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Comparative urbanism has been proposed as an important way of both interrogating the generalizability of urban theory and attending to specific cultural and historical contexts. This seminar focuses on urban social movements as an analytical lens, and asks how this concept might aid the comparison of geographically, historically, and culturally diverse contexts.

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Date 17 April 2018
Time 15:00 - 17:00

By bringing perspectives from different regions to bear on a number of central urban themes, the Critical Comparative Urbanism seminar series explores the value of such a comparative approach for our understanding of both specific urban contexts and global urbanisms. Each seminar brings together two speakers with shared thematic expertise based on urban cases from different regions. The speakers in this seminar will focus on urban social movements. 

During the seminar, both speakers present their research on social movements in one specific urban case study. Afterwards, they enter into a dialogue with eachother and the audience to explore the conceptual and practical (im)possibilities of comparison between, and theorization through, different urban cases.


Mona Harb is Professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the American University of Beirut. Her previous research examined Hizballah's social and urban service provision as well as the socio-spatial practices of urban leisure in south Beirut. She is now working on two projects: one on local and regional governments, planning policies and public goods provision, and the other on youth mobilization and exclusion in Lebanon.

Justus Uitermark is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. His research is located at the intersection of urban studies and political sociology. Uitermark has published books and articles on a variety of subjects, including gentrification, state theory, social movements and urban governance. His books include Dynamics of Power in Dutch Integration Politics (Amsterdam University Press, 2012) and Cities and Social Movements (with Walter Nicholls, Wiley, 2017).


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