Month: November 2016

Don Mitchell

Revolting New York: How Riots, Uprisings, and Revolutions Shape the Urban Landscape

Don Mitchell, Department of Geography, Syracuse University

Friday.  2.Dec.2016.

4:00-6:00pm.  SS2125.

100 St. George Street

Tea. Coffee. Cookies.


Riots, revolts, uprisings, and revolutions have been a near-constant and a decisive force in shaping New York City’s landscape. From the revolt of the Munsee Indians in the 1640s to Black Lives Matters in the present, political and social tumult has – to a far larger degree than is usually appreciated – determined flows of investment, neighborhood restructurings, and everyday life of the metropolis. Drawing on research begun by Neil Smith and his students in a seminar on the Geography of Revolution and now nearing publication, I will show how one of the determinants of the morphology and meaning of the urban landscape is revolt and riot, uprising and revolution – anarchists exploding bombs, gardeners claiming empty lots and holding them militantly, the inchoate rage of looters, the occupation of buildings, massive marches, violence by police and protesters. There is at play in the making of the landscape, I will contend, a constant dialectic of spatial form and social revolt, and it is important to understand this dialectic if we want to understand the making of cities. Or, as the Harlem Renaissance writer Allain Locke suggested, the 1935 Harlem riot – and by extension other moments of upheaval – was “a revealing flash of lightning.” Revolting New York – both the book and my remarks in this talk – tells the story of the city as it has been not only revealed by such lightning flashes, but also and especially how it has been remade by the lightning strikes of revolt. In doing so, I think, it makes palpable just how power is built into the urban landscape – and why. Through both descriptions of revolt large and small as well as historical-geographical analysis (as well as lots of images), this talk will not only show the remaking of New York’s landscape, but also why it is vital to understand such remaking within the totality of long-term historical change. Along the way, it will also describe how a large, unwieldy, multi-authored historical geography has come to be as, we hope, a comprehensive and comprehensible guide to radical New York – a tribute to the incitements and insightfulness of Neil and his band of brilliant students.

Intersections: Lectures, etc. Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

Zoe Todd

Thinking with the trouble: Human-fish relations, reciprocity and the petro-state in Treaty Six Territory, Alberta

Zoe Todd, Carleton University

Friday.  9.Dec.2016.

4:00-6:00pm.  SS5017.

100 St. George Street

Tea. Coffee. Cookies.

ABSTRACT: Donna Haraway has recently called up us to ‘stay with the trouble’ in these turbulent times of the (so-called) Anthropocene. In this talk, I take up her call to tend to ‘trouble’ in Treaty Six Territory in Alberta, Canada by examining the entanglements of humans, fish, oil, and Indigenous (Métis) legal orders in the 21st century in the Lake Winnipeg watershed. I ask what possibilities and potentials can flow from tending to fish-as-kin in the context of what biologist Lorne Fitch (2015)  has identified as Alberta’s ongoing ‘fish crisis’, which is itself shaped, in part, by the realities of Alberta’s political ecology as a oil and gas producing province.

BIO: Zoe Todd (Métis) is from Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) in the Treaty Six Area of Alberta, Canada. She is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She studied Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen and in June 2016 successfully defended her thesis on human-fish relations in northern Canada .  She researches human-animal and human-environmental relations, Indigenous legal orders and (de)colonial praxis in Canada. Her recent work focuses on fish and Indigenous legal orders. She is also interested in the articulation of Indigenous people’s history and rights in relation to municipal development in Canada — specifically how Indigeneity is expressed through architecture, art, urban planning and story-telling. Her work employs a critical Indigenous feminist lens to examine the shared relationships between people and their environments and legal orders in Canada, with a view to understanding how to bring fish and the more-than-human into conversations about Indigenous self-determination, peoplehood, and governance in Canada today.

Intersections: Lectures, etc. Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

Co-sponsored with

Political Ecology Cluster, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

Norma Rantisi

Symbolic Capital and the Remaking of the City: Revisiting the Role of Artists in Gentrification

by Norma Rantisi, Professor, Department of Planning, Geography and Environment, Concordia University

Friday.  11.Nov.2016.

3:00-5:00pm.  SS2125.

100 St. George Street

Toronto    ON M5S 3G3

Tea. Coffee. Cookies.

Professor Norma Rantisi, co-chair of Planners Network and an editor of Progressive Planning, is the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning of the Program in Planning at the University of Toronto in fall 2016. Her current work focuses on the socio-spatial organization of circus arts and apparel industries in Montreal as well as neoliberal governance and prospects for equitable development in cities and regions. She is also developing a new research project on Palestinian women’s artisanal cooperatives, in relation to her general interests in economy, society, space and planning. Professor Rantisi’s Bousfield Lecture will address–in the context of Mile End in Montreal–the often contradictory role that artists play in ‘creative neighbourhoods’, not only in the process of gentrification but also in struggles against it.    

John Bousfield Distinguished Visitorship in Planning+ Intersections: Lectures, etc., Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

Elizabeth Delmelle

Differentiating pathways of neighborhood change in 50 U.S. Metropolitan Areas

Transportation Cluster’s Invited Speaker:

Elizabeth Delmelle, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Friday.  10.Mar.2017. 3:00-5:00pm.

SS2125. 100 St. George Street

Tea. Coffee. Cookies.

ABSTRACT: Empirical studies on the pathways of neighborhood change are making great strides with advancements in methodologies and the availability of longitudinal datasets. This body of work holds the potential to test longstanding theories on how the neighborhood change process has unfolded and it offers a new opportunity for developing theories that better represent neighborhood dynamics in the current landscape of rapid suburbanization, back to the city movements, and deindustrialization. I contribute to this line of research by differentiating the longitudinal pathways of change across multiple attribute dimensions for neighborhoods in 50 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), covering a 30 year time span. The distribution of neighborhood trajectories is then examined both within and between MSAs. The trajectory grouping method identifies 34 dominant sequences of change throughout the country featuring two distinct pathways of change: a white-flight type process aligning with life-cycle theories of change predominant in neighborhoods consisting of single family housing, and an alternate path driven by an influx of new, largely foreign born residents where multi-family housing is present. Cities are grouped into classes based on the similarity of their neighborhood composition and the spatial arrangement of neighborhood types is analyzed using a spatial clustering procedure to determine which types of neighborhoods are most concentrated, which are likely to co-exist in space and which are likely to be dispersed from one another.

BIO: Elizabeth Delmelle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Earth Science at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and the Chair of the Transportation Geography Specialty Group of the AAG. Dr. Delmelle’s research interests lie within two general fields of application: urban and neighborhood dynamics and urban transportation. Her work on neighborhood dynamics has sought to understand how and why neighborhoods change according to their multidimensional quality of life or socioeconomic complexion. This research has employed a variety of statistical and computational techniques to understand space-time patterns of change. On the transportation side, Dr. Delmelle has worked in the area of bicycle and pedestrian safety, performing spatial analyses of bicycle crash locations and comparing neighborhood-level risk factors between bicyclists and pedestrians. Finally, she is interested in spatial accessibility and spatial equity as it relates to public transport.


Intersections: Lectures, etc. Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto