Category: Seminars and Conferences
State: Archived
21 April 2022 at 4 pm CET

FRAGMENTS OF THE CITY. Making and Remaking Urban Worlds

Sala Vigliano DIST, Castello del Valentino, Torino and Online

Cities are becoming increasingly fragmented materially, socially, and spatially. From broken toilets and everyday discards, to art and forms of writing, fragments are signatures of urban worlds and provocations for change. In this presentation, the speaker considers how such fragments come to matter in the experience, politics, and expression of cities. Drawing on fieldwork and examples from different contexts, the speaker argues that attending to the role of fragments can help us to understand how urban worlds are made, revealed, written, and changed.

Colin McFarlane is Professor of Urban Geography at Durham University, UK. His work focusses on the politics of urban life, particularly in relation to density, infrastructure, and equality. His most recent books include Fragments of the City: Making and Remaking Urban Worlds (University of California Press) and Global Urbanism: Knowledge, Power and the City (Routledge, co-edited with Michele Lancione). His recent work on density and COVID-19 is available open access at the following link. He is co-editor of Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

Ash Amin is professor of geography at Cambridge University and a Fellow of the British Academy, having held the post of Foreign Secretary and Vice-President from 2015 to 2019. His recent books include Land of Strangers; Arts of the Political, with Nigel Thrift (Duke University Press); Releasing the Commons, coedited with Philip Howell; and Seeing Like a City, with Nigel Thrift. He is currently writing a book on the politics of coexistence in Europe.

The lecture series is organised by professors Camillo Boano, Francesco Chiodelli and Michele Lancione.