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The Power Struggle over Urban Space: Spatial Violence and (In)Justice

As Edward Said (1994, p. 6) once said, “none of us is completely free from the struggle over geography” and this struggle over geography “is not only about soldiers and cannons but also about ideas, about forms, about images and imaginings” (Said, 1994, p. 6). Urban space per se is an area of this struggle through the practice of production of space (Lefebvre, 1992). As recently we have been experiencing globally, the control over urban space creates (1) the practices of power struggle such as the increase in appropriation-by-dispossession (Harvey, 1985) in urban space and the struggles over urban commoning; (2) symbolic or physical violence such as the exclusion of vulnerable groups from public space through hostile architecture and people’s solidarity against those practices; and (3) (in)justices such as forced displacements and the global movement of refugees welcome to support the displaced.

In wake of these practices, this session aims to discuss the contemporary power struggle over geography through practices of the spatial (symbolic or physical) violence and spatial (in)justices. The tensions created by attempts of controlling over urban space and its production practices will particularly be focused.

Harvey, D., 1985. The Urbanisation of Capital: Studies in the History and Theory of Capitalist Urbanisation. John Hopkins University Press.

Lefebvre, H., 1992. The Production of Space. Wiley.

Said, E.W., 1994. Culture and Imperialism. Random House.

This session will be lead by Bilge Serin. It will take place on Wednesday 24th May at 12:15, Room WA132 (William Arrow Building, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh)