Ginette Verstraete, Citizen Participation in the Smart City: A Critical Approach

Regenzzimmer 111, Kollegienhaus, Petersplatz 1, Basel

Ginette Verstraete is Professor of Comparative Arts and Media at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Prior to that she held the Simone de Beauvoir Chair in Contemporary Intellectual History at the University of Amsterdam. She also taught at the University of Maastricht, and was visiting researcher and Professor at various other universities, among which UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, New York University and Open University (GB). Verstraete teaches cultural and media theory and has published books and articles on several topics related to mobility, space, and globalization in art, culture and media. Her recent research addresses the activist discourses in the cultural sector, especially the roles that artists and designers play in the urban Do-It-Yourself democracy.

Part of series:
Urbanism in Conflict: Cities, Conflict, and Contestation

Conflict is associated both with democratic politics and with hegemonic forms of violence. This seminar and lecture series will explore how antagonisms shape cities and citizenship, and how cities and citizenship are, in turn, shaped by antagonisms. We propose that “fractiousness” be considered as a mode of inhabiting cities—indeed, as a mode of citizenship—but also as potential a mode of eroding citizenship and urban fabric. Guest lecturers from a range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities will address issues ranging from participatory democracy and technologies of environmental justice to ethnic violence and migration.