About the event

Wednesday May 2nd, Elebash Recital Hall
Thursday May 3rd, DSC room 5414

This two-day conference will focus on various kinds of protest and the importance of public space for democratic practices and transformations of cities across the globe. Recent events from Tahrir Square to Zuccotti park underscore the potential of public spaces to serve as catalysts for social and political change. Panels include both senior and emerging scholars in the field as well as activists who work within the academy for equality and social justice in the city. Participants include: Michelle Fine, Psychology, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Farha Ghannam, Anthropology, Swarthmore College; Setha Low, Environmental Psychology, Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Women’s Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Ida Susser, Anthropology, The Graduate Center, CUNY and Hunter College; and others.


Wednesday May 2nd, Elebash Recital Hall9:45 – 10:00 IntroKatherine Carl, The Center for Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center
Setha Low, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
Fabio Mattioli, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center10:00 – 12:00 Neoliberalizing Public Space Katherine McCaffrey, Anthropology, Montclair State University
Julian Brash, Anthropology, Montclair State University
Jill Siegel, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Jeff Maskovsky, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College
Discussant: Setha Low, Environmental Psychology, Geography, Anthropology, and Women’s Studies; Director of the Public Space Research Group, CUNY Graduate Center1:00 – 3:00 Lessons from CairoFarha Ghannam, Anthropology, Swarthmore College
Claire Panetta, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
Dina Ramadan, Languages and Literature, Bard College
Discussant: Jonathan Shannon, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center and Hunter College3:00 – 5:00 Learning from the PeripheryJuraj Anzulovic, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
Goran Janev, Anthropology, University SS Cyril and Methodius
Emily Curtin, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
Jessica Greenberg, Communication Studies, Northwestern University
Discussant: Gerald Creed, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center5:00 – 6:30 RECEPTION Room 5414 Thursday May 3rd, DSC room 54149:30 – 11:30 Provincializing Public Space Claudio Sopranzetti, Anthropology, Harvard University
Fabio Mattioli, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
Paola Abenante, Anthropology, University of Milano Bicocca
Discussant: Edward Snajdr, Anthropology, John Jay College, CUNY11:30 – 1:15 Social Movements, Bodies, and Protest Manissa Maharawal, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
Aimee Cox, African and Africa-American Studies, Fordham University, and Monica Barra, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
Ida Susser, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
Andrea Maldonado, Anthropology, Brown University
Discussant: Melissa Checker, Urban Studies, Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center2:00 – 4:00 Histories of Public Infrastructure Naomi Adiv, Geography, CUNY Graduate Center
Gwynneth Malin, History, CUNY Graduate Center
Marta Gutmann, Architecture, City College of New York, CUNY
Anru Lee, Anthropology, John Jay College, CUNY
Discussant Catherine Fennell, Anthropology, Columbia University4:00 – 6:00 Revolting TimesUjju Aggarwal, Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center, Edwin Mayorga, Urban Education, CUNY Graduate Center, and Donna Nevel, Participatory Action Research Center for Education Organizing
Jennifer Ayala, Education, St. Peter’s College, and Anne Galletta, Education, Cleveland State University
Leigh Patel Stevens and Rocio Sanchez Ares, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Discussant: Michelle Fine, Psychology, and Liza Pappas, Urban Education, CUNY Graduate Center6:00 – 8:00 RECEPTION Room 5414For more information, visit http://publicspace.commons.gc.cuny.edu

Co-sponsored by Doctoral Students Council, Public Space Research Group, Space Time Research Collective, CUNY Center for Human Environments, the PhD program in Anthropology, the Public Science Project