Jubilee Lecture IBF 25 years anniversary

A jubilee Lecture to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Institute for Housing and Urban Research (IBF). The audience is invited to mingle after the lecture. The lecture will be held in English.

Racial Banishment - The Housing Question in Postcolonial America

Ananya Roy

Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography and The Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

DATE: 12 November at 15.15-17.00

LECTURE HALL: Brusewitz salen, Gamla torget
 

The audience is invited for mingle after the lecture. The lecture will be held in English. 

Collaboration with Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR) and the Department of Geography. 

Abstract

This talk is concerned with dispossession and displacement in the contemporary American metropolis. Eschewing familiar vocabularies of eviction and gentrification, I emphasize processes of state-instituted violence against targeted bodies and communities.  Conceptualizing such dispossession as racial banishment, I situate the contemporary housing question within the long histories of racial capitalism and a postcolonial critique of liberal democracy.

Biography

Ananya Roy is Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography and The Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is inaugural Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA, which promotes research and scholarship concerned with displacement and dispossession in Los Angeles and in cities around the world and seeks to build power to make social change. Ananya’s research and scholarship has a determined focus on poverty and inequality. Her work has focused on urban transformations and land grabs in the global South as well as on global capital and predatory financialization.

Her books include City Requiem, Calcutta: Gender and the Politics of Poverty; Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, South, Asia, and Latin America; Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being GlobalTerritories of Poverty: Rethinking North and South; and most recently, Encountering Poverty: Thinking and Acting in an Unequal World.  

Two research priorities are central to Ananya’s current commitments. First, she leads a National Science Foundation funded research network on Housing Justice in Unequal Cities. This network is concerned with advancing policies and programs that address housing precarity in Los Angeles as well as in other parts of the world. Second, she has been actively involved in scholarship about sanctuary cities and cities of refuge. 

As evident in her recent article, The City in the Age of Trumpism: From Sanctuary to Abolition, she seeks to expand practices of welcome and hospitality in order to take account of the long histories of settler-colonialism, imperialism, and slavery.