CRESR

CRESR Seminar - Longing for Wikitopia. The study and politics of self-organization

Start date: 
Wed, 15/04/2015
Closing date: 
Wed, 15/04/2015
Venue: 
Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Stoddart Building, Room 7139
Event contact: 
Ian Wilson & Will Eadson

Time: 4.00-5.00 pm

Speaker
Justus Uitermark - Erasmus University, Rotterdam

Abstract

Justus Uitermark is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and the Gradus Hendriks Professor in Community Development at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has published books and articleson a variety of subjects, including gentrification, state theory, social movements and urban governance.

Biography

Justus Uitermark is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and the Gradus Hendriks Professor in Community Development at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has published books and articles on a variety of subjects, including gentrification, state theory, social movements and urban governance.  Self-organization is an idea whose time has come. As an explanatory concept, self-organization is central to complexity theory, which is quickly becoming a powerful and perhaps even dominant paradigm in both the natural and social sciences. As a political ideal, self-organization is filling the void that is opening up as both the state and market are increasingly perceived as undemocratic, unjust and inefficient. In this critical commentary, I explore the science and politics of self-organization. Drawing on research on community development in Rotterdam, I argue that self-organization indeed is an inspiring ideal but that it is often misunderstood and may produce adverse consequences when used as a policy guide. While self-organization is too inspiring to abandon, its harsh realities need to be accounted for if we want to think and work with it.

Click on the web link below to find the venue location: http://www.shu.ac.uk/visit/city.html

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