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Metropolitan Preoccupations – The Spatial Politics of Squatting in Berlin, by Alexander Vasudevan

Monday, 5th October, 2015    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop*
14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH

metropolitan PreoccupationsTonight, Alexander will introduce and discuss his new book, “Metropolitan Preoccupations”, the first book-length study of squatting in Berlin.

Alexander Vasudevan examines the everyday practices of squatters in the city and how they speak to wider and enduring questions about the relationship between space, culture, and protest. The book reconstructs the complex and uneven history of squatting in Berlin from the extra parliamentary protests of the late 1960s and early 1970s to contemporary struggles over gentrification and other forms of urban restructuring.
It places particular emphasis on the making of a radical urban politics and draws attention to the inventive geographies produced by squatters as both a protest against housing precarity and as a search for alternative forms of shared city life.
Building on current debates about the “right to the city” and the role of grassroots activism in shaping new sites of autonomy and solidarity, Metropolitan Preoccupations offers a fresh critical perspective that combines detailed empirical research with conceptual innovation.
At stake here, the book concludes, are important questions about the implications of urban squatting for how we think, research, and inhabit the city. Drawing on extensive fieldwork conducted in Berlin and elsewhere in Germany and making full use of a range of archives previously uncited in English, this new study will be essential reading for anyone working in the fields of urban studies and human geography.

Alexander Vasudevan is Assistant Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography at the University of Nottingham, UK. A co-editor of Practicing the Archive: Reflections on Method and Practice in Historical Geography (with E. Gagen and H. Lorimer, 2007) his work has been published in several prestigious journals, including Antipode, Cultural Geographies, Environment and Planning A and D, Progress in Human Geography, and Social and Cultural Geography. His current research focuses on radical politics, urban squatting and the wider geographies of contemporary precarity.

Admission for this event is £3 and refreshments will be available.

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