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Summer Class: Cities of the Global South

Cities of the Global South

May 19, 2015

Cities of the Global South
URBDP 498B/598B
A-term (June 22nd-July 22nd)
MW 10:30am-12:20pm
Gould 208J

Since the end of the twentieth century, a majority of the world’s largest urban agglomerations are located outside the Global North, in the Global South where the largest and fastest wave of urbanization in human history is now underway. This urbanization also means that despite widespread economic dynamism, the global pattern of poverty, informality and exclusion is acquiring a more urban face in the Global South.

  • What do the cities of the Global South tell us about the contemporary urban condition?
  • How is urban space produced and experienced in an era of great inequality and instability?
  • What processes shape the Cities of the Global South?

To address these and other such questions, in this course we will explore urban lives and spaces across cities in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The course will include works in anthropology, geography, urban studies, and planning and documentary film. Both Graduate and Undergraduate students welcome. Please register before June 3, 2015 or class may be cancelled.

Instructor: Susmita Rishi (