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Collective operations in urban settings - AbdouMaliq Simone

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As part of the Global Development Institute Lecture Series Prof AbdouMaliq Simone discusses collective operations in urban settings.

Despite a flood of knowledge, urban residents increasingly do not know where they are. It’s not a matter of geographical illiteracy or social confusion. Rather, the complexities of urban environments mean that a kind of darkness prevails, with residents unable to come up with a coherent working narrative for their feelings and situations.

Prof Simone will explore the ways in which residents, particularly in Jakarta and Hyderabad, deal with this darkness, where countervailing realities all seem to be equally possible; where the haphazard and brazenly opportunistic expansions of built environments reaffirm or cultivate interiors of care, of people looking out for each other.

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Collective operations in urban settings - AbdouMaliq Simone

  1. 1. Global Development Institute Lecture Series co-hosted by Manchester Urban Institute #GDILecture @GlobalDevInst @UoMUrban
  2. 2. Julie Mehretu An Urban Tissue of Endurance: collective operations in the looming darkness
  3. 3. Kara Walker
  4. 4. Kimberly M. Becoat
  5. 5. Compression: neither the powerful or the weak; neither one thing or another, but a withdrawal from distinction. The generic is a possibility in every imaginable form. It is never in a direct relationship with anything else. It declines both affinity and distinction. As such it cannot affix itself to particular urban forms through direct causality, reciprocity and exchange. Irreducible to any particular instrumentality. It always shows up in “strange” ways, turns the expected into something recognizable but always “off”, weird.
  6. 6. Jorge Tacla
  7. 7. Kalibata City Photos: Rika Febriyani
  8. 8. Global Development Institute Lecture Series co-hosted by Manchester Urban Institute #GDILecture @GlobalDevInst @UoMUrban
  9. 9. The Global Development Institute Lecture Series Wednesday 29 November 5.00-6.30pm Theatre A, Roscoe Building Collective action, inequality and development Prof William Ferguson Grinnell College

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