One day symposium & film screening
What are the forms and practices of contemporary urban resistance? What tactics are being deployed to disrupt the priorities of austerity? To what degree did propositions such as ‘free enterprise zones’, ‘urban acupuncture’, ‘city branding’, or ‘creative city’ develop from alternative strategies and tactics which were originally formulated as forms of resistance or social alternatives in the 1970s? Does the demand for citizen empowerment and localism strengthen neoliberal forces by the weakening of the state? Does the post-political condition offer opportunities for more representative and effective urban governance or does it threaten ideas of redistribution and equality?