Cities and the New Wars, conference at Columbia U

September 25, 2009

Cities and the New Wars

Time Friday, 12:00 pm
Type Conference
Location Avery Hall, Wood Auditorium / Google Map
Registration Registration is Encouraged / Sign Up

The conference addresses two major subjects:

The multiple meanings of the new urban wars: asymmetric armed conflict, US Army training for the “urban enemy,” forms of economic violence that kill, cities and urban space as a technology for war, reapropriating the city of fear, civil war refugees and their flight from and to cities, measuring human rights violations during war.

The limits of power and of war: the role of the civic, war and law, the growing global web of interdependencies — all can contest the most powerful states and all can undermine the idea of victory in war. Conditions under which powerlessness becomes complex and transcends mere victimhood.

Arjun Appadurai, The New School; Elazar Barkan, Columbia University; Ted Byfield, Parsons the New School of Design; Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University; video artist Tony Conrad; artist Susan Crile; Claire Cutler, University of Victoria; Ashley Dawson, College of Staten Island/CUNY; James Der Derian, Brown University; Environmentalists Against War (Gar Smith); Yasmine Ergas, SIPA Columbia University; Karen Jacobsen, Tufts University; Fiona Jeffries, CUNY Grad Center; Danny Kaplan, Bar Ilan University; Jennifer S. Light, Northwestern University; Peter Marcuse, Columbia University; writer Suketu Mehta; Rosalind C. Morris, Columbia University; Les Roberts, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University; Saskia Sassen, Columbia University; Jane Schneider, CUNY Grad Center; Richard Sennett, NYU and LSE; Jessica Stern, Harvard University; Ida Susser, CUNY Grad Center; Gediminas Urbonas, MIT Visual Arts Program; Sudhir Venkatesh, Columbia University; Architect Eyal Weizman; and the Dictionary of War Project (Florian Schneider and Susanne Lang) in their first US presentation.

Co-Sponsor(s) Center for the Study of Human Rights / Website
Department of Sociology
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation / Website
Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life / Website
ISERP / Website
Mailman School of Public Health / Website
New York Theological Seminary / Website
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