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Dissertation workshop: “Social Mobility, Inequity and City in the Global South”

June 21, 2013 - 00:00-June 22, 2013 - 00:00

3rd Joint Dissertation Workshop
University of Copenhagen and New York University

In 2012, the annual World Economic Forum at Davos convened under the
theme of ‘the great transformation’ wrought by economic
liberalization in Asia, Africa and Latin America. In 2013, the UNDP
Human Development Report, The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a
Diverse World, similarly argues that rapid progress in the Global
South is driving a historic shift in global dynamics, lifting
hundreds of millions out of poverty, bringing billions into a new
global middle class, In the dark shadow of the unfolding economic
crisis in the Global North, this optimism focuses on ?emerging
markets? where the gains of liberalization are said to have built new
foundations for prosperity anchored in vast expanding consumer
populations. Nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America are now
routinely showcased for global investors and policymakers as success
stories ‘opened up’ by structural adjustment and economic reforms.
Such direct linkages between state policy and social progress have
been debated throughout modern history but are now particularly
poignant as a world financial crisis and mounting social inequity and
disruption generate social costs that call into question the capacity
of ‘free markets’ and neo-liberal economic reforms to sustain human

Cities are focal points for the social mobility and prosperity that
signify ‘the rise of the South,’ and also highlight the social
immobility and deprivation that produce our planet of slums and
agrarian and environmental crisis. In this multi-disciplinary
dissertation workshop, we focus on the inequity of globalization in
and around urban centers of the global South, from various
theoretical and empirical perspectives, including but not limited to
fields of history, sociology, anthropology, political science,
political economy and development studies. We invite PhD students who
have completed substantial dissertation research on any aspect of
urbanized inequity in the world of globalization to discuss their
work at a two-day workshop in New York City on 21-22 June, 2013.

Prospective participants should send (1) a letter describing their
research and reasons for joining the workshop, (2) a curriculum vita,
and (3) a short writing sample drawn from their dissertation, in one
combined PDF file email attachment, to David Ludden
[email protected]<[email protected]<Dissertation workshop: “Social Mobility, Inequity and City in the Global South”


June 21, 2013 - 00:00
June 22, 2013 - 00:00