Co-Organizer. Speaker Series in Cultural Anthropology. November 30, 2012 - July 1, 2013


Other ; Rebel Cities is a year long speaker series focused on cities of the south, primarily in Africa and Asia. Following David Harvey’s recent book of the same title, the series is guided by the dual imperatives of understanding cities both as sites of surplus production and contestation over the redistribution and redeployment of surplus value. At the same time, the urban centers of the southern hemisphere suggest a whole array of alternative framings of the question of capital, its uneven and bumpy flows, and the protest politics that might arise from the rampant inequalities inherent to the creation of surplus. But beyond that, southern cities seem somehow “rebellious” not only for the reasons already suggested, but theoretically rebel as well. They are somehow uncategorizable within the taken-for-granted terms of Euro-American theories of the urban, urbane and metropolitan. What then would an urban theory from the south look like? What considerations of populations, practices of making-do, cultural production, negotiations of value, life and livelihood encompass the nature of cities as physical inscriptions of those very processes and practices? This is the matter at hand and hopefully the source of much productive discussion during the course of this academic year.

Service Performed By


  • Co-Organizer


  • November 30, 2012 - July 1, 2013

Service or Event Name

  • Speaker Series in Cultural Anthropology

Location or Venue

  • Cultural Anthropology Department