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Colloquium for urban graduate students
The Marketisation of Evictions and the Smokescreen of Compensation: Compensated and 'Silent' Evictions at Kisumu Airport, Kenya.
This presentation considers how old modes of dispossession (forced evictions) are increasingly transposed and obscured by compensated and 'silent' evictions in the context of 21st century Kenya. The talk is based on research conducted into forced evictions at Kisumu airport which occurred in 2009. The case will be made that compensation based on a market-equivalence in value can often provide a self-legitimising tool for the injustices it ultimately conceals. The research also highlights how the administration and distribution of compensation needs to be considered not as a benign act of governance but rather as an active political technique, used to subdue and control the population.
University of Stuttgart/Middlesex University
Urban Health Games
Urban research has only just begun to look into environmental causes for chronic conditions such as obesity and type-2 diabetes. Studies into "obesogenic environments" suggest strong correlations between the walkability of a living area, the amount of fast food restaurants or layouts of supermarkets and one's health.
Stadtkollquium is an interdisciplinary academic forum organised by UCL's Urban Laboratory. It aims to encourage the dissemination and discussion of PhD level urban research in a friendly and constructive atmosphere by providing open and informal outlets in which to air theoretical, practical and methodological questions and issues amongst peer PhD students across departments and universities. It hopes to generate lively round-table discussion on diverse urban questions across disciplines including but not limited to, Geography, Architecture, Anthropology, Literature, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, History, Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, Fine Arts, Planning, and Engineering.
Besides organising and hosting annual workshop events Stadtkolloquium also runs individual colloquia and feedback sessions, hosts reading groups, encourages the sharing of event details and reference materials and aims to foster collaborative projects.
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