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Building urban spaces through discourses and practices of commoning

Research profile seminar, Lecture

Seminar within the seminar series Linguistic, Cultural and Social Perspectives on Urban Change, co-arranged by the Department of Languages and Literature, the Department of Swedish och the Department of Cultural Sciences. All interested are welcome!

This workshop examines the multidimensional interplay between linguistic practices and the configuration of urban space in current social movements. By analysing how communicative practices shape and are shaped by urban space, we will increase our understanding of vital contemporary processes, such as the conformation of social and urban spaces, the proliferation of new linguistic and communicative practices, and the emergence of new social movements and political subjects. In order to do that we will focus on the current movement of the commons, which represent today a ¿counter-movement¿ of resistance that arises to stop the commodification of spaces and resources (Polany, 2004; Rayner, 2017), and is consequently becoming a political issue. Within this commoning attempt, we will explore the essential role of language in the social transformation accomplished by an outstanding experience of urban commoning, the Ingobernable, a social centre with significant social and political support in the heart of Madrid, occupied in 2017 when the public administrations put the building at the service of the interests of the market.
The first focus of the analysis of this experience is to show how new discourses, language practices and repertoires are needed to recover commodified urban spaces, and to prefigure deep social change, such as inclusive forms of participation and constituent processes towards self-government. Furthermore, as communicative practices are also common resources, they can be the object of commoning themselves, particularly in multilingual communities and international networks. Thus, in the second focus of the analysis we will address the possibility of commoning language (e.g. language exchanges and free language classes; translator brigades; ¿polyglot dialog¿, ¿receptive multilingualism¿, inclusive communication protocols) within experiences of social transformation.

In the last part of the workshop, we will reflect together about the complexity of the interplay among the practices under examination: social (transnational mobilisation and contestation), spatial (mobility, occupation and development of communication network) and communicative practices (participative, multilingual and hybridised in signage and speakers' public contributions, performances and interaction, new ways of production and circulation of discourses).

Lecturer: Luisa Martin Rojo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Date: 10/10/2019

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Categories: Research, Kulturstudier, Linguistics, Humanities, Language

Organizer: institutionen för språk och litteraturerlitteraturer, institutionen för kulturvetenskaper och institutionen för svenska språket

Location: Faculty of Arts, Lundgrensgatan 1B

Contact person: Johan Järlehed

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-08-08