“Contested Cities of the global south: urban struggles against dispossession and displacement in South Africa, India and Latin America”

Monday 1 September 2014, Leeds

A key battleground of urban contestation in the Global South are the ‘slums’ or ‘shantytowns’ of major cities and metropolitan areas. The staging of the football World Cup in South Africa (2010) and Brazil (2014) has highlighted the conflicts over urban space and the right to the city between capitalist urbanisation in the guise of mega-events and urban slum dwellers. To further the comparative work of the Contested Cities network, we have invited Dr Ayona Datta (University of Leeds) and Dr Richard Pithouse (Rhodes University, South Africa) to talk about the current struggles of shack and slum dwellers in India and South Africa and their significance for cities, politics, and the wider social relationships that underpin them. Researchers from Contested Cities will then reflect on the Indian and South African contexts in relation to Latin America.

Details: Talk starts at 5pm in the East Building Lecture Theatre, School of Geography, University of Leeds

contested-cities-invite-_4“Contested_Cities Film Festival”   

Tuesday, 2 September, 2014, Leeds

In collaboration with the Leeds Social and Environmental Justice Action Network, the Contested Cities network is hosting a film festival at Wharf Chambers in Leeds. This festival builds on our previous photography competition and exhibition held last year, and is part of a larger examination of the use of audio-visual methods in the study of urban contestation. The film event will be open to the general public.

Featured Films:

  • Future Suspended (Ross Domoney, Greece/ UK)
  • Dear Mandela (Dara Kell & Christopher Nizza, South Africa)
  • Capital  (Maxim Pozdorovkin & Joe Bender, Kazakhstan / USA)

Also proudly showing:

Watchmen: Ejercicio 1 and To Police the Police: Ejercicio 2; Negocios Muertos; Preludes;

Espacios Protegidos; Upon a Crocus Cloth; Concrete Heart Land; Ladrillo por Ladrillo;

Borde / Fronteras; 3 Guadalajara Shorts; Ocupação Esperança;Destapiadas; Creativity and the Capitalist City (excerpt); City forgotten: The fate of India’s small cities

Details: Films start at 7pm and end at 11:30 pm, Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, LS2 7EQ, www.wharfchambers.org