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Neoliberal Urbanism: Artful Alternatives?

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Author: Peck, Jamie
What does it mean to say that cities like Vancouver have taken a “neoliberal” turn, embracing market-oriented policies while paying little more than lip service to questions of social welfare, affordability, and environmental sustainability? Does the embrace of “creativity” really hold the promise of an alternative path, or does it threaten more of the same? Exploring these questions, Jamie Peck will chart the rise of the neoliberal city, calling attention to its mutations, its limits, and to its alternatives.Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography at UBC. An economic geographer with interests in labour studies, urban theory, and the politics of globalization, his publications include Constructions of Neoliberal Reason and the co-edited collection, Contesting Neoliberalism: Urban Frontiers.
This project is co-presented with the SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the SFU Institute for the Humanities, and is supported through the BC Arts Council’s Arts-Based Community Development Program.Spaces of Contestation: Art, Activism and the City is a series of talks, curated by Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, presented by SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, the SFU Institute for the Humanities, and UNIT/PITT Projects. The series is part of a multi-layered project researching the aesthetic and conceptual overlap existing between strategies for participatory performance and activist self-organized demonstrations (presented as part of UNIT/PITT Projects 2013-14 programming year). Realized through a series of discursive events, site-specific performances, an exhibition and print publications, this project seeks to establish connections between artistic and activist actions in urban space, and initiate dialogue about the transformative potential of these types of interventions on the urban experience through the creation temporary communities and alternative subject positions.
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