Saskia Sassen - "Global Street"

Monday, January 7, 2013 - 6:30pm
StudioX, 4th Floor, Kitab Mahal 192, Dadabhai Naoroji Road, Fort, Mumbai

invites you to an UrbanAsia series lecture on

Global Street

Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

followed by a discussion on

Comparative Urbanism and the Politics of Form


Arjun Appadurai, Paulette Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University                                                                                     

moderated by

Anupama Rao, Associate Professor of History, Barnard College, Columbia University

The question of public space is central to giving the powerless rhetorical and operational openings. But that public space needs to be distinguished from the concept of public space in the European tradition. This talk will use the concept of The Global Street to open up a larger conceptual field to understand the complex interactions between power and powerlessness as they get shaped in urban space. Sassen will argue that the city makes visible the limits of superior military power and, most importantly, that cities enable powerlessness to become complex, not simply elementary. In this complexity lies the possibility of making history and remaking the political.

DATE: Monday, January 7th, 6:30pm. Registration begins at 6pm
VENUE: 4th Floor, Kitab Mahal  192, Dadabhai Naoroji Road, Fort, Mumbai - 400001


Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair of the Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages, A Sociology of Globalization and the fourth fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy. Sassen’s The Global City came out in a new fully updated edition in 2001.  Her books have been translated into over twenty languages. Sassen is currently working on When Territory Exits Existing Frameworks with Harvard University Press. She contributes regularly to and

Arjun Appardurai is a  Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He was born and educated in Mumbai, where he studied at St. Xavier's High School and Elphinstone College. He is President of the Board of Trustees of PUKAR and holds the Tata Chair Professor at The Tata Institute for the Social Sciences in Mumbai. He is the author of numerous books and articles on globalization, urbanization and media. His latest book is The Future as Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition.


Anupama Rao is a historical anthropologist of South Asia who joined Barnard College Columbia University in 2001. She is the author of The Caste Question (University of California Press, 2009); Discipline and the Other Body (Duke University Press, 2006); "Death of a Kotwal: Injury and the Politics of Recognition," Subaltern Studies XII; Violence, Vulnerability and Embodiment (co-editor, Gender and History special issue, 2004), and Gender and Caste: Issues in Indian Feminism (Kali for Women, 2003). She is currently working on a book titled Dalit Bombay, on the relationship between caste, political culture, and everyday life in colonial and postcolonial Bombay


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