Urban Revolutions: Urbanisation and (Neo-)Colonialism in Transatlantic Context
Please join us in HNES building, room 141, for a launch/discussion event to mark the publication of Professor Stefan Kipfer’s new book: Urban Revolutions: Urbanisation and (Neo-)Colonialism in Transatlantic Context (published in Brill’s Historical Materialism Book Series).
The event will feature some comments on the book by Stefan himself, followed by discussion from two notable scholars of urban politics: Professor Kanishka Goonewardena (Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto) and Professor Laam Hae (Department of Politics, York University).
About The Author: Stefan Kipfer teaches in the Faculty of
Environmental & Urban Change at York University. He has
published widely on space, social theory and urban politics,
including the co-edited Space, Difference, Everyday Life:
Reading Henri Lefebvre and Gramsci Space Nature Politics.
Discussants: Prof. Kanishka Goonewardena (Geography and
Planning, University of Toronto) and Prof. Laam Hae (Politics,
What do struggles over pipelines in Canada, housing estates
in France, and shantytowns in Martinique have in common? In
Urban Revolutions, Stefan Kipfer shows how these struggles
force us to understand the (neo-)colonial aspects of capitalist
urbanization in a comparatively and historically nuanced
In so doing, he demonstrates that urban research can offer a
rich, if uneven, terrain upon which to develop the relationship
between Marxist and anti-colonial intellectual traditions.
After a detailed dialogue between Henri Lefebvre and
Frantz Fanon, Kipfer engages creole literature in the French
Antilles, Indigenous radicalism in North America and
political anti-racism in mainland France.