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Spatial Justice lecture by Ed Soja

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Spatial Justice lecture by Ed Soja

Time: November 23, 2010 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: UCL London
Street: Cruciform LT1, Cruciform Building, UCL, Gower Street
City/Town: London WC1E 6 BT
Event Type: lecture
Organized By: UCL
Latest Activity: Nov 9, 2010

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Seeking spatial justice in Los Angeles: Why spatial? Why justice? Why now?
A lecture by Edward W. Soja, Professor of Urban Planning, School of Public Affairs, University of California Los Angeles

Tuesday, 23 November 2010, 6.30pm, Cruciform LT1, Cruciform Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Introducing his new book, Seeking Spatial Justice, Edward Soja looks at how explicitly spatial strategies and a new critical spatial consciousness has infiltrated urban social movements and labor-community-university coalition building in Los Angeles. Through such organizations as the Right to the City Alliance, what has been happening in Los Angeles has been spreading to London and other city-regions of the world as a mobilizing force and a more concrete strategy for achieving social justice and fundamental human rights. Soja builds his argument on the so-called spatial turn and new discoveries about urban spatial causality and the stimulus of urban agglomeration; as well as on the reinvigorated rallying power of justice struggles (including workers justice and environmental justice) in the contemporary world. Particular attention will be given to the role of the university and especially departments of Urban Planning and Geography in promoting coalition building and struggles for transforming the unjust geographies in which we live.

Edward W. Soja is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at the School of Public Affairs, University of California Los Angeles, and for many years was Centennial Visiting Professor in the Cities Programme, London School of Economics. He is the author of Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Theory, Thirdspace: Journeys to Los Angeles and Other Real-and-Imagined Places, and Postmetropolis: Critical Studies of Cities and Regions.

His lecture is sponsored by the Journal CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action and UCL Urban Laboratory.

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