How do migrants shape the cities we live in? How do migrants’ presence and agency relate to pressing urban challenges, such as gentrification and lack of affordable housing? In this event, Ayşe Çağlar and Sophie Gonick reflect on these and other questions that bring the migrant experience to the center of how we understand urban politics and transformation. Both authors’ works refute popular assumptions of migrant communities as situated at the margins of society and in need of integration. Instead, they shed light on migrants’ social relationships, religious practices, entrepreneurialism, and political leadership that make up the urban fabric and pave the way for social change.
The event will be structured around a conversation between Çağlar and Gonick on their recent books:
- Sophie Gonick: Dispossession and Dissent: Immigrants and the Struggle for Housing in Madrid. 2021. Stanford University Press
- Ayse Çaglar and Nina Glick Schiller: Migrants and City Making: Dispossession, Displacement, and Urban Regeneration. 2018. Duke University Press.
May 3, 2022 – 4:30pm EST
- Ayse Çaglar, Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna
- Sophie Gonick, Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU