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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellows' Seminar - Urban Social Movements: contentious performances in a challenging era

27th February 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Professor Ida Susser ( Hunter College, USA)


In the light of the sharp turn to the right in the United States and the same trends in many parts of Europe, this seminar paper will explore the history of civil protest and the possibilities which such protest may represent to foster progressive policies. The emergence of protests such as “Occupy” in the United States and similar events in Europe is discussed as a response to neoliberal policies, the creation of a temporary and insecure workforce, or precariat, and the need to develop different approaches to power and transformation. Based on fieldwork among activists in New York City, Barcelona and Paris, this paper analyzes the ways in which social movements represent a claim for an urban commons and the building of a new political consciousness. It develops a theoretical discussion of the urban commons as a form of popular education which transforms space, time and language.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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