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Speculative Urbanism and the Making of the Next Global City

Rutgers Sociology Department welcomes all faculty, staff and students
to its Fall 2010 Colloquium Series on Wednesday, October 20th at 11:30
a.m. in Davison Hall, Room 128, 126 Nichol Avenue, Douglass Campus
for
a talk entitled "Speculative Urbanism and the Making of the Next Global City"

Michael Goldman is an associate professor of Sociology and Global
Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. His recent book,
based on a decade-long ethnography of the World Bank, is Imperial
Nature: The World Bank and Struggles for Social Justice in the Age of
Globalization. Professor Goldman has been the recipient of numerous
awards including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Research and
Writing Fellowship, Yale University Agrarian Studies Fellowship,
Ciriacy-WantrupFellowship at UC Berkeley, Fulbright Fellowship, American
Institute for Indian Studies Fellowship, and the McKnight Presidential
Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. His current research,
"Speculating on a Global City," focuses on the highly uneven social and
spatial transformations occurring in Bangalore, India and across other
cities such as Dubai, Singapore, and Shanghai.
 

This talk explores the process of making Bangalore, India into a 'global
city', and traces its genealogy to not only the now-famous experiment in
IT out-sourcing, but also to sets of practices that originate with
transnational policy networks, transnational capital sectors, and
inter-urban dynamics across other global cities such as Dubai and
Singapore. Although the explosive IT industry is supposed to catapult
Bangalore and the rest of India as a competitive player into the global
economy, land speculation is the main business of government and the
economy today. This talk suggests that the unfolding 'state of
exception' of mass dispossession (in order to provide land to foreign
investors) reflects a shift into new and highly volatile forms of
"speculative" government, economy, urbanism, and citizenship.


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