Sep 26, 2014
During a very busy two weeks of teaching and lecturing at MIT-DUSP, our friend and colleague Professor Ananya Roy (UC Berkeley) very generously agreed to spend some time in dialogue with us at the Urban Theory Lab. Along with her podcast interview, Professor Roy led a wide-ranging discussion of her work with Urban Theory Lab researchers and other close associates during a lunchtime seminar. Key topics of discussion included her approach to postcolonial urban theory and “Southern” theory, the question of worlding cities, the status of theory in urban research, the nature of critique, the question of reflexivity, and recent debates in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research regarding the status of “the city” as concept and reality. This exchange was an extremely productive opportunity to brainstorm together about some of the many epistemological, substantive and political challenges with which the field of critical urban studies is today confronted. We look forward to continued dialogue with Professor Roy as she develops innovative new approaches to urban theory and research in the years ahead.