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 conflict shapes cities and citizenship, and how cities and citizenship are, in turn, shaped by conflict. We propose that conflict be considered as a mode of inhabiting cities—indeed, as a mode of citizenship—but also as potentially a mode of eroding citizenship and urban fabric through both violent and non-violent means. Guest lecturers from a range of disciplines in the social sciences will address how issues ranging from participatory democracy and environmental justice to ethnic violence and migration reshape cities. The roster of guest lecturers includes renowned representatives from the following fields: Critical geography, urban politics, architectural research, heritage studies and Black studies.