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Lidová žižkovská univerzita (LŽU) pořádá přednášku profesora geografie Erika Swyngedouwa (anglicky)

Abstract: Over the summer of 2013, the Taksim Square revolt in Istanbul and the Brazilian urban insurgencies rocked the established urban order, with still uncertain and largely unpredictable outcomes. Meanwhile Rumanian activists mobilised Occupy!-type tactics to fight against socio-environmental destruction and the pending further privatization of the country's medical services. These urban rebellions were the latest in a long sequence of political insurgencies dating back to Mohamed Bouazizi's self-immolation on 17 December 2010, which ignited the Tunisian revolution. These have been sparked off by a variety of conditions and unfolded against the backdrop of very different historical and geographical contexts, but there is an uncanny choreographic affinity between the eruptions of discontent in heterogeneous cities. The end of history proved to be remarkably short-lived as incipient political movements staged, albeit in often contradictory and confusing manners, a profound discontent with the state of the situation and choreographed new urban modes of being-in-common. A wave of deeply political protest is rolling through the world's cities, whereby those who do not count demand a new constituent process for producing space politically. It is precisely the aftermath of such urban insurrections that provides the starting point for the arguments developed in this presentation. From a radical political perspective, the central question that has opened up, after the wave of insurgencies of the past few years petered out, revolves centrally around what to do and what to think next. Is there further thought and practice possible after the squares are cleared, the tents broken up, the energies dissipated, and everyday urban life resumes its routine practices?

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