May 17: Displacement, resettlement and the right to place-making – Open lecture with Ipsita Chatterjee

Welcome to this open lecture with Ipsita Chatterjee, associate professor in human geography at University of North Texas.

When: May 17, 10.15-12.00
Where: Room 7-0042, Engelska parken

The talk will explore how displacement has become the central mechanism for urban exploitation in the global south. While “gentrification,” “urban revitalization,” “urban renewal,” are useful concepts revealing the processes through which neoliberal capital reshapes the city in the global south–a process often described as “Manhattanization” and “Shanghaiization, yet, little intellectual energy is spent on actually theorizing displacement and life after displacement.

What does it mean to live under the bulldozer? What does it mean to know that the ‘right to place making’ is fleeting? What does it mean to have to constantly move for the sake of ‘urban development’? What does it mean to resist and stay-put? And, what does it mean to have no control over resettlement? Using the case study of a river front development project in an Indian city, this talk attempts to conceptualize displacement, re-settlement, and the urban accumulation process by bringing together Marx and Lefebvre. Although, the talk explores a case study of intra-urban displacement, the conceptual contributions are intended towards understanding capitalism, urbanization, and displacement as the reality of our existence.

The lecture is a collaboration between Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, One People International, CEMUS, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Department of Theology,
Department of Economic History, Department of Social and Economic Geography, CEMFOR & IBF.