Spatial Justice and Indigenous Rights

Path to the Possible

Just out: the latest issue of Justice Spatiale/Spatial Justice, guest edited by Béatrice Collignon and Irène Hirt, on Spatial Justice and Indigenous People.

It is freely accessible (and fully bilingual) here:


Philippe GERVAIS-LAMBONY | Frédéric DUFAUX | Aurélie QUENTIN

1. Claiming Space to Claim for Justice: the Indigenous Peoples‘ Geographical Agenda
Béatrice Collignon | Irène Hirt

2. Urban Protected Areas: Forces of justice or injustice for Indigenous popula-tions? The cases of Xochimilco and the national parks of Mumbai and Cape Town
Frédéric Landy | Nadia Belaidi | Karl-Heinz Gaudry Sada

3. Right to and on the City. The case of the American Indians of the San Francisco Bay Area
Benjamin Leclère

4. Spatial Justice and Indigenous Peoples’ Protection of Sacred Places: Adding Indigenous Dimensions to the Conversation
June Lorenzo

5. Land and indigenous territories in the Bolivian Amazon: full but imperfect spatial justice?

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The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting,204,203,200_.jpg

Alex Vasudevan’s much awaited new book will be out next month with Verso:

A radical history of squatting and the struggle for the right to remake the city, The Autonomous City is the first popular history of squatting as practised in Europe and North America. Alex Vasudevan retraces the struggle for housing in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Hamburg, London, Madrid, Milan, New York, and Vancouver […] via Alexander Vasudevan, The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting – Verso — Progressive Geographies

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Landscape struggles, environmental hegemonies and the politics of urban design

In a previous post I announced the publication of a new article about Central Park in Environment and Planning D, this time focusing on the governmental and strategic role of the park’s schemein the context of local struggles to consolidate or challenge existing hegemonies. For that purpose I elaborated a theoretical framework around the concept of ‘environmental hegemony’ drawing on the work of Antonio Gramsci and Michel Foucault, which emphasizes the responsibility of technical interventions in the forge of regulatory apparatuses, integral state formations and subjectivity projects.

The Society and Space website has now published a companion piece where I expand some of the theoretical and historical arguments of the article with a more general reflection about the political horizon of design disciplines.

What would a Central Park designed by proletarians look like? How would such a subaltern landscape differ from the creatures of nineteenth-century bourgeois pastoral taste that we have come to identify with urban nature? Would Manhattan’s structure and social space have been radically changed by such a historical detour? Landscape and New York City scholars…

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Elden’s Foucault: The Birth of Power

Foucault: The Birth of Power is now available worldwide. The book is published by Polity, and the design fits with Foucault’s Last Decade which came out in 2016. There is a lot about Foucault’s political activism in this second book, so the covers make a nice contrasting pair. More information on the two books here. […]

a través de Foucault: The Birth of Power now available worldwide — Progressive Geographies

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Our latest issue and a video abstract – “Prefiguring the State”

The March 2017 issue of Antipode is out now (and available online here). This is the second of our new-look issues; when we launched them in January we said that “…while we look different, we continue to push Geography’s radical and critical edge in a number of ways, many of which will be familiar, inspired as they are by Marxist, socialist, anarchist, anti-racist, anticolonal, feminist, queer, trans*, green, and postcolonial thought. Others, however, will be less so given that we are also committed to the new, the innovative, the creative, and the heretofore unthought radical edges of spatial theorisation and analysis”, and Antipode 49(2) blends the familiar and the not so with aplomb.

Engagement in a Public Forum: Knowledge, Action, and Cosmopolitanism by Jennifer F. Brewer, Natalie Springuel, James Wilson, Robin Alden, Dana Morse, Catherine Schmitt, Chris Bartlett, Teresa Johnson, Carla Guenther and Damian Brady;

The Evolution of Neoliberal…

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CfP: Los años CIAM en España. La otra Modernidad

Convocatoria para el envío de ponencias aquí.

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Talk at the AA – Thanks and additional materials

I had a great time during the seminar last week at the AA, where I presented my recent research on planning’s role in the destruction of working-class centralities through several historical illustrations from Germany and the US. This is a new episode of my ‘social history of planning’ project and it was the first time I was sharing some of the material. The conversation was very animated and tremendously fruitful for me. Thanks are due to Pier Vittorio Aureli and Maria S. Giudici, their students and the rest of the audience for their hospitality and searching feedback.

Aureli and Giudici passed me a copy of Like a Rolling Stone. Revisiting the Architecture of the Boarding House, a book-artifact summarizing the result of the intervention/research project that Dogma and Black Square, their respective architectural and editorial collectives, prepared for the Venice Biennale last year. The book is not only beautifully edited but also full of illuminations about the boarding house as a site of subversion of domestic space, both historically and as a project for the future. Highly recommended and also relevant for some of the issues I’m dealing with right now in my own research.

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