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Research Seminar

Urban Imaginations: At Home with Modernity: Planning Genealogies, Urban Imaginaries, and Everyday Life on the Margins of Casablanca

Tuesday 1 May 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

International Studies Research Seminar

This seminar will focus on Morocco's economic capital, and will explore some of the ways in which colonial legacies, recent urban policies, and development agendas are translated and/or contested at the level of everyday life and the local organization and use of city space. Based on ethnographic material gathered during sixteen months of fieldwork, Dr. Cristiana Strava will discuss the ways in which the production and contestation of socio-spatial inequality in Casablanca is historically rooted in the colonial experimentation with technocratic methods of urban planning, and complicated by a history of state violence and the dereliction of public infrastructure in the aftermath of structural adjustment reforms introduced to Morocco in the 1980s.

Drawing on a range of multi-media materials produced in collaboration with her research interlocutors (such as maps, drawings, and photographs) she describes some of the ways in which ordinary and marginalized communities manage to imagine not only their current place but also a future among the ruins of such colonial and postcolonial forces.

Registration not required.

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