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SEMINAR| Re-evaluating Spatial Justice: Normative Cornerstones for a Just Society



Start Date

23 May 2016 5:30 pm

End Date

23 May 2016 6:30 pm

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An Institute for the Study of Social Change and School of Land and Food seminar

presented by

Associate Professor John Carr, University of New Mexico

This research presentation seeks to begin to offer a preliminary normative framework for what a spatially just society might look like. My analysis is based on the premise that current destructive patterns of consumption and production have faced few serious political or cultural challenges in part because of a lack of compelling alternative approaches to producing fair, equitable and compelling societies. And as well documented by human geographers, the barriers to creating a truly fair society are formidable precisely because human geographies are inherently unequal – with every place having unique and uneven accessibility to scarce resources, exposure to hazards and cultural meanings. Accordingly, I draw upon existing geographic scholarship to offer conceptual cornerstones for what a spatially equitable vision for human thriving might look like.

John Carr is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of New Mexico. He received his PhD in Geography at the University of Washington, and his J.D. at the University of Texas. His research focuses on the politics of urban public space, with a focus on legal and urban planning processes. He is particularly interested in the ways that place-based cultural resources can offer directions forward for sustainable economic and environmental development. He recently completed an Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury.

Monday 23 May 2016, 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Harvard Lecture Theatre 1, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus

Dr Louise Grimmer for more information or directions to the venue

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