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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
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).
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
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.
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