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Postneoliberalism

UCL Urban Laboratory and UCL Sustainable Cities Grand Challenge would like to invite you to join us for a workshop on Postneoliberalism.

Friday 3 December, 1pm-6pm
Venue: TBC


For some time now the trajectories of city development and urban politics has been interpreted through the lens of neoliberalism. Critiques of urban neoliberalism have dominated interpretations of economic policies, social welfare and sustainability agendas. Neo-Marxist and regulationist accounts of neoliberalisation, while sophisticated, suggest that despite great variety and hybridity policy circuits provide a site for invention and experimentation in search of consistent growth paths for a crisis-ridden capitalism (Brenner et al, 2010). Alternative neo-Deleuzian narratives seek to disarticulate these associations between capitalism and policy, preferring to see neoliberal ideas and technologies as more free-floating elements, available for reassembling alongside a wide range of processes shaping urban outcomes (Ong, forthcoming).

This workshop will seek to move the debate on by focussing on possible lines of analysis beyond neoliberalism. Instead we will begin with the acknowledgement that the different processes with which broadly neoliberal ideas and governmental technologies are interwoven might produce outcomes which no longer reference neoliberalism in any meaningful way (Robinson and Parnell, forthcoming). Instead these might be strongly aligned with social democratic, developmental and national-patriotic ambitions, for example - as Larner (2000), Ferguson (2007) and Hoffman (2009) respectively argue.

Apparently neoliberalising transformations in urban governance might instead require us to theorise the ambitions of the state more closely, to understand how subjects shape and reframe forms of governance directly, and to see new forms of rule as emerging from the contradictions and contestations of pre-existing political forms (Barnett, 2010; Clarke, 2008).

The workshop will involve:

1.      Pre-circulating the 8-10 key readings which establish this agenda -
         these should be read in advance of the meeting.
2.      Short contributions from some of the participants (Larner, Hoffman,
         Barnett, Robinson, Rydin)
3.      Small group work to establish key lines of urban analysis beyond
         neoliberalism
4.      Plenary discussion to consider a short collective output from the
         discussion and to explore possible research agendas

Please let me know if you are able to accept the invitation.

Please email Marianne Knight (UCL Sustainable Cities Grand Challenge Co-Ordinator) know if you are interested in attending.

The meeting will begin with lunch at 1pm and will conclude with a meeting at 6.15pm of the Urban Salon (A London Forum for International Architecture and Urbanism) at which Lisa Hoffman will be speaking, and Wendy Larner will be discussant.

www.theurbansalon.org

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