[csaa-forum] Sharon Zukin - Seminar and public lecture

George Morgan george.morgan at uws.edu.au
Wed Jul 18 13:04:47 CST 2007

 Professor Sharon Zukin's visit to the Centre for Cultural Research,
19 July, 3pm, CCR Seminar Series, Building EA Lecture Room G-19,
Parramatta Campus - abstract below
23 July, 5pm, Public Lecture, Riverside Theatres, Parramattta - see

"Authentic Public Spaces: Between Consumption and Democracy" 


ABSTRACT: Contrasting a small, local park with the globally known site
of a terrorist attack, this presentation examines how the idea of the
public is constituted, institutionalized, and "emplaced" in different
types of urban public spaces.  Union Square Park is located two miles
north of the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan.  After
September 11, 2001, these two spaces became gathering places for
mourning and commemoration-but in dramatically different ways.  Each
site is publicly owned and managed by a hybrid form of public-private
partnership; each claims to serve the public but interprets that mission
in ways that advance the private interests of specific stakeholders and
a neoliberal ideology.  Yet differences between USQ and the WTC site
suggest a spectrum extending from "benevolent" to "authoritarian"
privatization of public space, with benevolence expressed in uses of
space for political dissent and marketplace transactions and
authoritarianism expressed in restrictions on use and nationalistic


SPEAKER: Sharon Zukin, the Broeklundian Professor of Sociology at
Brooklyn College and Graduate School of the City University of New York,
is one of the world's foremost observers and theorists of the
contemporary city. Professor Zukin is the author of several books,
including Loft Living (1982), Landscapes of Power: From Detroit to
Disney World (1991), The Culture of Cities(1995) and Point of Purchase:
How Shopping Changed American Culture (2004). Broadly, her work examines
the cultural economy of the contemporary city, including themes such as
culture-led urban regeneration; spaces of consumption; urban
development, art and real estate; and the transformation of urban life
and form under globalisation. Professor Zukin recently won the Lynd
Award for career achievement in urban sociology.


On: Thursday, 19 July 2007 Time: 3.00pm Venue: UWS Parramatta Campus,
Building EA Lecture Room G-19

RSVP: Essential to Ania Ajiri, a.ajiri at uws.edu.au 

Dr George Morgan
Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities/ Centre for Cultural Research
University of Western Sydney
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Recent Publications
Unsettled Places: Aboriginal People and Urbanisation in New South Wales
(Wakefield Press, 2006) 
Outrageous! Moral Panics in Australia (ACYS Press, 2007) - co-edited
with Scott Poynting
I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of
Einstein's brain than in the near-certainty that people of equal talent
have died in cotton fields and sweat shops.

Stephen Jay Gould



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Subject: [csaa-forum] cfp - Aust Critical Race & Whiteness Assoc

*Apologies for cross postings*

The Conference Committee of the 2007 Australian Critical Race and
Whiteness Studies Association conference is pleased to announce its
call for papers. Information is included below and also on the attached
pdf document. Please feel free to circulate this information to
and we look forward to seeing you at the conference. The conference
website listed below now includes full registration details and
registration is now open.


The Conference Committee.


Australian Critical Race And Whiteness Studies Association 2007

Transforming Bodies, Nations & Knowledges

Adelaide, South Australia, 10 -12 December, 2007

Since 1999 there have been a series of yearly conferences held in
Australia, united by their critique of race privilege and their
to matters of Indigenous sovereignty. Early conferences were integral to
the formation of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies
Association in 2004. These conferences have encouraged and supported the
development of a rapidly growing body of Indigenous voices and
within the Australian academy as well as an increased focus on issues of
race and whiteness.

This year's conference will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, and
encourage continued reflection upon issues of racial power and privilege
in local and global contexts where Indigenous sovereignties continue to
denied, and in which whiteness maintains hegemony. It continues an
explicit focus on issues of sovereignty and the importance of ensuring
spaces for open, supportive dialogue.

The 2007 ACRAWSA conference, Transforming Bodies, Nations & Knowledges,
draws on the aforementioned history of interventions into the cultural
politics of race and whiteness both in Australia and internationally.
notion of 'transforming' signifies a commitment not only to examining
critiquing existing practices of dominance and discrimination, but also
the ways in which these have been challenged and transformed and
to be so in the present and into the future. The conference seeks to
address ways in which processes of transformation mutually implicate
bodies, nations and knowledges. Possible questions include: What kind of
bodies are produced by the powers of racism and colonialism? How do
bodies transform themselves into something else to resist or avoid
relations of dominance? How do knowledges create and change bodies and
nations? How can we challenge existing disciplines and knowledges to
recognise spaces for Indigenous sovereignty and to oppose racism? How
nations being changed in contemporary global scenarios? How do nations
demand and produce embodied responses to their practices of inclusion

Specific areas of concern may include:

* Indigenous sovereignties
* citizenship;
* borders;
* the law;
* bodies, affect and subjectivity;
* gender, sexuality and reproduction
* religion;
* power and knowledge production;
* writing and other creative arts;
* families;
* professional knowledges and practices in education, health and welfare

Such themes are central to a conference that seeks practical and
politically orientated outcomes. The conference will appeal to people
working in the areas of Indigenous studies, whiteness and critical race
studies, gender/women's studies and sexuality studies, education, law,
history, psychology and social sciences, social work, cultural studies,
media studies, literary studies, philosophy, art and design theory as
as those who are intellectually engaged in community and activist

An invitation is extended to those wishing to present on issues such as
those outlined above to submit an abstract of no more than 200 words,
along with a short biographical statement, by the 31/07/2007 to the
following email address: abstracts2007 at acrawsa.org.au

Conference organisers welcome expressions of interest for the following
presentation formats:

* 'traditional' 20 min papers
* three-paper symposia
* round table discussions
* artistic performances/installations and other forms of information
dissemination that operate outside of the standard 20 minute

More information on submission guidelines, conference details, and
conference publications are available at:

Confirmed keynotes for the conference include Dr. Sara Ahmed on the
of 'The Politics of Good Feeling', Dr. Irene Watson, Dr. Jackie Huggins
and Dr. Tony Birch.
Associate Professor Barbara Baird
Head, Department of Women's Studies
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100 Adelaide
South Australia 5001

Telephone (+61 8) 8201 2331
Fax (61 8) 8201 3350

barbara.baird at flinders.edu.au
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