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Seeking spatial justice in Los Angeles: Why spatial? Why justice? Why now?
A lecture by Edward W. Soja, Professor of Urban Planning, School of Public
Affairs, University of California Los Angeles
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Cruciform LT1, Cruciform Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Introducing his new book, Seeking Spatial Justice, Edward Soja looks at
how explicitly spatial strategies and a new critical spatial consciousness
have infiltrated urban social movements and labor-community-university
coalition building in Los Angeles. Through such organizations as the Right
to the City Alliance, what has been happening in Los Angeles has been
spreading to London and other city-regions of the world as a mobilizing
force and a more concrete strategy for achieving social justice and
fundamental human rights. Soja builds his argument on the so-called spatial
turn and new discoveries about urban spatial causality and the stimulus of
urban agglomeration; as well as on the reinvigorated rallying power of
justice struggles (including workers justice and environmental justice) in
the contemporary world. Particular attention will be given to the role of
the university and especially departments of Urban Planning and Geography in
promoting coalition building and struggles for transforming the unjust
geographies in which we live.
Edward W. Soja is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at the School of
Public Affairs, University of California Los Angeles, and for many years was
Centennial Visiting Professor in the Cities Programme, London School of Economics.
He is the author of Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical
Theory, Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and Other Real-and-Imagined Places, and Postmetropolis: Critical Studies of Cities and Regions.
His lecture is sponsored by the journal CITY: ANALYSIS OF URBAN TRENDS,
CULTURE, THEORY, POLICY, ACTION and UCL Urban Laboratory.
No reservation required, first come, first serve basis.
University College London, Urban Laboratory
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