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Lecture | Gravensteen Lecture

Cities of the Settler Revolution: Is Urban Conflict and Segregation in the USA, South Africa, Algeria, and Israel Connected?

  • Carl Nightingale (SUNY Buffalo)
Date
Friday 1 April 2016
Time
Location
Gravensteen
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden
Room
11

Cities of the Settler Revolution: Is Urban Conflict and Segregation in the USA, South Africa, Algeria, and Israel Connected?

Some of the world’s most divided and notoriously conflictual cities are located in societies founded as settler colonies. Can we say, therefore, that these conflicts fundamentally connected? This talk will at once embrace and explode settler colonial theory as a means to enhance a transnational or what I call a "diascalar" urban history. In particular it asks how theoretical ideas such as the combination of migration and territorial conquest, the idea of permanence, the distinction between settler and sojourner colonies, the "triangular" settler-metropole-native political order, the identity of settler, and the thesis that colonial settlement is more enduring than formal imperial institutions all help us understand connections, disconnections, similarities, and differences between the urban politics of four settler cities: Chicago, Johannesburg, Algiers, and Tel Aviv. Affirming the crucial role of cities in settler colonialism, it interprets the foundational dialectic between conquest, conflict, and radically complex practices of segregation in these examples by historicizing notions of conquest, permanence, and settler; by embracing deep variation and complexity in the politics of settler cities; by highlighting connections and divergences with "sojourner" colonial cities; and ultimately by reaffirming the crucial relationship between urban political theater and metropolitan institutions—as well as "the imperial" more generally--in the longevity of urban settler colonialism.

Chair: Kawan Fatah-Black (Lecturer in History, Leiden)
Discussant: Dennis Rodgers (Professor of International Development Studies, UvA)

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