Podcast "Urban Political"

The Podcast on Urban Theory, Research, and Activism

The {Urban Political} delves into contemporary urban issues with activists, scholars and policy-makers from around the world. Providing informed views, state of the art knowledge and unusual insights, the podcast aims to advance our understanding of urban environments and how we might make them more just and democratic. The {Urban Political} provides a new forum for reflection on bridging urban activism and scholarship, where regular features offer snapshots of pressing issues and new publications, allowing multiple voices of scholars and activists to enter into a transnational debate directly.

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COVID-19 and its impact on public life and use of public space

International perspectives: cases of Dortmund (Germany), San Francisco (USA) and Isfahan (Iran)

This episode discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the behavior of people in public spaces in Dortmund (Germany), San Francisco (USA) and Isfahan (Iran). My guests, Teresa Sprague and Ghazal Farjami, and I (Mais Jafari) explain how people in these societies perceive and react to social distancing, mask wearing, and other measures in a variety of public space typologies such as city streets, parks, beaches, plazas and indoor spaces like shopping malls and restaurants and other social centers. Finally, we share our views from our own observation and scholarly background on what the new normality in these three cities will look like in the post COVID-19 world and what the major shifts in planning, especially at the design and use of urban spaces will be.

Erschienen: 14.09.2020
Dauer: 00:51:02

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "COVID-19 and its impact on public life and use of public space"


Murray Bookchin, Municipalism, Popular Democracy and Left Politics

In this podcast we discuss the work of Murray Bookchin, relating it to the experiences and debates around municipalism and wider left political practices and theory. With our guests (Blair, Hilary and Kate) we focus the discussion on the recent edited collection of Bookchin's work: The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy (Verso), edited by Debbie Bookchin and Blair Taylor. Reflecting, but going beyond, the broad range of topics addressed by Bookchin in the book, we cover a lot of ground, such as the role of the state in left politics, sources of transformative change, 'reason', 'knowledge' and politics, popular democracy, the new municipalism in Barcelona and municipal socialism in 1980s London. **Blair Taylor** Program director of the Institute for Social Ecology, a popular education center for ecological scholarship and advocacy founded in 1974. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the New School for Social Research, and has written on U.S. social movements, contemporary far-right politics, political ecology, and the history of the left. His work has been featured in Les Temps Modernes, American Studies, and City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action. He is co-editor of the Murray Bookchin anthology The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy (Verso, 2014). He lives outside Seattle, Washington, and is active with West Sound Democratic Socialists of America. **Hilary Wainwright** Co-editor, Red Pepper: www.redpepper.org.uk (if you don't yet subscribe why not look at the RED PEPPER PAY-AS-YOU-FEEL SUBSCRIPTION? go to the website and click 'subscribe' for an unmissable offer) Fellow, Transnational Institute:www.tni.org

Erschienen: 05.07.2020
Dauer: 01:16:33

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Murray Bookchin, Municipalism, Popular Democracy and Left Politics"


Multiple Crises and Radical Urban Research (AfterCorona #13)

Margit Mayer on Tipping Points and Scholarly Politics of Mobilization

Starting off from her latest agenda-setting article "What does it mean to be a radical urban scholar-activist, or activist scholar today?" published earlier this year in the relaunch issue of the journal _CITY – analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action_. It was published before the pandemic shock and the current wave of Black Lives Matter protests took off. In our conversation, Margit will thus discuss with us her notion of three tipping points in light of these pressing concerns but also highlight the opportunities for political change and how the anti-racist protests have created a collective agency whose vibrancy compares to the movements of the 1960s. In this situation, urban researchs are called not only to scholarly rigor but also to a politics of mobilization. **Margit Mayer** has been professor for comparative and North American politics at Freie Universität Berlin, as of 2014 she is Senior Fellow at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at Technical University Berlin. Her research focuses on comparative, urban and social politics as well as social movements. She has published on various aspects of contemporary urban politics, urban theory, (welfare) state restructuring, social movements, and migrant (support) organizing. She co-authored _Nonprofits in the Transformation of Employment Policies_ (2004), co-edited _Urban Movements in a Globalising World_ (2000), _Cities for People not for Profit_ (2012), _Neoliberal Urbanism and Its Contestations_ (2012). and _Urban Uprisings: Challenging the Neoliberal City in Europe_ (2016). **Article Reference:** Mayer, Margit, 2020. "What does it mean to be a (radical) urban scholar-activist, or activist scholar, today?". _City_ 24 (1/2): 1-17.

Erschienen: 28.06.2020
Dauer: 01:03:56

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Multiple Crises and Radical Urban Research (AfterCorona #13)"


The Revolutionary Movements in Algeria and Lebanon (AfterCorona #12)

protests and movements in the time of the pandemic

This episode delves deep into the ongoing revolutionary movements in Algeria and Lebanon. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa and Rana Sukarieh provide us with a rich and inspiring account of developments, offering social-economic background to the events of the last two years, outlining the main contours of the political struggles in the two countries and drawing comparative insights. In particular we gain: a clear sense of the geographies of the movements, the solidarities and tensions within them, the crucial place of women activists and gender as a focal point, and how the state is reacting to these diverse demands for justice and democracy. We also consider how Covid-19 has shaped developments. Guests: Ratiba Hadj-Moussa is professor of Sociology at York University, Toronto. Her areas of specialization are the sociology of culture and political sociology. Her interests range from common cultural artefacts to art (cinema) and visual culture in general. My work is anchored within the scope of three major fields: 1. Mediascapes, principally new media, in relation to politics and shared spaces as they are constituted and evolve in non-Western contexts; 2. Marginalized forms of protest and new forms of the political; 3, Public Memory and its relations to alternatives and official memories. Her recent publications include La télévision par satellite au Maghreb et ses publics. Espace de résistance, espaces critiques (PUG-2015, English version Cambridge Scholars Publishing,2018). She is the editor of Terrains difficiles, Sujets sensibles, faire de la recherche au Maghreb et sur le Moyen-Orient (Du Croquant, 2019), and the co-editor of Protests and Generations, Legacies and Emergences in the Middle East , North African and the Mediterranean (Brill, 2017) ; Suffering , Arts and Aesthetics (2014), and of Les Mondes méditerranéens . L’émeute au coeur du politique (2013). Rana Sukarieh is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at York University, Toronto, Canada. Her dissertation focuses on the (dis)continuity of political solidarity with the Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the process of transcending activists’ differences in order to build sustained solidarity. Rana's research interests are in the areas of transnational social movements, social movements and political economy in the Middle East, critical qualitative research, and post-colonial studies. She is a recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council award (SSHRC), of Ontario Graduate Studies (OGS), and the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security award at York University. She is currently teaching at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Erschienen: 17.06.2020
Dauer: 01:41:02

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "The Revolutionary Movements in Algeria and Lebanon (AfterCorona #12)"


Genealogies of Liveability (AfterCorona #11)

Neoliberal urbanism and the rise of Jan Gehl

Nina Stener Jørgensen and Maroš Krivý offer us the broader picture of the contemporary urbanist discourse of liveability and Jan Gehl's rise to prominence. In a tour de force, they walk us through Gehl's original work within the Danish welfare state of the 1960s, his indebtedness to the contributions of his wife Ingrid, his rise to stardom following Al Gore's liveability agenda, and why his success throws a shadow even on people like Richard Florida. The political responses to the Covid-19 situation show no significant disruption with the liveability discourse but possibly allow for a new round of implementations in public space. The presented critique situates the liveability approach in the context of neoliberal urbanism that posits equality while simultaneously remaining blind, if not covering up structural inequalities and social conflicts. In effect, the current Black Lives Matter protests against anti-Black racism confront this paradigm with the question: Liveability for whom? **Guests:** **Maroš Krivý** is Associate Professor and Director of Urban Studies at the Faculty of Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts. He was previously a Research Associate in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. His work, situated at the intersections of urban geography and architectural history, has been published in journals such as _IJURR, Planning Theory, Architectural Histories, The Journal of Architecture, Footprint_ and _Avery Review_. Maroš contributed to a number of edited collections, including _Neoliberalism on the Ground_ (University of Pittbusrgh Press, 2020) and _Second World Postmodernisms_ (Bloomsbury, 2019). Nina Stener Jørgensen is a PhD student at the Faculty of Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts, working on a thesis that investigates the intersection of Participation, Cybernetics and Urbanism in 1960’s western architectural discourse.

Erschienen: 10.06.2020
Dauer: 01:21:10

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Genealogies of Liveability (AfterCorona #11)"


Urban Commonwealth (AfterCorona #10)

Margaret Kohn on Solidarism, Scales, and the State

On the basis of the book _The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth_, we discuss with Margaret Kohn her resuscitation of the early 20th century solidarist ideas and the links to the Lefebvrian notion of the right to the city. We challenge her on the question of scale and the role of the state in solidarist thinking, how all of this may enlighten the response to the Covid-19 moment, and recommend that you listen to her smart and thoughtful reflections. **Margaret Kohn** is a professor of political science at the University of Toronto. She received her MA and PhD from Cornell University. Her most recent book _The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth_ was published by Oxford University Press (2016). It won the David Easton Award for Best Book in Political Theory and the Judd Award for Best Book in Urban and Local Politics. She is the author of _Radical Space: Building the House of the People_ (Cornell University Press 2003), and _Brave New Neighborhoods: The Privatization of Public Space_ (Routledge 2004) and _Political Theories of Decolonization_ (with Keally McBride, Oxford University Press, 2011). She has been a Fulbright Fellow and a Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. She has also served as Acting Director of the Centre for Ethics and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Scarborough.

Erschienen: 02.06.2020
Dauer: 00:47:06

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Urban Commonwealth (AfterCorona #10)"


Teaching and Learning in Urban Research (AfterCorona #9)

Experiential approaches, risk and discomfort

Robin Chang and Meg Holden discuss how the Covid-19 situation has disrupted teaching and learning practices in urban research, deepening existing and exposing new inequalities. They consider in particular the short and long term implications of on-going restrictions for experiential learning, what this means for urban research methods, drawing on concepts like discomfort and positing a notion of an ethics of experience. Robin A. Chang is PhD Researcher and Instructor in the School of Spatial Planning at the Technical University of Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany. Her comparative research investigates temporary and adaptive uses through a complexity lens on urban and industrial lands in Germany and the Netherlands. As a Canadian based in Germany, she also combines her research and teaching interests with cross-cultural experiences in British Columbia and Metro Vancouver, her original home and professional planning context. Meg Holden is Director of the Urban Studies Program and Professor of Urban Studies and Geography at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Her work focuses on pragmatic approaches to sustainable urban planning, policy and everday life. Key literature: Esteve Corbera, Isabelle Anguelovski, Jordi Honey-Rosés & Isabel Ruiz- Mallén (2020): Academia in the Time of COVID-19: Towards an Ethics of Care, Planning Theory & Practice, DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2020.1757891 Holden, Meg; Chang, Robin; and Gunderson, Rebecca (2019): Resilience and Pedagogy. Learning From International Field Studies in Urban Resilience in Canada and Germany. In Cities and the Environment (CATE) 12 (1). Available online at https://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cate/vol12/iss1/2, checked on 3/19/2019. Mezirow, J. 1991. Transformative Dimensions of Adult Learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Erschienen: 29.05.2020
Dauer: 00:31:50

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Teaching and Learning in Urban Research (AfterCorona #9)"


Spatialities of Shock (AfterCorona #8)

Comparing Urban Responses to the Pandemic and their Implications

Reflecting on how shocks are applied as tools to further political agendas, Creighton Connolly, S. Harris Ali, and Roger Keil consider the implications for racialized inequalities and the Global South-North divide. Two months after the first conversation with out guests, at a moment when the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, Creighton, Harris, and Roger analyze how cities have responded in different ways and what kind of lasting effects we should expect in our urban lives. **Guests:** **Creighton Connolly** is a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies and the Global South in the School of Geography, University of Lincoln, UK. He researches urban political ecology, urban-environmental governance and processes of urbanization and urban redevelopment in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Malaysia and Singapore. He is editor of ‘Post-Politics and Civil Society in Asian Cities’ (Routledge 2019), and has published in a range of leading urban studies and geography journals. Previously, he worked as a researcher in the Asian Urbanisms research cluster at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. **S. Harris Ali** is a Professor of Sociology, York University in Toronto. He researches issues in environmental sociology, environmental health and disasters including the social and political dimensions of infectious disease outbreaks. He is currently conducting research on the role of community-based initiatives in the Ebola response in Africa. **Roger Keil** is a Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University in Toronto. He researches global suburbanization, urban political ecology, cities and infectious disease, and regional governance. Keil is the author of "Suburban Planet" (Polity 2018) and editor of "Suburban Constellations" (Jovis 2013). A co-founder of the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA), he was the inaugural director of the CITY Institute at York University and former co-editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Erschienen: 21.05.2020
Dauer: 00:59:41

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Spatialities of Shock (AfterCorona #8)"


Migration and Labour Struggles (AfterCorona #7)

Experiences in India and Canada

How is the pandemic affecting conditions of labour and migrant workers? How are Unions and other organisations reacting? In this wide-ranging and forensic discussion with Michelle Buckley (Toronto), Rajan Pandey (Bangalore) and Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay (Mohali) tell us about on-going struggles around mobility and labour in Canada and India. We hear about how the Indian state is seeking to unravel regulation and working rights under the guise of enabling the economy to deal with the crisis and how the situation is deepening inequalities and conflicts around ethnicity and religion. We also discuss how labour organisations in Canada are gearing up for the struggles to come and consider what 'resistance' means. **Guests:** **Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay** (Assistant Professor, Humanities & Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali) is a historical anthropologist of the Present. My earlier and ongoing research projects explore themes in informality, infrastructure technologies and governmentality studies in late-colonial and postcolonial India. I am particularly invested in studying the materiality of mass politics as India transitioned from imperial sovereignty to popular sovereignty. I am also interested in the genealogies of Marxism and Fascism infested in popular consciousness in South Asia. **Michelle Buckley** is an urban and economic geographer in the Department of Human Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough. A former Lecturer at Mansfield College, Oxford and at the School of Environment & Technology at the University of Brighton, UK, her research is broadly concerned with the experiences of mobile workers employed in the construction trades, and with the politics of labour, gender, citizenship, and race that sustain contemporary urbanization, homeownership, and real estate investment. **Rajan Pandey** is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Christ (Deemed to be University) Bangalore. He did is PhD on peasant politics and anti land acquisition agitations in post globalization India from Centre for Political Studies, JNU. He also has an experience of around a decade working as a freelance journalist covering politics and elections across India. He has co-authored a book "Battleground UP" on politics in India's most populous state, along with several academic articles and many journalistic pieces. His interests lie in electoral politics, social movements, migration studies, political economy and geographies of work in post colonial settings.

Erschienen: 16.05.2020
Dauer: 00:42:56

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Migration and Labour Struggles (AfterCorona #7)"


Dark Clouds over Informal Settlements II: Responses to the Pandemic (AfterCorona #6)

Insights from Kenya and South Africa with J.A. Akallah and M. Huchzermeyer

Erschienen: 05.05.2020
Dauer: 00:53:51

Podcast-Webseite: Episode "Dark Clouds over Informal Settlements II: Responses to the Pandemic (AfterCorona #6)"


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