The Spirit of the City

Tue, 01/07/2014 to Fri, 04/07/2014
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Avner de-Shalit (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)


The basis of this workshop is previous research conducted by Avner de-Shalit and Daniel Bell, and published as a book, "The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age" (Princeton UP 2012). The main thesis of this work is that due to Globalism, states subject their policies to the demands of the market, to international organizations, etc., and in the process lose their traditional role of providing a source for particular political identities. Into this vacuum cities arise, and are therefore attempting to shift more and more political power from the states to the cities.

The book limited itself to metropolitan cities in the developed world. The workshop aims to ask whether this can be extended to metropolitan cities in the developing world (e.g. Nairobi), in less developed societies (e.g. Istanbul), and to smaller size cities (e.g. Aix-en-Provence, Salonika).



Jeremy Adelman (Princeton University)
Nir Barak (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Daniel Bell (Tsinghua University)
Gilles Campangolo (CNRS)
Katri Carmola (Middlebury College)
Susan Clarke (University of Colorado)
Yaron Enosh (Journalist)
Wang Hui (Tsinghua University)
Parag Khana (Hybrid Reality Institute)
Joy Mboya (Nairobi Center of Art)
Daniel Schwartz (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Avner de-Shalit (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Cui Zhiyuan (Tsinghua Unviersity)