LECTURE Urban Perspectives of the World Inaugural Lecture Prof. Jan Nijman. UvA, Amsterdam, NL. 27.6.2012

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Urban Perspectives of the World

Inaugural Lecture Prof. Jan Nijman

Wednesday, 27 June 2012, 16:00 – 17:00

Inaugural lecture Urban Studies

Urban Perspectives of the World

Urban Perspectives of the World

The world is in the midst of an urban revolution – a revolution that took shape in the 1980s and that is likely to continue for another couple of decades.

Similar to the industrial-urban revolution of the 19th century, the current revolution is closely related to the emergence of a new mode of production, this time in the form of the information economy.

The main geographical centers of the current urban revolution are located in China and India, but the reverberations are worldwide. Cities like New York or Amsterdam, for example, have been reshaped profoundly – economically, socially, spatially, and politically.

The renewed surge of the field of Urban Studies in the academy is accompanied with a demand for ‘urban knowledge’ by government, corporations, and other interest groups. It is an opportune moment, thus, for critical reflection about the nature of this interdisciplinary field and its societial relevance.

Jan Nijman

Jan Nijman is Professor of Urban Studies and director of the Centre. He also chairs the undergraduate programme in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Trained as a geographer (PhD, U of Colorado at Boulder, 1990), his interests reach across the social sciences and humanities. Most of his work deals with urban theory and the role of cities in their broader regional and historical contexts. His regional expertise is in North America and South Asia, with special interests in Miami and Mumbai. He has 15 years of research experience in urban India. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (USA), National Geographic Society, Guggenheim Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

His current research projects focus on the rise and fall of US suburbs (part of a larger collaborative and comparative project on global suburbanism) and on the economic and cultural geographies of slums in Indian cities.

Location

Singel 411
1012 WN  Amsterdam
Source: Urban Studies
urbanstudies@uva.nl

LECTURE Leverhulme Public Lecture: The crisis in urban studies: revolution, reform and reconstruction. UCL London, UK. 31.5.2012

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Leverhulme Public Lecture: The crisis in urban studies: revolution, reform and reconstruction

Thursday 31 May 6pm
UCL Geography Pearson Lecture Theatre, Pearson Building
(see www.ucl.ac.uk/locations/ucl-maps)

Professor Sue Parnell (African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town and Leverhulme Visiting Professor, UCL)
Continue reading LECTURE Leverhulme Public Lecture: The crisis in urban studies: revolution, reform and reconstruction. UCL London, UK. 31.5.2012

GUEST LECTURE “Remaking Social Housing in Glasgow”, Prof. Ken Gibb, Amsterdam, 30.05.2011

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Remaking Social Housing in Glasgow

  • Monday, 30th May 2011, 16.00- 17.30 hrs.

  • Oost Indisch Huis – Room: E0.02 (VOC-zaal)

It is nearly 10 years since Scotland’s largest city embarked on a revolution in its social housing, transferring more than 80,000 council homes to the Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) who then embarked on a massive investment programme and series of commitments, most significantly proposing to undergo ‘second stage transfer’ to more than 60 local or community-based organisations. Although public housing stock transfer to the association sector is an established and successful (though contentious) model within the UK housing system, the scale and ambition of the Glasgow proposals marks it out. Continue reading GUEST LECTURE “Remaking Social Housing in Glasgow”, Prof. Ken Gibb, Amsterdam, 30.05.2011

Guest Lecture: Prof. Dr. Enrico Gualini: Metropolitan space as strategic-relational construct: Multi-level governance, multi-scalar strategies, and the emergence of new policy spaces in the Randstad, 20.04.2011, Amsterdam

You are cordially invited to attend the Urban Studies Lecture by Prof. Dr. Enrico Gualini

Metropolitan space as strategic-relational construct: Multi-level governance, multi-scalar strategies, and the emergence of new policy spaces in the Randstad

Wednesday, 20 April 2011, 15:00 – 17:00, Roeterseiland – Building E – Room: E0.10

Metropolitan regions are increasingly characterized as emergent, flexible ‘action spaces’ standing in a complex relationship with formal-institutional territorial units. Yet there is relatively little attention in metropolitan research for the spatial rationales, discourses and practices involved. Practices of metropolitan governance can be seen as a process of rescaling, by which new constellations of interests and power and new practices and arenas of governance are intimately interconnected with struggles for the definition of new spatial strategies. The presentation takes recent developments in the (northern) Randstad as an occasion for reflecting upon theoretical frameworks for research on the emergence and co-evolution of metropolitan policy spaces as a manifestation of change in territorial policy.

Prof. Dr. Enrico Gualini is Professor of Planning theory at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, TU Berlin. In the course of the Urban Studies Programme Enrico Gualini spends time at the University of Amsterdam to work with Urban Studies researchers, give lectures and teach PhD students.

Urban Studies lecture by Professor Sharon Zukin, Amsterdam, 5 April 2011

http://www.urbanstudies.uva.nl/urbanstudies_news/agenda.cfm/58F45DAD-0EF4-4E60-A508D4619FE20DC7

How Dutch Is It? Aesthetics, Ownership and Identity on an Amsterdam Shopping Street

Tuesday, 5 April 2011, 15:00 – 17:00 hrs.

“How Dutch Is It? Aesthetics, Ownership and Identity on an Amsterdam Shopping Street”

Expanding her recent work on “authenticity,” gentrification and redevelopment in New York, Sharon Zukin turns an inquiring but critical eye on Utrechtsestraat, an upscale shopping street in Amsterdam’s Grachtengordel. Though this street represents a “high end” of globalization, it also reproduces a local experience of what we could call “Dutch” identity. How does an urban space, in this case a shopping street, create identity? How do various actors–shopkeepers, building owners, street association, neighbors, customers–engage in processes of social construction? And what, in an era of social diversity and multiculturalism, is “Dutch” identity all about?

The talk is a first presentation of work in progress. For more on authenticity, see Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Prof. Sharon Zukin
Sharon Zukin
About Professor Sharon Zukin

Professor Sharon Zukin – currently our Urban Studies Visiting Professor – is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and the City University Graduate Center; author of books on cities, culture, and consumer culture; researcher on urban, cultural, and economic change.

Areas of Expertise:
Consumer society and consumer culture–especially shopping
Urban change–gentrification, arts and economic development, ethnic diversity.

Location
Bushuis/ Oost Indisch Huis
Kloveniersburgwal 48
1012 CX Amsterdam
Room: VOC-zaal (E0.02)