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Upcoming LSE Cities events | Spring 2013

Globalization, Fear and Insecurity: The challenges for cities north and south

LSE Cities book launch

TONIGHT: Monday 11 February 2013, 18:30-20:00

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

This event launches sociologist Sophie Body-Gendrot’s latest book Globalization, Fear and Insecurity: The Challenges for Cities North and South. Fear has always been present in cities. However, recent events and political and social trends have intensified these insecurities and refocused very diverse anxieties on civic space. The events of 9/11 have served to galvanize the precautionary principle, increasing repression and the number of gated communities worldwide. Body-Gendrot analyses the diverse responses of New York, Paris, London and Mumbai to terrorism; Johannesburg and Sao Paolo to cartels of gangs; and British and French cities to persistent civic unrest.

Speaker: Sophie Body-Gendrot is researcher at the French Scientific Research Centre/CESDIP/Ministry of Justice and Emeritus Professor at the University Paris-Sorbonne.

Respondent: Richard Sennett is Professor of Sociology, LSE and University Professor of the Humanities, New York University.

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

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Between Curatorial and Urban Practice

Public lecture of the LSE Cities Literary Festival event series hosted by Theatrum Mundi

Saturday 2 March 2013, 17:00-18:30

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

In recent years arts practice has shifted towards new modes of collaborative production while digital platforms continually offer new ways to distribute and engage with the arts. The panel will examine an evolving definition of contemporary curation within their own practices, and their relationships to the cities and people around them. Is an architect, who arranges and designs the city, a curator? Is a curator an architect of sorts producing spaces of exchange? What about the work a writer or researcher does in ‘curating’ arguments and ideas?

Speakers: Clémentine Deliss is Director of Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main. Elke Krasny is a cultural theorist, curator, urbanist and author, based in Vienna. Maria Lind is a curator and critic and is Director of Tensta Konsthall, a centre for contemporary art in Stockholm, Sweden. Justin McGuirk is a writer, critic and curator. He is the Director of Strelka Press, the publishing arm of the Strelka Institute in Moscow, and the design consultant to Domus.

All events in the Literary Festival are free and open to all, but an e-ticket is required. Tickets can be booked via the LSE E-Shop. For more details, see here.

Healthy African Cities

First public lecture of the ‘Cities, health and well-being’ event series co-hosted by LSE Cities, LSE Health and Africa Talks

Thursday 7 March 2013, 18:30-20:00

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

With up to 70 per cent of the world’s population estimated to be living in urban areas by 2050, global health will be determined increasingly in cities. Improving urban health in Africa is a major challenge, given 70 per cent of urban dwellers presently live in informal settlements, facing a triple or quadruple disease burden: poverty-related diseases, emerging chronic disease, injuries and HIV/AIDS. This public lecture will explore the future of urban health in Africa, asking whether and how we might move towards healthy African cities, including by re-thinking planning and design.

Speakers: Gora Mboup is a senior demographic and health expert and the Chief of the Global Urban Observatory of UN-HABITAT. Vanessa Watson is Professor and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town. Ama de Graft Aikins is a visiting fellow at LSE Health and Senior Lecturer at the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana.

Chair: Ernestina Coast, Senior Lecturer in Population Studies at LSE Health and Social Care

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Urban Laboratories: interdisciplinary perspectives for healthy cities

Second public lecture of the ‘Cities, health and well-being’ event series

Summer Term: Friday 26 April 2013, 18:30-20:00

Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Cities are critical sites for enquiry and action in relation to health and well-being. It is now widely accepted that urban health demands an interdisciplinary approach, in light of the complexity and multi-faceted nature of cities and the importance of factors outside medicine and public health in determining health outcomes. This public lecture will reflect upon interdisciplinary efforts so far, and identify the priorities for the future. The event will be of particular relevance to researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in the fields of public health, medicine, urban planning and design, architecture, as well as sociology, demography and development.

Speaker: Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, The Australian National University.

Respondent: Julio Dávila is Director of the Development Planning Unit at UCL.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

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