Platforms forging citizens & how to resist them.
Lectures and debates on urban matters. A meeting point for urban professionals, students and all city lovers, just before the week-end starts.
#StadsSalonsUrbains 2019/20 lecture series Platform Urbanism: Data Commons, Citizen Contestation and the Governance of Cities
Digitally enabled platforms are reshaping cities in the twenty-first century. Platform-based activities are spatially concentrated in cities and build upon existing uneven geographies while feeding into wider urbanization dynamics of economic development, environmental action, and everyday life. Urban platforms connect people and resources in new ways, recasting infrastructures as services, and make it possible for big data and monitoring logics to steer urban development. This raises questions about who determines such connections, who has the power to shape data-driven decision-making and what are possible modalities of contestation. This public lecture series investigates the logics and rationales of digital platforms, the role of data and code in urban governance and surveillance, the infrastructural channeling of urban knowledge, and the progressive potential of platforms to facilitate sharing and the commoning of data.
04/10 Beta-testing democracy? Platforms forging citizens & how to resist them – Stefania Milan (University of Amsterdam)
25/10 Taming Platform Capitalism: Digital Geographies and the Gig Economy – Mark Graham (University of Oxford)
15/11 Platformed Populations: Figuring FinTech Users- Paul Langley (Durham University)
6/12 Security Technology and the Politics of Failure – Rivke Jaffe (University of Amsterdam)
14/02 Territories of Exception: the architecture of state violence in Rio de Janeiro – Fernanda Bruno (Pontifical Catholic University, Brazil)
20/03 Urban Interfaces: Media, Art and Performance as Platforms for Creativity and Criticality – Nanna Verhoeff, Michiel de Lange & Sigrid Merx (Utrecht University)
24/04 Pluralism for data driven cities and the division of learning – Dominique Boullier (EPFL Lausanne)
Organized by the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, Cosmopolis and with the support of Brussels Academy
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