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Book presentation 'Cities in global capitalism'

Thursday, 19 October, 2017 - 11:00 to Thursday, 19 October, 2017 - 13:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Science and Bio-engineering Sciences
Griet Juwet
Research Seminar
Cosmopolis organizes a lunch seminar with Ugo Rossi, presenting his recent book titled 'Cities in global capitalism'. 
In what ways are cities central to the evolution of contemporary global capitalism? And in what ways is global capitalism forged by the urban experience? Ugo Rossi's book provides a response to these questions, exploring the multifaceted dimensions of the city-capitalism nexus. Drawing on a wide range of conceptual approaches, including political economy, neo-institutionalism and radical political theory, this insightful book examines the complex relationships between contemporary capitalist cities and key forces of our times, such as globalization and neoliberalism. Taking a truly global perspective, Ugo Rossi offers a comparative analysis of the ways in which urban economies and societies reflect and at the same time act as engines of global capitalism. Ultimately, this book shows how over the past three decades capitalism has shifted a gear no longer merely incorporating key aspects of society into its system, but encompassing everything, including life itself and illustrates how cities play a central role within this life-oriented construction of global capitalism.
Speaker: Ugo Rossi - Università degli Studi di Torino
Ugo Rossi is a tenured academic researcher at the University of Turin in Italy, where he teaches Economic Geography, Creative Cities and Multiculturalism, and Research methods in critical urban studies.