Urban counter-hegemonies for transforming Madrid (full translation)

For the Lefebvrians!

My Desiring-Machines

Back in April I posted a translation of the first half of this excellent blog post by Álvaro Sevilla-Buitrago. I finally had time to complete the (rough) translation.

Urban counter-hegemonies for transforming Madrid
Álvaro Sevilla-Buitrago (March 8, 2015)
My translation of the original Spanish

Two weeks ago we participated in an event organized by the Right to the City Circle of Podemos that, under the rubric of Reboot Madrid, served as a space of debate to encourage ideas in alliance with Ganemos and Podemos, the formations that – currently and under the name ‘Ahora Madrid’ (Madrid Now) – converged in a joint bid of the popular front in the next elections to the City Council of Madrid. The discussion in the forum on urbanism (there were three more, on local democracy, urban economics, and rights and social inclusion) was animated, with an audience primarily made up of veteran professionals but…

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Summer Reading!

We finished reading Henri Lefebvre’s Critique of Everyday Life Volume II today and the time has come to pick what we want to read over the summer. We’d ideally like to read something over end of June and July and then something else over August and possibly September. There was some discussion on reading something more empirical and maybe by a non-WM scholar, based on which some proposals are:

More Theoretical (but, by non-WM scholars)

  1. A Postcapitalist Politics by J.K. Gibson-Graham
  2. Theory from the South: Or, How Euro-America is Evolving Toward Africa by Jean Comaroff and John Comaroff (A review of the same in Cultural Anthropology)
  3. Ordinary Cities: Between Modernity and Development by Jennifer Robinson (A review of the same)

Empirical (but some WM Scholars)

  1. The Illegal City by Ayona Datta
  2. Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection by Anna L. Tsing
  3. Hard Times in the Marvelous City by Bryan McCann

Feel free to add your nominations for reading for this summer to this list. Also, please vote on what you would like to read in the comments section.

***Mark’s Addition:

We might also consider reading Clastres, as he has some parts in the first book that shifted how I see things.  He is also a major influence on D&G, as well as Graeber, so he would bring together some past threads.  He is, however, a scholar of the WM persuasion.

  1. Society Against the State, by Pierre Clastres
  2. Archeology of Violence, by Le Meme

Protesting Shell — is that Blaine?!

It is.

I saw this image earlier and that sure looks like Blaine on the left, who was in my CHID class two years ago and has participated in Becoming Poor…

Full story here, including a quotation that Mr. Doherty gave to KOMO.

“Shell only has until the end of June to make it up to the Arctic in time to drill this summer. We want to stop them from leaving,” said Blaine Doherty, who is sitting in the road chained to another Seattle resident. “We can’t afford to let Shell drill in the Arctic if we want this planet to remain habitable.”

Well done!