SFU Urban Studies Fall 2016 lecture series. All events are FREE, but reservations are required.

October 4, 7 pm: Animals and the City

Room 4800, SFU Vancouver (Segal Building), 500 Granville St.

Speaker: Alexandru Balescu (and respondents)

Why is that so many people are much more likely to accept a radical other in a form of a pet, while rejecting or marginalizing a fellow human being only because she/he may look or act/perform slightly different? What is the parallel between the discourses on stray dogs, matters out of place, and social categories that are deemed marginal or undesirable? Why, to many among us, are stray dogs not acceptable while homelessness is?

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October 21, 7 pm: Book launch for What a City is for: Remaking the Politics of Displacement
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Vancouver (Woodward’s), 149 W. Hastings St.

Speakers: Author Matt Hern (and respondents)

Displacement and dispossessions are convulsing cities across the globe, becoming the dominant urban narratives of our time. In What a City Is For, Hern uses the case of Albina— the one major Black neighbourhood in Portland – as well as similar instances in New Orleans and Vancouver, to investigate gentrification in the twenty-first century. Hern questions the notions of development, private property, and ownership, arguing that home ownership drives inequality. How can we reimagine the city as a post-ownership, post-sovereign space?

Note: This event is full, but there may be a waiting list.

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October 27, 7 pm: Utopianism Panel
Room 7000, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre), 515 W. Hastings St.
Speakers: Frank Cunningham, Meg Holden, Trevor Boddy

A utopian/anti-utopian opposition persists today in virtually all domains of urban theory and practice with nuances and a variety of attempts to supersede it. The Urban Studies Program and the Humanities Institute are organizing a panel to initiate discussion on aspects of utopianism today with specific, but not exclusive, reference to its urban incarnations, including in the Lower Mainland. Themes may include the questions of whether and how utopian thinking informs contemporary theories and practices and, to the extent that it does, whether this is a good thing.

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November 16: Studentification and the impacts of education-led international immigrants
Room 1410, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre), 515 W. Hastings St.
Speakers: Qiyan Wu with respondents
In this talk Dr. Wu will discuss processes of studentification as a new feature and process of gentrification. Dr. Wu’s past work has examined Nanjing, one of China’s largest urban centres, and a process that Dr. Wu calls jiaoyufication. Dr. Wu takes the example of Nanjing and using theories of Bordieu and Smith, among other theorists, stretches his original studies to consider cities with large Chinese immigrant populations, such as Metro Vancouver and Manchester, and new processes of gentrification and displacement that are being instigated by various forms and configurations of studentification.

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November 24, 7 pm: Re-defining the Public in Public Libraries
Room 7000, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre), 515 W. Hastings St.
Speakers: Lisa Freeman

Dr. Lisa Freeman will discuss the changing role of public libraries in the context of urban governance. Public libraries in Canada are increasingly being compared to public spaces for multiple and diverse publics. In her work, Freeman asks how the publicness of the library is performed in the context of austerity measures and municipal governance. This research raises important questions about the role of citizen boards in governing changing public spaces in our cities. Frank Cunningham will respond to Freeman and instigate a discussion with her and the audience.