[25-4] The right-to-the-city: Financialized Capitalism, Gentrification & Populism

Amsterdam since the 1990s has seen a rapid decline in social housing. The city has been thoroughly gentrified, cheap grocery-stores increasingly replaced by trendy restaurants and coffeehouses and with many residents being pushed out of what used to be working-class neighborhoods. The new and more affluent residents (often referred to as ‘yuppies’) have to take on massive mortgages in order to afford apartments that often used to be social housing. Whose interest is really being served here?

This evening we will start with political economy and the global and then later delve into how the consequences play out locally. We will examine the interaction between global financialization and national systems of housing and finance. How is housing and real estate connected to global economic balances, i.e. the rise of corporate profits and relative decline of the global wage share and the resulting ‘wall of money’: the global pool of liquid assets that seeks investment opportunities? And what about transnational wealth elites that are buying residential properties as an investment rather than a primary residence?

In the second part we will look at the impact of neoliberal housing policy on people’s sense of self. What are the affective consequences on people when a house becomes an investment rather than just a home, and what about the people that cannot make such an investment and who feel they are being displaced? What is the connection between the decline of social housing and neoliberalism and right-wing populism?

Invited guest speakers are Rodrigo Fernandez (Leuven University/SOMO) who is currently involved in a research project on “the real estate/financial complex” and is specialized in tax avoidance, tax havens and shadow banking.

And Paul Mepschen, whose work deals with the politics of belonging, citizenship, and urban politics in Western-Europe. For his dissertation on the politics of autochthony and culture in the Netherlands he carried out ethnograpic research in Amsterdam Nieuw-West, focusing on the plans for the large-scale restructuring of the district.

Door open at 19:30. Starts somewhere after 20:00

 

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[27-3] In Conversation with Combatants for Peace

A last-minute addition to our agenda. Monday we’ll be hosting Combatants for Peace in an event organized by Gate 48 and FFIP. Door is open at 19:30.

 

In Conversation with Combatants for Peace,
Nobel-Peace Price nominees 2017

[English below]

Hoe kies je voor geweldloos verzet wanneer geweld de norm is? Hoe maak je contact met mensen die je vijand zouden moeten zijn?

Een aantal voormalige Israëlische soldaten en Palestijnse strijders stonden voor deze kwestie. Om de vicieuze cirkel van geweld te door breken besloten zij om samen te werken. Zij vormden de Combatants for Peace [CfP] en zijn dit jaar genomineerd voor de Nobelprijs voor de vrede.

Op 27 maart organiseren we een laag drempelige avond met enkele CfP activisten. Kom luisteren naar hun persoonlijke verhalen en hun strategieën voor verandering. Ze zullen het hebben over hun innerlijke conflicten, relatie met hun land en de manier waarop ze naar de toekomst kijken in Israël/Palestina. Je kunt al je vragen kwijt over hoe het conflict hen gevormd heeft, hun manier van geweldloos verzet en de effectiviteit ervan.

Dit evenement met Combatants for Peace wordt georganiseerd door gate 48, FFIPP en het Spinhuis.

Toegang is gratis.
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How can you choose for non-violent resistance when violence is the norm? How can you make a connection with someone who is supposed to be your enemy?

A couple of former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants were confronted with these issues. To break the vicious cycle of violence the contenders united and formed Combatants for Peace [CfP]. They are nominated this year for the Nobel Peace Prize.

On March the 27th we are organizing a low-key meeting with some CfP activists. Come and listen to their personal stories and strategies for change. They will address their inner conflicts, relationship with their country and their view on Israel/Palestine’s future. You can ask them how the conflict has shaped them, their methods of non-violent resistance and its effectiveness.

This event with Combatants for Peace is organised by gate 48, FFIPP and het Spinhuis.

Entrance is free

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Sunday 12 december: Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater

15321461_10154103233047544_849606634_oTitle: Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater
Running time: 48 minutes
Film genre: Documentary
Language: Turkish, English (with English subtitles)
Production: Emek Bizim İstanbul Bizim initiativeПамятники

Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater chronicles one of the most prominent struggles that took place in the heart of Istanbul and paved the way to the Gezi Resistance. It tells the struggle around Emek Theater, which is demolished against people’s consent and common good, and turned into a shopping mall, through the eyes of the activists and spectators. The film consists of the footage people who joined the struggle collected, and in this sense, aims to reflect the commonimagination of the people who defended their right to the city. It carries the idea of a new publicness that gained visibility with the Gezi Resistance to the cinema screen through a political mobilization for cinema itself.

The makers will be there for q&a and we will facilitate a collective discussion afterwards.


Bio of Emek Bizim İstanbul Bizim:
Emek Bizim İstanbul Bizim is an initiative that was formed in 2010 to organize demonstrations and events against the demolition of Emek Movie Theater in Beyoglu, Istanbul. Since 2013, the initiative collected video and sound recordings of the demonstrations, made by activists and various filmmakers, which then turned into the documentary Audience Emancipated: The Struggle for the Emek Movie Theater.

 

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Discussie-avond Recht Op Stad 29-9

Discussie-avond Recht Op Stad 29-9

yuppie city

Aanstaande dinsdagavond organiseren wij een discussie-avond over Recht Op Stad in het Spinhuis over gentrificatie. Dit naar aanleiding van de 1 oktober demonstratie op de Dam donderdagavond die wij met het Spinhuis ondersteunen.

Gentrificatie (Engels: gentrification) is in het kort het opwaarderen van een stad en/of wijk. Sloop, nieuwbouw, grote ontwikkelingsprojecten en stijgende huren drijven de oorspronkelijke bewoners hun huizen uit naar de buitenste ringen van de stad . De daklozen worden uit het straatbeeld verwijderd, bureau toezicht doet zijn intrede, de graffiti wordt verwijderd en ondertussen komen ondernemers en de nieuwe rijkere lagen van de samenleving – de ‘gentry’, oftewel goedverdienende young urban professionals: ‘de yuppen’.

Amsterdam verandert snel. In hoog tempo wordt de voorraad sociale woningbouw afgebroken en wonen binnen de ring wordt steeds minder betaalbaar. De goedkope groenteboer verdwijnt en in de plaats komt een dure koffie-tent met moccachino-latte. Is gentrificatie onvermijdelijk? Wat is de rol van de woningcorporaties en het gemeentebeleid? En wat kunnen we leren van de Amsterdamse geschiedenis van sociale woningbouw, buurtverzet en woonstrijd?

Sprekers:
– Cody Hochstenbach (Stadsgeografie UvA)
– Justus Uitermark (Socioloog UvA)
– Bond Precaire Woonvormen & meer

Na de sprekers is er tijd voor Q&A en open discussie. Vanaf 20:00

FB event hier.

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