Dialogues On Urban Inhabitation and the Urban Technical


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Thursday 30 March 2023


In support of the Urban Institute's intellectual programme on Urban Inhabitation and the Urban TechnicalProfessor AbdouMaliq Simone is curating three online dialogues over the forthcoming months to discuss recent published work from three of the UI's programme collaborators: Neferti Tadiar, Luciana Parisi and Jennifer Gabrys. Each author has made ground-breaking contributions to expand our understanding of urban processes in ways that cut across geographies, sectors, and ontologies. This work has substantially contributed to the Urban institute's research agenda. The Dialogues are primarily a conversation with the speakers, however there will be an opportunity for questions and comments from participants.

We are pleased to announce the first dialogue will take place online (via zoom) on 30th March 2023 1630 -1800 GMT (1730-1900 BST)

Neferti X. M. Tadiar, in conversation with Teresa Caldeira and Nasser Abourahme

Neferti is Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College. She will present her recent book, Remaindered LifeDuke University Press.

Remaindered Life offers a new conceptual vocabulary and framework for rethinking the dynamics of a global capitalism maintained through permanent imperial war. Tracking how contemporary capitalist accumulation depends on producing life-times of disposability, Tadiar focuses on what she terms remaindered life—practices of living that exceed the distinction between life worth living and life worth expending. Through this heuristic, Tadiar reinterprets the global significance and genealogy of the surplus life-making practices of migrant domestic and service workers, refugees fleeing wars and environmental disasters, criminalized communities, urban slum dwellers, and dispossessed indigenous people. She also examines artists and filmmakers in the global South who render forms of various living in the midst of disposability. Retelling the story of globalization from the side of those who reach beyond dominant protocols of living, Tadiar demonstrates how attending to remaindered life can open up another horizon of possibility for a radical remaking of our present global mode of life.


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