On June 20th I will be participating in ‘Anesthetized: aesthetics as a weapon of mass domestication,’ a week-long seminar organized in SUR—the school of arts of Madrid’s Círculo de Bellas Artes—by Lucía Jalón and David Sánchez Usanos. More information about the course can be found here (in Spanish), and in the (very interesting) provisional program.
For a while now I have been focused on a book-length project and I try to minimize potential distractions, but this type of extra-disciplinary forays—most of the speakers in the seminar come from the fields of philosophy, art and literature, including playwrights and novelists—are a great opportunity to experiment with more speculative approaches and new research paths. In this occasion I intend to use various interpretive keys (Althusser, Rancière, Goonewardena, Trinh T. Minh-ha) and historical episodes of the avant-garde and neo-avant-garde (Neue Sachlichkeit, anti-architecture…) to explore how urban representations are used to regulate diverse regimes of production/social reproduction. I am also planning to use a discussion of counter-representations centered on alternative forms of reproduction to develop the notion of ‘urban sabotage’ and its potential connection to contemporary aesthetic practices.
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Tagged Aesthetics, Anthusser, Art, Círculo de Bellas Artes, David Sánchez Usanos, Kanishka Goonewardena, Lucía Jalón, Neue Sachlichkeit, Performance, Rancière, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Urban representations
So, I am breaking the silence on this blog again to share the good news that Martín Arboleda’s Planetary Mine: Territories of Extraction Under Late Capitalism will finally be out with Verso early next year — probably one of the books I am more excited to read soon, blending a political economy of extractive capitalism with planetary urbanization theory.
Planetary Mine rethinks the politics and territoriality of resource extraction, especially as the mining industry becomes reorganized in the form of logistical networks, and East Asian economies emerge as the new pivot of the capitalist world-system. Through an exploration of the ways in which mines in the Atacama Desert of Chile—the driest in the world—have become intermingled with an expanding constellation of megacities, ports, banks, and factories across East Asia, the book rethinks uneven geographical development in the era of supply chain capitalism. Arguing that extraction entails much more than the mere spatiality of mine shafts, Planetary Mine points towards the expanding webs of infrastructure, of finance, and of struggle, that drive resource-based industries.
You can download earlier material by Arboleda related to this project on the Urban Theory Lab’s publications website, and here is a presentation of some of the material from the book:
Posted in Planetary urbanization, Political economy, Teoría urbana, Urban Theory Lab, Urbanización
Tagged Commodity chains, Extraction, Extractivism, Martin Arboleda, Mining, Planetary Urbanization, Supply chains
Henrik Ernstson and Erik Swyngedouw (eds.) Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene: Interruptions and Possibilities, out today with Routledge — extraordinary set of contributions!
Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene: Interruptions and Possibilities centres on how to organize anew the articulation between emancipatory theory and political activism.
Across its theoretical and empirical chapters, written by leading scholars from anthropology, geography, urban studies, and political science, the book explores new political possibilities that are opening up in an age marked by proliferating contestations, sharpening socio-ecological inequalities, and planetary processes of urbanization and environmental change. A deepened conversation between urban environmental studies and political theory is mobilized to chart a radically new direction for the field of urban political ecology and cognate disciplines: What could emancipatory politics be about in our time? What does a return of the political under the aegis of equality and freedom signal today in theory and in practice? How do political movements emerge that could re-invent equality and freedom as actually existing socio-ecological practices? The hope is to contribute discussions that can expand and rearrange critical environmental studies to remain relevant in a time of deepening depoliticization and the rise of post-truth politics.
Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene will be of interest to postgraduates, established scholars, and upper level undergraduates from any discipline or field with an interest in the interface between the urban, the environment, and the political, including: geography, urban studies, environmental studies, and political science.
I’ve just received an advance copy of Shakespearean Territories (University of Chicago Press, 2018). The book has been a long time in production, and the final stages were delayed by paper shortages and printer problems in the US. I’ve been told that warehouse copies will follow, which usually the sign for when the book is […]
via Progressive Geographies
Paul Chatterton, Unlocking Sustainable Cities: A Manifesto for Real Change, forthcoming with Pluto this month.
This book is a manifesto for real urban change. Today, our urban areas are held back by corporate greed, loss of public space and rising inequality. This book highlights how cities are locked into unsustainable and damaging practices, and how exciting new routes can be unlocked for real change.
Across the world, city innovators are putting real sustainability into practice – from transforming abandoned public spaces and setting up community co-operatives, to rewilding urban nature and powering up civic energy.
Paul Chatterton explores the power of these city experiments that harness the creative power of the collective, focusing on five themes: compassion, imagination, experimentation, co-production and transformation; and four city systems: mobility, energy, community and nature. Imagining radical alternatives, such as car-free, post-carbon, common and ‘bio-cities’, this is a toolkit for unlocking real urban change.
In this case it is fair to say that theory follows action. Here is a TED presentation where Chatterton talks about the LILAC co-housing community project he helped to develop in West Leeds.
Posted in Diseño urbano, Planificación urbana y territorial, Urban design, Urbanismo sostenible
Tagged Co-housing, Cohousing, Commons, Degrowth, Leeds, LILAC, Paul Chatterton, Postcarbon, Sustainability, Sustainable architecture, Sustainable urbanism