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From Gold Coast Campus A2.20, to Coffs Harbour A1.20, Lismore R1.06 + Zoom

Bilinga, QLD 4225

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This three part keynote series on Urban Spaces is being led by SCU's Sustainability, Environment & Education (SEE) Research Cluster. Please confim attendance at each event via the Eventbrite links.

The keynote speakers are:

KEYNOTE 1 - 19 October - Dr Natalie Osborne (Griffith University) 19 October: Dr Natalie Osborne (Griffith University) - Points of Light Through the Curtain: Everyday Spatial Politics for the Just City. Register at https://urbanspaceskeynoteseriesnatalieosbourne.eventbrite.com.au

KEYNOTE 2 - 14 November: Dr Jessica McLean (Macquarie University) - Can we love our digital monsters? More-than-real geographies in the Anthropocene. Register at https://urbanspaceskeynoteseriesjessicamclean.eventbrite.com.au

KEYNOTE 3 - 11 December: Professor Karen Malone (Western Sydney University) - Educating Children in the Urban Anthropocene. Register at https://urbanspaceskeynoteserieskarenmalone.eventbrite.com.au

Keynote delivered from the Gold Coast Campus, A2.20 and Video Conferenced to Coffs (A1.20) and Lismore (R106). Or Join via Zoom https://scuonline.zoom.us/j/7103981309


Keynote 1 Abstract

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, many of the old, traditional places of community and organising have been lost. Workplaces have largely been de-unionised, and much of the ‘old’ infrastructure of civil society has crumbled after decades of a political economic structure that insisted society was, by and large, a myth, and that the individual or nuclear family unit was the only meaningful scale of analysis and action. But emerging forms of urban activism, including campaigns invoking ‘the right to the city’ and the New Municipality movement suggest the city – where most of us now live – may offer a site for community organising and radical politics, becoming at once the site and the stakes of political movements (Harvey & Potter, 2009; Tonkiss, 2005). Cities are sites of confrontation, where structures of power are made visible and spatial, and through which publics are constituted through struggle (Merrifield, 2017). In cities and in the kinds of spatial politics they make possible, we may be beginning to see the points of light through the curtain that can counteract capitalist realism (Fisher, 2009) and neoliberalism, and demonstrate that other, more just and sustainable ways of living together are possible.

This lecture will explore the ‘right to the city’ as a theory and as an emerging urban activist praxis, and the ways in which claims for space are being made by various groups from the margins. Drawing on accounts of urban activism in Meanjin/Brisbane, Australia, this lecture will consider how struggles for the right to the city illuminate alternative possibilities and politics (Hage, 2015), and how they imagine and enact new ways to re/produce urban spaces (and the social relations spaces reflect and re/produce). It will also explore the tensions that emerge in these struggles, particularly the implications of claims for space when made by non-Indigenous People in settler-colonial cities, and the ways everyday and prefigurative forms of spatial politics rub up against more conventional approaches to city politics. Further, this lecture will consider the notion of a ‘Just City’, and whose claims for space and justice are included in this framing. Given the ecological crises both produced by and facing cities, how can social and environmental justice co-exist within urban, everyday spatial politics? Drawing on Haraway (2015), Puig de la Bellacasa (2017), and Fishel (2017), we ask: how can movements for the right to the city and the Just City make space for the more-than-human? What would an everyday, spatial, more-than-human politics for the Just City look like?

References

Fishel, S. (2017). The microbial state: Global thriving and the body politic. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Fisher, M. (2009). Capitalist realism: Is there no alternative? : Zero Books.

Hage, G. (2015). Alter-politics: Critical anthropology and the radical imagination. Carlton, Australia: Melbourne University Press.

Haraway, D. (2015). Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationcene, Chthulucene: Making kin. Environmental Humanities, 6, 159-165.

Harvey, D., & Potter, C. (2009). The right to the just city. In P. Marcuse, J. Connolly, J. Novy, I. Olivo, C. Potter, & J. Steil (Eds.), Searching for the just city: Debates in urban theory and practice (pp. 40-51). London, UK: Routledge.

Merrifield, A. (2017). The Amateur: The pleasures of doing what you love. London, UK: Verso.

Puig de la Bellacasa, M. (2017). Matters of care: Speculative ethics in more than human worlds. Minneapolis, USA: University of Minnesota Press.

Tonkiss, F. (2005). Space, the city and social theory: Social relations and urban forms. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.


Biography: Dr Natalie Osborne is a Lecturer in the School of Environment at Griffith University, teaching and researching in the areas of urban and environmental planning and critical human geography. Her work is influenced by emotional and feminist geographies, and focuses on social, spatial, and environmental justice in cities, spatial politics, and the right to the city. She has a particular interest in participatory action research and community-based research, and collaborates with a number of radical and activist groups working on issues of socio-spatial justice. Natalie is also a regular contributor to Brisbane community radio station 4ZZZ 102.1FM where she is co-producer of the critical theory and political commentary program Radio Reversal.



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