Dr. Kevin Ward - CITY/GEOG 5010 Colloquium Talk - "We need the developer to develop" @ Ross N120
Oct 11 @ 5:03 pm – 6:03 pm

October 13, 2017 – CITY/GEOG 5010 Colloquium Talk - “We need the developer to develop”: speculative urbanism and the challenges of using financial tools” – 11:30am-12:30pm – Ross N120

Kevin Ward is a Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Manchester
Urban Institute at the University of Manchester and a Visiting Professor at The
City Institute, York University.  His current work involves rethinking what is
meant by the urban in urban politics, as elements of different places are
assembled and reassembled to constitute particular urban political realms.
Kevin has published over a 100 journal articles and book chapters, and his
books include the co-authored volumes Urban Sociology, Modernity and
(Macmillan, 2002) and Spaces of Work: Global Capitalism and the
Geographies of Labour
(Sage, 2004) Kevin is also editor of Researching the
City: a Guide for Students
(Sage, 2013) and co-editor of Neoliberalization:
States, Networks, Peoples
(Blackwell, 2007), Mobile Urbanism: Cities and
Policymaking in the Global Age
(Minnesota University Press, 2011) and
Researching the City (Sage, 2013).  He is currently editor of Urban Geography.

CITY’s Meet and Greet 2017 and Book Launch @ 734 Kaneff Tower
Oct 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Please join us for Patricia Burke Wood’s Book Launch for Citizenship, Activism, and the City (2017) followed by a Meet and Greet to kick off the Fall 2017 Term!

 3 pm

Citizenship, Activism, and the City (2017), by Patricia Burke Wood

Were the occupations of 2010–11 – from Spain to Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street – a success or failure? Are they the model for urban radical politics? This book challenges common understandings and underlying assumptions of what constitutes activism and resistance. It proposes a critical urban theory of politics and citizenship that is grounded in the city as it is inhabited. For those who are marginalized, the city is a double-edged sword of oppression and emancipation. This book argues for an intersectional approach that actively dismantles hierarchies and embraces a wider range of acts of resistance and creative transformation, one in which we recognize these acts of citizenship as a form of constitutionalism. Wood reframes the theorization of protest and of the city, ‘post-political’ literature and the history of protest, and Marxist and anarchist ideas about the time and space of politics. Through this, she adopts a unique approach to provide new theoretical insights and challenges to post-political thinking.

CITY’s Meet and Greet 2017

Please join us for some refreshments and a chance to meet some of our faculty, staff, and student members, and to learn about our current projects.  Everyone is welcome!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday October 13, 2017
3:00pm – 4:30pm
734 Kaneff Tower
Everyone is Welcome!
Please RSVP to

CCSEAS/CCEASE Conference 2017: People In and Out of Place @ York University
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm

Panels on Urbanism

The 33rd Biennial CCSEAS Conference
York University | Toronto | 26-28 October 2017

27 October 2017:

9:00 - 10:45 am: Off-map Capitalism in Urban Southeast Asia
11:00 am - 12:45 pm: Disparate Cities: Navigating Urban Exclusion in Northern Vietnam
1:45 - 3:00 pm: (KEYNOTE) Silent Resistance in Malaysia: Changing Mindsets as New Urban Radical Politics. Dr. Goh Beng Lan, National University of Singapore
3:15 - 5:00 pm: Community Vulnerabilities to Climate Change in Southeast Asia's Secondary Cities I

28 October 2017:

9:00 - 10:45 am: Community Vulnerabilities to Climate Change in Southeast Asia's Secondary Cities II
11:00 am - 12:45 pm: Urban Governance, Citizenship and Heritage in China and Vietnam
1:45 - 3:00 pm: Global City, Displacement and the Urban Poor in Indonesian Cities
3:15 - 5:00 pm: Activism and Urban Democracy

For details on the various panels and presenters please visit:

Registration is now Open!
Official Website:

CITY Seminar - From Sanctuary to Solidarity: Migrant Justice in an Age of Trump and Trudeau @ 626 Kaneff Tower
Nov 3 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

The City Seminar

An interdisciplinary series of presentations and discussions on urban landscapes, past and present.

Karl Gardner
PhD Candidate, York University

From Sanctuary to Solidarity:
Migrant Justice in an Age of Trump and Trudeau

Karl Gardner is an organizer, educator, and student based in Toronto. He is a member of No On Is Illegal-Toronto and is involved in Indigenous solidarity work inside and outside the city. He is pursuing a PhD in Political Science at York University, where his research focuses on the role of radical migrant justice movements in creating and cultivating sanctuary cities in Canada.

Friday November 3, 2017
12:30 – 2pm
626 Kaneff Tower
Everyone is welcome.

Dr. Simon Black - Screening of It Takes a Riot followed by a discussion period @ 626 Kaneff Tower
Dec 1 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

December 1, 2017 - Dr. Simon Black - Screening of It Takes a Riot followed by a discussion period

You’re Invited to CITY's Potluck! @ 734 Kaneff Tower
Dec 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

You’re Invited to a Potluck!  

Everyone is Welcome!

Please RSVP to

Please join us for CITY’s holiday potluck on Wednesday December 20, 2017 at 3pm (in front of 734 Kaneff Tower). 

 We hope to see you there!

If we don’t see you, we hope you have a great holiday break and look forward to seeing you in the new year! 

 Wednesday December 20, 2017

3:00pm – 4:30pm

734 Kaneff Tower

The City Seminar - Migrant Women Walking Down the Cheap Road: Modernization and Being Fashionable in Shanghai @ 749 Kaneff Tower
Jan 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Dr. Penn Tsz Ting Ip

 This paper examines how new definitions of the “Chinese modern woman” affect the lives of rural-urban migrant women, with a focus on the way these women are interpellated as modern and fashionable. With a focus on the Qipulu Clothing Wholesale Market in Shanghai, also known as the “Cheap Road,” the paper analyzes how its spatial organization and commercial strategies allow rural migrant women a sense of being “modern,” and explores narratives from these migrants, focusing on their consumer experience to scrutinize how they transform themselves in response to the globalizing cityscape. This paper argues that the Cheap Road is organized spatially and commercially to sell rural women access to the images of “being modern” and of the Chinese Dream. Finally, this study suggests that by developing their fashion style through shopping, these women become the “Chinese modern rural woman” who must find a point where their identities as migrant women and Shanghai women meet.

Penn Tsz Ting IP is a PhD researcher at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam and member of the SSHRC Partnership grant “Urbanization, Gender and the global south”. Her research interests include migration studies, post-colonialism, globalization, affect theory, and queer studies. Penn’s PhD project is supported by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) under the funded project “Creating the ‘New’ Asian Woman: Entanglements of Urban Space, Cultural Encounters and Gendered Identities in Shanghai and Delhi” (SINGLE Project Nr: 586).

Friday January 5, 2018
12:30 – 2pm
749 Kaneff Tower
Everyone is welcome.

Indigeneity and the City - Clara Fraser and Jon Johnson @ 626 Kaneff Tower
Feb 2 @ 12:00 am – 1:30 am

Imagining Planning Futures – Discoveries Along the Path to Reconciliation

Clara MacCallum Fraser

Clara MacCallum Fraser is the Executive Director and co-Founder of the Shared Path Consultation Initiative, a non-profit organization focused on the intersection of land use
planning and Indigenous rights. She holds a BA in Political Science & Arabic Studies
from Concordia University, and a Masters in Urban Planning from Ryerson University.
She is currently conducting a CGS-SSHRC funded Doctorate in Environmental Studies at
York University. The focus of her research is on the intersection of land use planning and
Aboriginal & Treaty rights, exploring these issues in particular within southern Ontario.
With the Shared Path, Fraser is a 2017-2018 Partner at the City Institute at York
University (CITY).


Toronto as Heart Circle: Tracing a History of Urban
Indigenous Planning

Jon Johnson

Jon Johnson (PhD, Communication & Culture, York University) is an interdisciplinary
scholar that works within Toronto’s Indigenous community. His work is focused on
urban Indigenous land-based knowledge and storytelling traditions in Toronto and is
grounded in his role as a lead organizer, researcher, and tour guide for First Story

Friday February 2, 2018
12:00 – 1:30pm
626 Kaneff Tower
Everyone is welcome.