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”
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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Text: Bill Psarras © 2014
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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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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I like Monocle 24’s The Urbanist
and France Culture’s Modes de vie, mode d’emploi
Cities and Citizens 17th-Century Studies Conference
13th July 2015, 09:00 to 15th July 2015, 14:00, Durham University
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
Seventies Film and the Reinvention of the City
By Lawrence Webb (University of Sussex)
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.
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