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Lecture 1 | International Cycle THE RIGHT TO THE CITY

From: 2019-10-14 To:2019-10-14

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    Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
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    Philosophy & Public Space
  • INTERNATIONAL CYCLE OF LECTURES 2019-2020 

    THE RIGHT TO THE CITY
    Interdisciplinary Dialogues

    14th October 2019 | 18h30
    CASA COMUM, Reitoria da Universidade do Porto

    LECTURE 1

    CITIES WITHOUT INHABITANTS AND THE ERASURE OF THE RIGHT TO THE CITY
    CIDADES SEM HABITANTES E A DISSOLUÇÃO DO DIREITO À CIDADE

    Sharon Meagher

    Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Faculty, and  Professor of Philosophy at Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY, USA.
    Co-founder and co-chair of the Public Philosophy Network.

     

    Abstract: In this talk, I will examine the contemporary phenomenon of cities being built speculatively in the hopes of attracting global capital in the race to achieve global city status. Not all cities achieve global city status, and the result are cities that remain largely empty of inhabitants. Unlike “ghost towns” that were once lively with inhabitants and then abandoned, these new “ghost cities,” were never inhabited, as the infrastructure (especially iconic skyscrapers) were built at a scale that far exceeded the number of inhabitants. I will discuss three cases: Doha, Qatar, Kigali, Rwanda, and New York’s new “city within a city” Hudson Yards. What happens to claims to the right to the city if there are few inhabitants to claim it? I argue that the dire effects of global cities—particularly these ghost cities—including rising inequalities, dislocations of peoples, growing environmental hazards --demand that philosophers pay attention to what is happening on the ground. And in doing so, we philosophers might both transform our thinking about philosophical methodology and key concepts while also finding better ways to locate and stop social injustices and enable urban dwellers to claim and realize their rights to the city.

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    More information: https://ppscic2019-2020.wixsite.com/righttothecity

    Organização:
    Research Group Philosophy and Public Space
    Apoio técnico, divulgação e comunicação: Irandina Afonso | Isabel Marques
    Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto - FIL/00502
    Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

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