Neoliberalism continues to transform public space in geographically uneven and variegated ways, with far reaching and profound consequences. On the first day, the conference will provide context for various means of privatization and elaborate on language and visions for discussing this issue. On the second day, workshops will bring together students, activists, artists, and organizations engaged in imagining and practicing new and creative means of resistance to the new round of enclosures taking place on a global scale.
Day 1 Conference: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, New York City
9:00 a.m. Introduction and Welcome – Setha Low President William P. Kelly and Provost Chase F. Robinson of CUNY Graduate Center
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Privatization of Public Space: Historical and Contemporary New York City Sharon Zukin, Gregory Smithsimon, Andrew Newman
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Reconsidering Privatization: Neoliberal Strategies, Securitization and Privacy Kevin Ward, Setha Low, Kurt Iveson
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Beyond Public and Private: Privatization and the Global Fiscal Crisis Neil Smith, Katherine Verdery, Bill McKinney
4-5:30 Visions of the Future: Race, Class and Gender Mindy Fullilove, David Harvey, Cindi Katz
Wrap up and further discussion
6:00-7:00 p.m. Reception
Day 2 Workshops: Thursday, April 22, 2010 Rooms 5414 and 5409 (5th Floor) CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, New York City
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9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Opening discussion, with David Harvey
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Workshop 1: Anti-Gentrification and Community Self-Determination, with CAAAV’s Chinatown Tenants Union and Picture the Homeless Workshop 2: Artistic Interruptions in Everyday Life, with Dara Greenwald, Manu Sachdeva, Jeff Stark and Jordan Seiler
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on site)
1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Workshop 3: Neoliberalism, Securitization and Enclosures in South Asia, with Ahilan Kadirgamar, Biju Mathew, Preeti Sampat and Saadia Toor Workshop 4:The University and the Commons, with Silvia Federici, Malav Kanuga, Mary Taylor and the Coalition to Preserve Community
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“Asking We Walk”: Collective Theorizations/Mapping Emancipations?
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Free and Open. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Public Space Research Group at the Center for Human Environments, Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, Ph.D. Programs in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Sociology, Doctoral Students’ Council, SpaceTime Research Collective (STRC) and the South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI)
Setha Low, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Kevin Ward, University of Manchester; Lalit Batra, Doctoral Student in Earth and Environmental Sciences; Fiona Jeffries, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Place, Culture and Politics; Erin Siodmak, Doctoral Student in Sociology; Laurel Mei Turbin, Doctoral Student in Earth and Environmental Sciences