Night School: The Right to the City
April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
We live in an era when ideals of human rights have moved centre stage both politically and ethically. A great deal of energy is expended in promoting their significance for the construction of a better world. But for the most part the concepts circulating do not fundamentally challenge hegemonic liberal and neoliberal market logics, or the dominant modes of legality and state action. We live, after all, in a world in which the rights of private property and the profit rate trump all other notions of rights. This is no more apparent than in the current housing crisis where major cities are becoming unaffordable to working class tenants, homelessness is on the rise, and gentrification seems to have become a permanent feature of urban life, but also pertains to everything from transportation, our access to food and health care, and where and how we spend our leisure time. In this session, we examine the political economy of housing and the city, and look to visionary experiments in social housing from abroad.