Tag: After Corona

  • Episode 31 – Multiple Crises and Radical Urban Research (AfterCorona #13)

    Episode 31 – Multiple Crises and Radical Urban Research (AfterCorona #13)

    Starting off from her latest agenda-setting article “What does it mean to be a radical urban scholar-activist, or activist scholar today?” published earlier this year in the relaunch issue of the journal CITY – analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action. It was published before the pandemic shock and the current wave of Black Lives…

  • Episode 30 – The Revolutionary Movements in Algeria and Lebanon (AfterCorona #12)

    Episode 30 – The Revolutionary Movements in Algeria and Lebanon (AfterCorona #12)

    This episode delves deep into the ongoing revolutionary movements in Algeria and Lebanon. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa and Rana Sukarieh provide us with a rich and inspiring account of developments, offering social-economic background to the events of the last two years, outlining the main contours of the political struggles in the two countries and drawing comparative insights.…

  • Episode 29 – Genealogies of Liveability (AfterCorona #11)

    Episode 29 – Genealogies of Liveability (AfterCorona #11)

    Nina Stener Jørgensen and Maroš Krivý offer us the broader picture of the contemporary urbanist discourse of liveability and Jan Gehl’s rise to prominence. In a tour de force, they walk us through Gehl’s original work within the Danish welfare state of the 1960s, his indebtedness to the contributions of his wife Ingrid, his rise…

  • Episode 28 – Urban Commonwealth (AfterCorona #10)

    Episode 28 – Urban Commonwealth (AfterCorona #10)

    On the basis of the book The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth, we discuss with Margaret Kohn her resuscitation of the early 20th century solidarist ideas and the links to the Lefebvrian notion of the right to the city. We challenge her on the question of scale and the role of the state in…

  • Episode 27 – Teaching and Learning in Urban Research (AfterCorona #9)

    Episode 27 – Teaching and Learning in Urban Research (AfterCorona #9)

    Robin Chang and Meg Holden discuss how the Covid-19 situation has disrupted teaching and learning practices in urban research, deepening existing and exposing new inequalities. They consider in particular the short and long term implications of on-going restrictions for experiential learning, what this means for urban research methods, drawing on concepts like discomfort and positing a notion of…

  • Episode 26 – Spatialities of Shock (AfterCorona #8)

    Episode 26 – Spatialities of Shock (AfterCorona #8)

    Reflecting on how shocks are applied as tools to further political agendas, Creighton Connolly, S. Harris Ali, and Roger Keil consider the implications for racialized inequalities and the Global South-North divide. Two months after the first conversation with out guests, at a moment when the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, Creighton, Harris, and Roger…

  • Episode 25 – Migration and Labour Struggles (AfterCorona #7)

    Episode 25 – Migration and Labour Struggles (AfterCorona #7)

    How is the pandemic affecting conditions of labour and migrant workers? How are Unions and other organisations reacting? In this wide-ranging and forensic discussion with Michelle Buckley (Toronto), Rajan Pandey (Bangalore) and Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay (Mohali) tell us about on-going struggles around mobility and labour in Canada and India. We hear about how the Indian state…

  • Episode 24 – Dark Clouds over Informal Settlements II: Responses to the Pandemic (AfterCorona #6)

    Episode 24 – Dark Clouds over Informal Settlements II: Responses to the Pandemic (AfterCorona #6)

    Reporting from Kenya and South Africa with Jethron Ayumba Akallah and Marie Huchzermeyer provide us with a detailed account of the coronavirus-pandemic in their context, the conditions within the informal settlements, the state approaches and the responses by civic organizations. Marie and Jethron share their perspective on the opportunities and threats of this situation and…

  • Episode 22 – Post-growth, Post-Covid? (AfterCorona #5)

    Episode 22 – Post-growth, Post-Covid? (AfterCorona #5)

    In the episode we speak to Viola Schulze Dieckhoff (Technical University of Dortmund, Germany) and Christian Lamker (University of Groningen, the Netherlands) about the paradigm of post-growth and its relation to cities. In particular we discussed the roots of this concept and movement in academia and beyond, what it means in terms of planning, living…

  • Episode 21 – Blaming Density (AfterCorona #4)

    Episode 21 – Blaming Density (AfterCorona #4)

    Is density really the key variable to explain the dynamics of the pandemic? Colin McFarlane takes a critical look at accounts that blame urban density for the drama that is unfolding in many cities. McFarlane discusses how racalized divisions are exacerbated in this situation and how new inequalities are produced. Considering Arundhati Roy’s metaphor of…

  • Episode 20 – Urban Logics of Action (AfterCorona #3)

    Episode 20 – Urban Logics of Action (AfterCorona #3)

    Drawing on insights from her latest book “Global Urban Politics”, Julie-Anne Boudreau puts the current response to the coronavirus in Mexico City and Montreal in a larger frame of understanding. She elaborates on the difference between urban and state logics of action and its importance to grasping the divergent situations. As a point of hope,…

  • Episode 19 – Inequalities of the Lockdown (AfterCorona #2)

    Episode 19 – Inequalities of the Lockdown (AfterCorona #2)

    Drawing on her understanding of community as an urban practice and her recent research on social and educational inequalities in Berlin, Talja Blokland underlines how the lockdown exacerbates inequalities in view of labor, education, and social capital. She presents her argument why digital media cannot replace the vital functions that social interactions in physical space…

  • Episode 17 – Digital Community Organizing (AfterCorona #1)

    Episode 17 – Digital Community Organizing (AfterCorona #1)

    In a moment of self-isolation and physical distancing, digital media promises ongoing civic deliberation and community organizing. Nathan Schneider helps us explore the role of social media for mutual aid and peer production in times of corona. He elaborates on the key decision we face between subscribing to corporate platforms and digital cooperatives that are…