First Fall Meeting – Oct. 18


Hi All,
Last year we inaugurated the Working Group on Urban (De)Coloniality. We have now had two meetings and are set to start off this new academic year with a fall quarter that will take as its centerpiece the analysis of different theories of space from a (de)colonial perspective, with our sights set on applying this theory to concrete urban processes in a local and global context.

We are planning to have three meetings as a collective this quarter. The dates currently set for these meetings are Tuesday, October 18th; Thursday, November 3rd; andTuesday, November 29th. All meetings will be held from 6-8pm in CESTA (Center for Spatial History and Textual Analysis), located at the 4th floor of Wallenberg hall, room 433A. Dinner will also be provided!

At the first meeting, entitled, “Differential Spaces/Identities” we will be discussing chapter one of Homi K. Bhabha’s, The Location of Culture, “The commitment to theory” (pg. 19-40), with particular focus on his theory of Third Space. We will be pairing this reading with Edward Soja’s “The Trialectics of Spatiality” from his book, Thirdspace. Here is a link to an e-book version of Bhabha’s text and the Soja text will be forwarded to you shortly.

I have also attached secondary (explanatory, completely optional) sources I found useful in helping me unpack the texts.
1. Essay- “Third Space Encounters: Hybridity, Mimicry and Interstitial Practice,” Fredrik Fahlander (Pg 22-26). —> [these 4 pages]
2. 4 Minute Videos
Homi Bhabha’s Theory of Third Space
Soja’s Theory of Thirdspace

In addition to having a lively discussion about these readings we will also be discussing opportunities for folks who are interested in joining the organizing committee.

Please reply to this email by Friday, October 14th, as an RSVP so we can get an accurate food count and be notified of dietary restrictions. We look forward to a lively discussion, and to working with the Stanford community to link up critical and (de)colonial theory to ongoing urban processes around the world.

Cynthia and Juan Pablo

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A cartography of Caracas’ Informal Settlements (CABA)

Last Transmission from the Land of Monsters

A link to a blog related to the publishing of CABA, Cartografía de los barrios de Caracas, 1966 – 2014. The book traces the growth of informal settlements in Caracas in the given time period. Certainly of interest for anyone thinking about urbanization processes in Latin America, and questions of informality.


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