The Global Urban Studies Program presents:
Oct. 15-16, 2010
MSU Union, Room Gold B
In a rapidly urbanizing world marked by inequity and crises, housing has long raised questions about justice, livability, and governance. Yet despite a wave of recent scholarship and heightened public interest in the subject following the global financial crisis, analysts have been unable to satisfactorily engage with the multiple forces and meanings that constitute home and city. This project seeks to grapple with these problems though an exploration of the material and social infrastructures of urban housing. An interdisciplinary dialogue, the conference draws on perspectives from architecture, sociology, anthropology, history, geography, and urban planning in order to shed new light on the tensions and possibilities entailed in the evolution of home in modern urban society.
Keynote Address: Friday, Oct. 15, 4:00-5:30 PM, Friday
Dr. James Holston (University of California, Berkeley), author of Insurgent Citizenship: Disjunctions of Democracy and Modernity in Brazil and The Modernist City: An Anthropological Critique of Brasilia
For information on panels, participants, and scheduling, see: http://infrastructuresconference.wordpress.com/
Further questions: Contact Dr. Edward Murphy (History and Global Urban Studies, MSU), firstname.lastname@example.org