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CANCELLED - Urban Mutualism: claiming space within displacement

When: Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: Online, Ms Teams

Speaker: Professor Suzanne Hall (London School of Economics)

Mobile People Events Series

Join Professor Suzanne Hall (London School of Economics) who will discuss how various forms of displacement reveal the brutal effects of sovereignty and capitalism and how claims to the street struggle against them.

How different forms of displacement map onto one another reveals the layered bordering that emerges in the brutal overlaps of sovereignty and capitalism. Streets in the de-industrialised peripheries of UK cities provide a lively space to think about multiple regimes of displacement and their violent affect. From one such street in south London, I explore the racialised displacement of citizenship, of secure work, and of affordable space.  Rather than focus on the discrete act of crossing a border, I center my argument on the fluid and unpredictable environment of bordering in which migrants claim a space. The street is also a place from which to push back, to refute the terms of exclusion, and to re-configure life and livelihood. In this talk I engage with the social and spatial improvisation of urban mutualisms along Rye Lane and the unheroic and vital arrangements of belonging together. 

About the speaker

Professor Suzanne Hall is Associate Professor in Sociology in Department of Sociology, London School of Economics. She is an interdisciplinary urban scholar. Her work connects the asymmetries of global migration and urban marginalisation. From the grounded perspective of peripheral street economies, she explores the racialised frameworks of citizenship and economic inequality and their everyday contestations. By moving between globe, state and street, she studies the margins as a capricious space in which social sorting, cultural intermixtures and claims to difference are forged. She is the author of The Migrant’s Paradox (2021) and City, Street, Citizen (2012).

The chair

Professor Engin Isin will chair the seminar

About Mobile People

This event forms part of the Mobile People programme of work. It is a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarship programme at Queen Mary University of London, Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Politics and International Relations. For more information please visit IHSS Ongoing projects page. 


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