marxism today, the crisis of neoliberalism, Latin America and Chile.

LC: In the context of revolutionary theory, in your opinion, what is the validity of Marxism nowadays?

DH: Marx offers a very good form of thinking social change and, at the same time, offers a way of critically understanding how capital functions. I believe that it is particularly important because capital moves in a mysterious way and at times veils what is really happening. Marx does a good job of demystifying these appearances and…

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On a hybrid flaneur/flaneuse (pt.I)

Hybrid Flaneur

Text: Bill Psarras © 2014

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Walking in the city has a long-standing tradition of different conceptual threads. In the words of Rebecca Solnit (2001: 3) it is ‘the most obvious and the most obscure thing in the world’. Urban walking has been the nexus between people and the city by linking them to a series of everyday, socio-cultural and even imaginative terrains. Walking in the streets forms an action that contributes to the choreography of urban rhythms. It is really about a spatial enunciation of place, as De Certeau (1984) has also argued. Maybe the distinction of Wunderlich (2008: 125-139) on walking synopsizes things by referring to it as ‘purposive’ (i.e. everyday from A to B), ‘discursive’ (i.e. flaneur – strolling without specific destination) and ‘conceptual’ (i.e. psychogeographical derive, aesthetic-performative walking actions). Everyone in the city – all of us in our daily lives compose and perform spatial stories…

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JUCS 1.3 content list

Pleased to announce that Issue 1.3 (2014) of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies is in final production, content below:


Inaugural editorial: Urban cultural studies – a manifesto (part 2)


The worst tourists in the world: Gangsters, heterotopia and the space of global capital In Bruges

Alternative sprawls, junkcities: Buenos Aires Libre and horizontal urban epistemologies

‘Alas, alas. House, oh house!’: The collapse of the Cologne City archive

Spaces for reading, a cartography of used books in urban Latin America

Urban tellurics in Barcelona: Between a Heideggerian rock and a postmodern swimming pool


Geographies of street art: Shepard Fairey and the trans-scalar imagination

Bodies and sculptures: Moving mountains

‘Psychogeography of the Boundary’: An author interview with Eric Hazan

Sydney’s Chinatown/Chinese cities

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two urbanism podcasts

Cities and Citizens 17th-Century Studies Conference (13-15 July 2015)

Cities and Citizens 17th-Century Studies Conference

13th July 2015, 09:00 to 15th July 2015, 14:00, Durham University

DOWNLOAD THE CALL FOR PAPERS HERE – deadline 15 January 2015.

Conference website: https://www.dur.ac.uk/imems/events/?eventno=20694

 Confirmed keynote speakers :

Professor Chris Fitter (Rutgers University) Title to be confirmed

Professor Susanne Rau (University of Erfurt) From Urbanization to Urbanity. New trends in exploring the history of early modern cities

Professor Phil Withington (University of Sheffield) Early Modern English Urbanization Reconsidered

The 2015 conference focuses on the topic of ‘Cities and Citizens’ and will focus on the ways in which urban centres were perceived, experienced, understood and represented in the ‘long seventeenth century’ (c.1580-1720). The conference will be held within the World Heritage Site on Palace Green in the heart of the seventeenth-century bishopric capital of Durham.

The conference aims to provide an opportunity for scholars in a range of disciplines to meet and discuss their work on the city and citizenship. Our over-arching theme is the distinctive urban experience of the seventeenth century. How did the seventeenth-century European city arise from late medieval urbanism and become established in the New World? How did the European city stand between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment? How did cities and ‘citizenship’ function in non-European cultures? How did different urban cultures interact and influence one another?

We invite papers on how the built environment of the city was represented in cartography, painting, printed images and in literary and dramatic works. What were the physical and sensory characteristics of the urban environment? How did the material form of the city change? Especially important here is architectural form – civic, ecclesiastical, official and vernacular. How did urban and rural people read the urban landscape? Here we hope to draw on the insights of archaeological theory as well as on Continue reading

The Cinema of Urban Crisis [new book]


The Cinema of Urban Crisis

Seventies Film and the Reinvention of the City

By Lawrence Webb (University of Sussex)

In the 1970s, cities across the United States and Western Europe faced a deep social and political crisis that challenged established principles of planning, economics and urban theory. At the same time, film industries experienced a parallel process of transition, the effects of which rippled through the aesthetic and narrative form of the decade’s cinema. The Cinema of Urban Crisis traces a new path through the cinematic legacy of the 1970s by drawing together these intertwined histories of urban and cultural change. Bringing issues of space and place to the fore, the book unpacks the geographical and spatial dynamics of film movements from the New Hollywood to the New German Cinema, showing how the crisis of the seventies and the emerging ‘postindustrial’ economy brought film and the city together in new configurations.

Chapters cover a range of cities on both sides of the Atlantic, from New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco to London, Paris and Berlin. Integrating analysis of film industries and production practices with detailed considerations of individual texts, the book offers strikingly original close analyses of a wide range of films, from New Hollywood (The Conversation, The King of Marvin Gardens, Rocky) to European art cinema (Alice in the Cities, The Passenger, Tout va Bien) and popular international genres such as the political thriller and the crime film. Focusing on the aesthetic and representational strategies of these films, the book argues that the decade’s cinema engaged with – and helped to shape – the passage from the ‘urban crisis’ of the late sixties to the neoliberal ‘urban renaissance’ of the early eighties. Splicing ideas from film studies with urban geography and architectural history, the book offers a fresh perspective on a rich period of film history and opens up new directions for critical engagement between film and urban studies.

Read more at Amsterdam University Press here.

Introducing ORBIS


ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World reconstructs the time cost and financial expense associated with a wide range of different types of travel in antiquity. The model is based on a simplified version of the giant network of cities, roads, rivers and sea lanes that framed movement across the Roman Empire. It broadly reflects conditions around 200 CE but also covers a few sites and roads created in late antiquity.

The model consists of 632 sites, most of them urban settlements but also including important promontories and mountain passes,and covers close to 10 million square kilometers (~4 million square miles) of terrestrial and maritime space. 301 sites serve as sea ports. The baseline road network encompasses 84,631 kilometers (52,587 miles) of road or desert tracks, complemented by 28,272 kilometers (17,567 miles) of navigable rivers and Continue reading