The Department of City and Regional Planning kicks off its Fall 2013 Lecture Series with a timely discussion on recent urban protests in Egypt, Turkey and Brazil.
Since the Arab Spring of 2011, a series of large-scale protests have taken over cities in several countries to articulate citizens' indignation about their living and political conditions. Some have overthrown dictatorships; some have lasted longer than others. All have brought the city and its spaces to the center of political struggles and have re-ignited debates about the relationship between city and citizenship. During the last few months, these protests have shaken Turkey, Brazil and again Egypt. The movements in Turkey and Brazil share some common features, such as the articulation of rights to the city. The Egypt demonstrations have once again overthrown a president, but with consequences that expose limits and contradictions in the democratizing impetus.
Four UC Berkeley faculty experts will analyze the protests, and will debate what may be new and old in these rebellions, their promises and limitations.
The roundtable will be followed by a reception to celebrate a new semester of open discussions.
This event is part of the Fall 2013 Lecture Series at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley, and is co-sponsored by the Department of City and Regional Planning and Global Metropolitan Studies.
Image credit: Mães de Maio Facebook page, June 11, 2013.