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Urban Seminar Series: Urban Commons and The Right to the City

We are pleased to invite you to this semesters seminar series in Urban Studies. We have organized, together with the Institute for the studies of Malmö History, five exciting events on the topic of Urban Commons and The Right to the City

If you are a teacher or a coordinator for a course we encourage you to put the seminars on the course schedule - it is a great opportunity for undergraduate as well as graduate students to meet and get to listen to interesting researchers from other universities.

When: Selected Fridays 14:00 – 16:00 (no 'academic quarter'!)
Where: Niagara Hörsal (Auditorium) A & B, Ground floor

September 28

ORAL HISTORY OCH RÅTTEN TILL STADEN: Ett helare Malmö (the talk will be in Swedish)

Speakers: Robert Nilsson Mohammadi (Institutet för studier i Malmös historia) and Hilde Selander (Imagenes del Sur)

En föreläsning om oral history som metod, hur oral history kan bidra till demokratisering av städer och om filmprojektet ”Ett helare Malmö” som vill ge röst till några av de Malmökvinnor som varit med och påverkat historien med sitt handlande. 

October 19

THE CITY AND THE MINE: Oral history and the Great Miner’s Strike 1969-70

Speaker: Robert Nilsson Mohammadi, Institutet för studier i Malmös historia.

This presentation is about a miners’ strike that shook the Swedish Model, and how giving voice to the miners became an act of solidarity. But it is also about the voices the miners actually were given, the experience of having been used as a voice in certain narratives, and the previously unheard configurations of “city” and “mine” that emerge in oral histories with participants in the strike. 

November 9

(OBS!!! Room: NIA0607, in the 6th floor in Niagara)

COMMONING HOUSING THROUGH OCCUPATION: From squats to co-ops

Speaker: Mara Ferreri, Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP), Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

A key tool in the repertoire of urban social movements is the reclaiming of empty spaces for self-managed use, including for collective dwelling, through direct action. In critical urban scholarship, residential occupations have been understood as performing precarious housing commons, which often exist alongside struggles for establishing longer-term community-led initiatives. In this presentation, I introduce the little-known experience of housing commoning in London by examining the transition from the 1970s organised mass squatting to the short-life housing movement – a temporary commons for over 15,000 Londoners – to the establishment of permanent fully-mutual housing co-operatives.   

November 23

PUBLIC SPACE, URBAN COMMONS AND NEOLIBERAL PLANNING: Some reflections from Malmö’s People’s Park

Speaker: Johan Pries, Department of Urban and Rural Development, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 

Public space and other kinds of urban commons have often been threatened, and extinguished, by revanchist neoliberal urbanism. From his recent work on the many attempts to redevelop Malmö’s People’s Park Johan Pries shows that that neoliberal urban planning also might mobilize, create and curate urban commons. This presentation touches on what desired ends this kind of seemingly progressive plans imagines when articulated in neoliberal urban government, and suggests some preliminary conclusions about what political contradictions and re-articulations neoliberal experiments with urban commons makes possible.

December 7

URBAN PLANNING, BONDING AND BRIDGING

Speaker: Marianne Dock, City Planning Office in Malmö

Social aspects in urban planning are getting more and more highlighted, not just in Malmö. We see tendencies that socioeconomic gaps between citizens are widening, and are concentrated to geographical areas.  The Networking city is a model to support social capital to overcome barriers among people. The lecture will show how the shape of our cities influence the way people can, or cannot, interact.

Senast uppdaterad av Johanna Svensson