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LSE Cities summer events

LSE Cities summer events

The Return of the Subject

LSE Cities and LSE Sociology Forum public lecture and book launch event

Monday 30 April 2012, 18:30-20:00

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

This event will launch two new books on the society of strangers discussing issues of hyper-subjectivity and desubjectification as the causes of contemporary escalations of violence. Ash Amin’s Land of Strangers offers a diagnosis of attitudes towards the stranger in the West after 9/11, while Michel Wieviorka’s Evil develops a sociological analysis of evil phenomena presenting us with a fresh approach to the understanding of the darker regions of human behaviour. Both authors will be joined by Claire Alexander, Craig Calhoun and Richard Sennett to discuss the analytical challenges posed by the return of the Subject, and the nature of a politics of solidarity.

Speakers: Ash Amin, 1931 Chair of Geography at the University of Cambridge, Michel Wieviorka, President of the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme and Professor at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Respondents: Claire Alexander, Reader in Sociology, LSE, Richard Sennett, School Professor of Social and Cultural Theory Emeritus, LSE and University Professor of the Humanities, NYU

Chair: Craig Calhoun, Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and Professor, Sociology and Media, Culture and Communications, NYU

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested now. The event will be followed by a drinks reception with the opportunity to purchase copies of both books and have them signed.

Rebel Cities: The Urbanization of Class Struggle

LSE Cities and Department of Geography and Environment public lecture

Thursday 10 May 2012, 18:30-20:00

Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Given the strong relationship between urbanization and capital accumulation, and the consequent urban roots of both past and present fiscal crises, it follows that the city is a key arena within which class forces clash. The sharpening of these clashes transforms movements for the right to the city into urban uprisings and revolutionary movements. This then poses the key question of how to mobilize and organize a whole city around a movement for revolutionary change.

Speaker: David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Chair: Gareth Jones, Reader, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested. For more information, please see the booking information page.

The Architecture of the Olympics

LSE Cities discussion

Tuesday 15 May 2012, 18:30-20:00

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

This event brings together for the first time the key decision makers and architects of the London 2012 Olympic Games facilities to discuss the architecture and design of London 2012.

Speakers: Andy Altman, CEO, London Legacy Development Corporation, Zaha Hadid, Director, Zaha Hadid Architects, Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate, Michael Taylor, Senior Partner, Hopkins Architects, Jim Eyre, Director, WilkinsonEyre Architects

Chair: Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies and Director of LSE Cities

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested. For more information, please see the booking information page.

City, Street and Citizen: The Measure of the Ordinary

LSE Cities book launch

Tuesday 12 June 2012, 18:30-20:00

Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

How can we learn from a multicultural society if we don’t know how to recognise it? The contemporary city is more than ever a space for the intense convergence of diverse individuals who shift in and out of its urban terrains. The city street is perhaps the most prosaic of the city’s public parts, allowing us a view of the very ordinary practices of life and livelihoods. By attending to the expressions of conviviality and contestation, ‘City, Street and Citizen’ offers an alternative notion of ‘multiculturalism’ away from the ideological frame of nation, and away from the moral imperative of community. This book offers to the reader an account of the lived realities of allegiance, participation and belonging from the base of a multi-ethnic street in south London.

Speakers: Suzanne Hall, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, and Research Fellow at LSE Cities, LSE

Discussant: Caroline Knowles, Professor of Sociology and Head of the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths

For more information, see the event page.

Photo credit: London Olympic Park by megoizzy on Flickr, cc-by-sa
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