We had a full house for our first event. Actually, it was an overly full house, with people standing too. It was a great start to the public activities of the Cities and Globalization Working Group. At the launch, which took place on Wednesday, November 14th, Tony Samara welcomed everyone and laid out a framework for studying cities and globalization. He talked virtually from Oakland through Skype. Johanna Bockman was the master of ceremonies. Many of our working group members then presented their work:
- Amit Patel, School of Public Policy, on tracking slum formation dynamics with GIS
- Katie Kerstetter, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, on community governance in Virginia
- Rashmi Sadana, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, on the cultural geographies of Delhi
- Dana Dolan, School of Public Policy, on climate change and governance in the U.S. and Australia
- Johanna Bockman, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, on neoliberalism in Washington, DC
- Robert Fenton and Josh Tuttle, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, on brain flows
- Tony Samara, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, on emerging spatial, social, and political forms from the U.S. to New Delhi, Cape Town, and Shanghai
We then opened the event to comments, questions, and suggestions from the audience. It was an exciting discussion that ended only because we ran out of time. After the formal event, the discussions excitedly continued. The event was co-sponsored with the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University, a great resource for all things global.
We look forward to our future events. In the spring semester, we’re inviting a prominent urban scholar. And very soon, on Monday, December 3rd @12-1:30pm, we’ll have a regular working group meeting and a discussion of an article by Ananya Roy. Those interested in cities and globalization are invited to join us.