New Urban Politics and the Right To The City

WEBINAR SERIES: Bending Toward Justice: Building Power for a Post-Pandemic Future

WHEN:
Thursday, April 23, 6:30pm8:00pm
 

The Urban Democracy Lab invites you to join us for a webinar series between April 7 and 17, 2020 to discuss the ways in which our activist and scholarly partners are responding to the immediate needs of the precariously housed, laborers, and our immigrant neighbors in the midst of the current public health crisis. Just as importantly, we will talk about how this process of organizing and mutual aid is building widespread power to envision and act upon a shared, collective, more just future in our cities.

 

Please RSVP for the following events. Unless otherwise noted, you will receive a webinar link only if you RSVP.

 

Tuesday, April 7, 6:30-8pm: “Housing Justice” with Cea Weaver (Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance), Oksana Mironova (Community Service Society), and a member of the Crown Heights Tenant Union. Co-sponsored with the Departments of Labor and Urban Studies, School of Labor and Urban Studies/CUNY. RSVP HERE

 

Tuesday, April 14, 7-9pm: “Urban Warfare: Housing Justice Under a Global Pandemic” with Raquel Rolnik (University of São Paulo, former UN Rapporteur on Adequate Housing), Daniel Aldana Cohen (University of Pennsylvania), and Cea Weaver (Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance). Co-sponsored by NYC-DSA, Verso Books, and the Departments of Labor and Urban Studies, School of Labor and Urban Studies/CUNY. RSVP HERE

 

Thursday, April 16, 6:30-8pm: “Labor Justice” with Mohamed Attia (Street Vendor Project), Ilana Berger (Hand in Hand Domestic Employers Network), and Jonathan Fostjak Bailey (Amazonians United). Co-sponsored with the Departments of Labor and Urban Studies, School of Labor and Urban Studies/CUNY. RSVP HERE

 

Thursday, April 23, 6:30-8pm: “Justice for Immigrants” with Aamnah Khan (DRUM: Desis Rising Up and Moving and Arts & Democracy), Victor Monterossa, Jr. (Covenant House, New Jersey and Immigrant Workers for a Just Response), Elizabeth R. OuYang (Civi Rights Attorney, Advocate, and Eductor) and Paula Chakravartty (NYU Gallatin and NYU Sanctuary Coalition). Co-sponsored with the Departments of Labor and Urban Studies, School of Labor and Urban Studies/CUNY. RSVP HERE

 

New York University and Gallatin provide reasonable accommodations to people living with disabilities who wish to attend events at the School. For every event, Gallatin staff will be on hand to assist guests. Please note that the entrance at 715 Broadway is wheelchair accessible. To request accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, assistive listening devices, or large print programs, or should you have questions regarding accessibility for an event, please contact Gallatin’s Office of Special Events by emailing events.gallatin@nyu.edu or by calling 212-992-6328. Should you need an accommodation, we ask that you send your request as early as possible so that we have time to fulfill your request.

 

Urban Humanities and Their Publics Events

COVID Citizenship: A Gallatin Coffeehouse on Solidarity, Democracy, and Pandemic

WHEN:
Monday, April 6, 6:30pm8:00pm
 

Please join NYU Gallatin and the Urban Democracy Lab via Zoom for COVID Citizenship, a Gallatin Coffeehouse. Our conversation will consider pressing questions that have been brought about by the coronavirus outbreak in the US, including examining if a public health crisis changes what we owe to other members of our society. How might this moment mobilize people to demand new and different things from the government? How can we organize politically when we have to keep six feet apart? Join Gallatin’s Becky AmatoGianpaolo Baiocchi, and Jacob Remes and the School of Global Public Health’s Mari Armstrong-Hough for an informal discussion. Open only to Gallatin students.

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New Urban Politics and the Right To The City Place, Displacement, & The Politics of Housing Events

WEBINAR: Urban Warfare: Housing Justice Under a Global Pandemic

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00pm9:00pm
 

The COVID-19 Pandemic has exposed how tenuous life is for working class and poor people in wealthy countries like the United States. As record numbers of people file for unemployment, we are likely to see a tidal wave of displacement. While the federal stimulus package favors corporate bailouts, tenants are demanding rent cancellation. Calls for rent strikes have grown throughout the country as tenants organize their buildings to collectively withhold payments. Unaffordable rents, a homelessness epidemic, and decaying public housing have long been the reality of American cities, and now as the economy goes into crisis, the battle over the future of land and housing has become more pitched than ever.

In her recent book Urban Warfare: Housing Under the Empire of Finance, Raquel Rolnik of the University of São Paulo, a former planning official in Brazil and former UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, tells the story of how finance reoriented housing from a social policy objective to a business opportunity. Real estate has colonized the world, provoking mass displacement, poverty, and environmental destruction. While the profit-driven model of housing marches toward a new crisis, social movements all over the world are waging a common struggle for housing justice.

Join NYC-DSA, Verso Books, the Urban Democracy Lab, and others for a discussion of the origins and limits of this housing model in this time of crisis, and how working people can fight back to win decent housing and a liveable future for all. Dr. Rolnik will discuss these topics with Daniel Aldana-Cohen, co-author of A Planet to Win, Why We Need a Green New Deal and Director of the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative at the University of Pennsylvania, who will discuss why a Green Stimulus and a Green New Deal is necessary to overcome this crisis and how it can empower both housing and climate activists. With presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders supporting activist demands for a Homes Guarantee and a Green New Deal, Housing Justice for All campaign coordinator Cea Weaver will moderate a discussion on what it will take to achieve such transformational change.

This event will be held online via Zoom. Please register at the link.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED (Due March 1): Doctoral Fellowship in Urban Practice

WHEN:
Sunday, March 1, 12:00am12:00am
 

The Doctoral Fellowship in Urban Practice, sponsored by the Urban Democracy Lab (UDL) at NYU Gallatin, provides an outstanding opportunity for emerging scholars to participate in innovative community-engaged, practice-based research projects that expand their perspective beyond the university and promote systemic social change and action.   

 

Application deadline: March 1, 2020

 

Why apply?

  • Fellowship funding for an entire academic year (September 2020 to May 2021)
  • Substantive experience designing and conducting engaged research with a community partner under the mentorship of a senior faculty member
  • An opportunity to propose and teach your own undergraduate course at NYU Gallatin
  • Participation in a thriving, interdisciplinary community of scholars at the Urban Democracy Lab

Funding

  • Base salary expected to be at least $28,850. 
  • Coverage of Maintenance of Matriculation, related fees, and health insurance, if needed. 
  • Additional compensation for teaching (at adjunct rates)
  • Up to $500 for travel and research expenses

Eligibility

Applicants must be advanced PhD students in good standing (ABD) in any social science or humanities discipline at NYU who are in the early stages of writing the dissertation. Fellows will be expected to be in residence at NYU Washington Square for the duration. We expect to offer two Doctoral Fellowships in Urban Practice in 2020-2021.

Interested?

For more information and a link to the application, visit https://urbandemos.nyu.edu/fellowships/doctoral-fellowship-in-urban-practice/ or contact the Urban Democracy Lab at urbandemos@nyu.edu

 

AND DON’T FORGET TO WATCH OUR FELLOWSHIP VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/X9oGVo-CgZ8

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New Urban Politics and the Right To The City

POSTPONED: Discard Studies Collaborative Conference 2020

WHERE:
1 Washington Place
New York NY, USA
 

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. 

Exploring Disposal’s Past, Present, and Future

April 23-25, 2020

Keynote address by
BRENDA CHALFIN
University of Florida 

Plenary address by
SAMANTHA MACBRIDE
The City University of New York

And a special Albert Gallatin Lecture and exhibition of the work of

MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES
Artist-in-Residence at the New York City Department of Sanitation
Lecturer, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem

Conference Description:

Over the past decade, there has been an explosion of research that focuses on waste and the larger social, political, and economic processes that render certain objects, practices, and populations disposable. Research in this field has questioned the hegemony of recycling (MacBride 2011), traced the colonial effects of pollution (Liboiron 2017), and examined the often-neglected work of waste laborers (Fredericks 2018; Nagle 2013). This emergent scholarship is coalescing under the interdisciplinary field of Discard Studies which is driven by the question how, why, and to whom do waste, discards, and disposal matter? (Moore 2012). Discard Studies has inspired new avenues of inquiry in diverse areas of scholarship including the history of capitalism, aesthetics and design, urbanization, colonialism, language and power, environmental justice, and social movements and social change.

Greater academic attention to discards has, in large part, been driven by waste’s increasing importance in everyday politics and life. From environmental justice struggles against transnational toxic dumping regimes (Lepawsky 2018) and campaigns to reduce single use plastics, to social movements mobilizing human waste to interrupt state repression (McFarlane and Silver 2016), waste and its management are problems that are at the heart of contemporary debates about how to deal with rapid and unprecedented environmental change and further projects of social justice.

Building on this important moment in which waste and disposability have garnered increased attention, the Discard Studies Collaborative at New York University will host a conference to both take stock of work done under the broad label of Discard Studies and discuss the future of the readily emerging field. This conference will take place around themes familiar to discardians including labor, urban and environmental governance, and protest while also asking how Discard Studies might incorporate new and urgent issues such as anthropogenic environmental change in a world structured by colonial, racialized, gendered and classed violence.

The conference will take place over three days commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, from April 23-25, 2020 at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. It will bring together new and established scholars working on discards and related themes to evaluate the state of this emergent field and identify new directions for future research.

For details on schedule, speakers, and registration, please go to: https://wp.nyu.edu/thediscardstudiescollaborative/discard-studies-conference/

 

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Place, Displacement, & The Politics of Housing

POSTPONED: Recasting Selves: A Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Lalit Vachani

WHERE:
1 Washington Place
Room 701
 

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. STAY TUNED FOR A NEW DATE.  

Set at CREST (the Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation) in Kozhikode, Kerala – Recasting Selves documents the “soft skills’” training of Dalit and Adivasi post-graduate students in a sensitive and nurturing campus environment as preparation for their employment in the new Indian economy. As a progressive institution combating caste inequalities, CREST has trained over 1200 students and professionals from marginalized communities in Kerala. But how politicized or politically aware is the ‘recast self’? Filmed in February and April 2016 – a few months after Rohith Vemula’s suicide in Hyderabad, the students are initially forced to confront their own identity and a history of discrimination in the context of Vemula’s tragic death. Matters come to a climax when the CREST students research and select the theme of the semester ending play. Will they choose to do a play that exposes caste discrimination around Rohit Vemula’s suicide? Or will they select one that expresses their fears about ‘Bengali’ migration to Kerala? In this choice of play subject and its ensuing debate, lie signs and markers about power, livelihood and identity politics. And the silence around issues of caste in Kerala.

The screening will be followed by a conversation between filmmaker Lalit Vachani and Prof. Ritty Lukose (NYU Gallatin)

Main Credits:

Direction, Script and Editing: Lalit Vachani

Research and Concept: Sanjay Srivastava

Production and 2nd shoot Direction: Priya Sen

Camera: Syed Husain Akbar

Location Sound: Godly Timo Koshy

Executive Producer: Srirupa Roy

A Wide Eye Film for ICAS: MPMade with the support the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), University of Göttingen and the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Urban Democracy Lab, South Asia @ NYU, the Center for Media, Culture & History, and the Gallatin Human Rights Initiative.

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Events

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOV. 18: Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice

WHEN:
Monday, November 18, 11:59pmTuesday, November 19, 12:00am
 

The Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice (GGFUP), which is managed by the Urban Democracy Lab, provides funding of up to $5,000 and support for 6-10 advanced undergraduate and Master’s students to pursue extended, community-engaged, practice-based research projects in partnership with urban social justice organizations in New York, Madrid, Chicago, Jackson, MS, and Berlin.

Based on a vision of sharing resources, producing practical scholarly research, and self-reflexively critiquing systems of power and privilege, this fellowship is built upon established long-term partnerships with community-based organizations. Each research project is co-designed by the host organization with faculty mentors and GGFUP fellows.

Read more about the fellowship, including Frequently Asked Questions, the fellowship web site, and details on how to apply by clicking on the RSVP block below.

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New York University and Gallatin provide reasonable accommodations to people living with disabilities who wish to attend events at the School. For every event, Gallatin staff will be on hand to assist guests. Please note that the entrance at 715 Broadway is wheelchair accessible. To request accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, assistive listening devices, or large print programs, or should you have questions regarding accessibility for an event, please contact Gallatin’s Office of Special Events by emailing events.gallatin@nyu.edu or by calling 212-992-6328. Should you need an accommodation, we ask that you send your request as early as possible so that we have time to fulfill your request.

 

Urban Humanities and Their Publics Urban Listeners Events

Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route

WHERE:
322 Union Avenue
Brooklyn NY, USA
WHEN:
Sunday, November 17, 7:30pm10:30pm
 

Pam Sporn’s Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route explores the rise, demise and contested resurgence of America’s “motor city” through a multi-generational choir of voices who reside in mail carrier Wendell Watkins’ work route. Archival footage and oral histories convey the impetus behind the African American migration up north to push against the boundaries of racial and economic segregation. The testimonials of Wendell’s neighbors and friends shed light on the impacts of redlining and the fight for housing justice, the legacy of industrial and political disinvestment, the fragility of Black home-ownership as impacted by the mortgage and financial crisis, and a confluence of events and failed policies that resulted in Detroit’s bankruptcy. Blamed for Detroit’s devastation but determined to survive, the resilient community offers creative solutions to re-imagine a more inclusive and equitable city.

Screening to be followed by discussion with the following:

Pam Sporn, Bronx based documentary filmmaker, educator, and activist

Rolando Guzman, Deputy Director for Community Preservation with St. Nick’s Alliance

Sybil Newton Cooksey, Scholar of afro-diasporic cultural history

 

This event is part of the Urban Democracy Lab’s participation in 400 Years of Inequality, observing the 400th Anniversary of the arrival in 1619 at Jamestown of the first Africans to be sold into bondage

 

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New York University and Gallatin provide reasonable accommodations to people living with disabilities who wish to attend events at the School. For every event, Gallatin staff will be on hand to assist guests. Please note that the entrance at 715 Broadway is wheelchair accessible. To request accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, assistive listening devices, or large print programs, or should you have questions regarding accessibility for an event, please contact Gallatin’s Office of Special Events by emailing events.gallatin@nyu.edu or by calling 212-992-6328. Should you need an accommodation, we ask that you send your request as early as possible so that we have time to fulfill your request.

 

Urban Humanities and Their Publics Events

BIG WALK: Long Island City

WHERE:
Hunters Point South NYC Ferry Landing
2nd Street
Long Island City, NY , USA
WHEN:
Saturday, September 28, 10:00am3:00pm
 

Join Gallatin professors Louise Harpman and Becky Amato as we explore Long Island City, Queens, for the 9th annual BIG WALK.

We will be thinking together about the deep past (glaciers!), recent past (mass manufacturing!), and future of LIC (art, design, architecture, development, and clean waterways!) Please join us and our roster of amazing guests.

The BIG WALK, sponsored by NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Urban Democracy Lab, is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.

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New York University and Gallatin provide reasonable accommodations to people living with disabilities who wish to attend events at the School. For every event, Gallatin staff will be on hand to assist guests. Please note that the entrance at 715 Broadway is wheelchair accessible. To request accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, assistive listening devices, or large print programs, or should you have questions regarding accessibility for an event, please contact Gallatin’s Office of Special Events by emailing events.gallatin@nyu.edu or by calling 212-992-6328. Should you need an accommodation, we ask that you send your request as early as possible so that we have time to fulfill your request.