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PPV #17: Re-Centring the City


1pm EST / 5pm GMT

Book launch. Re-Centring the City: Global Mutations of Socialist Modernity

Download a free copy of the book here.

Is architectural "monumentality" and "palatiality" still relevant in the 21st century? What role does "centrality" play in the cities of today? Do we belong to Culture One, Culture Two, Culture Three, Culture Tree or Culture Free? What does socialist modernity have to do with the above?

Join scholars, architects, and artists for the launch of the co-edited volume Re-Centring the City: Global Mutations of Socialist Modernity (co-edited by Jonathan Bach and Michal Murawski). This transdisciplinary volume frames global high modernity through the lens of the socialist city, refracting London, Mexico City and Chennai through the prism of Moscow, Kyiv, Simferopol and the former Polish shtetls (among others). By re-centering the experiences of the ‘Global East’ it challenges our understanding of world urbanism. The event features special guest comments from Solomon Benjamin, Keller Easterling, Jennifer Robinson, and Kimberly Zarecor and short interventions from many of the authors from around the world.

This event is co-hosted by Yale University (Macmillan Centre: Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies), UCL (Perverting the Power Vertical (PPV); the FRINGE Centre; the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) and the Institute for Advanced Studies); The New School (Global Studies Program); and UCL Press. The publication emerged from a UCL Grand Challenges grant awarded in 2016.

With introductory remarks from Professor Diane Koenker (Director, SSEES); Professor Douglas Rogers (Faculty Director of Program in Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies at Yale; Professor of Anthropology); and Dr Ian Scott (Director of Grand Challenges and Cross-Disciplinary Development, UCL).


Solomon Benjamin is Professor of Urban Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai.

Keller Easterling is the Enid Storm Dwyer Professor of Architecture at Yale.

Jennifer Robinson is Professor of Geography at University College London.

Kimberley Zarecor is Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University.


Jonathan Bach is Professor of Global Studies at the New School, New York.

Michał Murawski is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Critical Area Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London.

For details of the volume contributors, and to download a free PDF copy of Re-Centring the City, please click here. Contributors participating at the launch include: Clem Cecil, Andreas Schönle, Vladimir Paperny, Daria Paramonova, Owen Hatherley, Jonas Tinius, Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, Kuba Snopek, Natalia Romik, Jennifer Mack, Tom Wolseley, Patrick Neveling, Pushpa Arabindoo, Joy Gerrard, Adam Kaasa, Yevgenia Belorusets

Please register for the event here.

Download a free copy of the book here.


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