To anyone in the London area:

Distinguished Professor Mitchell will be visiting QMUL School of Geography for two events that may be of interest:

1.  14th David M. Smith Annual Lecture: “Revolting New York: How 400 Years of Riot, Revolt, Uprising, and Revolution Shaped a City"
Thursday 30th November 2017, 6.30-7.30pm
Drapers Lecture Theatre, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS.
The lecture is free and open to all, but advance registration is encouraged:<>.  More details below.

2. Postgraduate seminar: ‘Marxist political economy for the exploration of city space’
Friday 1st December 2017, 10am-12pm
City Centre Seminar Room, QMUL Geography , Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS.

This seminar is for all interested postgraduates on the uses of Marxist political economy for the exploration of city space. As a springboard for discussions, Don has circulated a chapter-in-progress entitled 'Boise, ''Africa'', and the Limits of Capital', which will form part of a forthcoming book on homelessness and public space. The seminar promises to be a very exciting opportunity to discuss the spatial dynamics of the city, social reproduction, and the circulation of capital in the built environment, with one of the world's leading Marxist geographers. All postgraduates are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please email Faith Taylor ([log in to unmask]) to register your interest

Lecture abstract:
"Riots, revolts, uprisings, and revolutions have been a near-constant and a decisive force in shaping New York City's landscape. From the revolt of the Munsee Indians in the 1640s to Black Lives Matter in the present, political and social tumult has - to a far larger degree than is usually appreciated - determined flows of investment, neighborhood restructurings, and everyday life of the metropolis. Drawing on research begun by Neil Smith and his students in a seminar on the Geography of Revolution and now nearing publication, I will show how one of the determinants of the morphology and meaning of the urban landscape is revolt and riot, uprising and revolution - anarchists exploding bombs, gardeners claiming empty lots and holding them militantly, the inchoate rage of looters, the occupation of buildings, massive marches, violence by police and protesters. There is at play in the making of the landscape, I will contend, a constant dialectic of spatial form and social revolt, and it is important to understand this dialectic if we want to understand the making of cities as well as the possibilities for social justice in them. Or, as the Harlem Renaissance writer Allain Locke suggested, the 1935 Harlem riot - and by extension other moments of upheaval - was "a revealing flash of lightning." Revolting New York - both the book and my remarks in this talk - tells the story of the city as it has been not only revealed by such lightning flashes, but also and especially how it has been remade by the lightning strikes of revolt.  In doing so, I think, it makes palpable just how power is built into the landscape - and why. Through both descriptions of revolt large and small as well as historical-geographical analysis (and lots of images), this talk will not only show the remaking of New York's landscape, but also why it is vital to understand such remaking within the totality of long-term historical change."

Don Mitchell is Professor of Cultural Geography in the Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University and Distinguished Professor of Geography Emeritus at Syracuse University, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, the University of Pennsylvania, City University of New York, and the University of Oslo. His work focuses on historical and contemporary struggles over urban public space (especially as they relate to homelessness, political protest, law, and policing), the relationship between labor and the geographical landscape (especially as it relates to migrant farmworkers in California), and the geographical of culture (especially as it is rooted in historical-materialist and political-economic processes). Along with the late Neil Smith, he is the General Editor of the forthcoming Revolting New York: How 400 Years of Riot, Rebellion, Uprising, and Revolution Shaped a City (University of Georgia Press, 2018).  Mitchell is the author of five books, including They Saved the Crops: Labor, Landscape and the Struggle over Industrial Farming in Bracero-Era California (2012) and The Right to the City: Social Justice and the Fight for Public Space (2003) and is currently at work on a book called Mean Streets: Homelessness, Public Space, and the Limits to Capital. He is also the author of more than a hundred journal articles, book chapters, and essays and has been a recipient of MacArthur, Guggenheim, and Fulbright Fellowships and the Anders Retzius Medal in Gold from the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography.

This public lecture is free and open to everyone, but you are encouraged to register ahead of the event. Registration details can be found here:<>

Best wishes,

Regan Koch


Dr Regan Koch
School of Geography
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS
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On Tue, 14 Nov 2017 at 00:09, Regan Koch <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
Dear Faith,

That’s great to hear.

I just checked the room booking system and the room is free on Dec until 1pm.  I’ve gone ahead and booked it from 10-1pm—we can adjust this if needed.  For future reference—you’re more than welcome to use as a doctoral student for any tutorials/events you’re organising, it’s on QMPlus under staff information zone.

It would be good promote the seminar to other students at QMUL, more broadly within the DTP (to students at Kings, and maybe Imperial), and then perhaps even further with a post on crit-geog, urban-geog, stadtkolloquium etc.  It might draw in a few more students to the seminar, but it’s also a good way to promote his talk the night before and more generally to showcase some of the efforts moving through the School and the City Centre.

If you’d like to do this, that would be great--I can help with wording and circulation if needed

To get started, would you mind writing a short blurb for the workshop that we could sent out.  I’m attaching the flier for the talk, which I’m sure you’ve seen—the two can go together in the same email to those forums.

Let me know what you think and we can ideally get this out in the next few days.   Oh, and yes, it would be nice to have a copy of the chapter.  Thank you.

Best wishes,


From: Faith Taylor <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
Date: Monday, 13 November 2017 at 5:51 pm
To: Regan Koch <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
Subject: Re: Don Mitchell

Hi Regan
Yes- we decided to do a seminar about Marxist political economy to explore space in the city. Don has sent me a chapter he is working on about homelessness, which I'll circulate among interested PG students as a springboard for discussion. I can forward it to you too. Do you think we'll be able to use the City Centre Room?



On Mon, 13 Nov 2017 at 17:47, Regan Koch <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
Dear Faith,

Did you ever hear back from Don Mitchell?  I was wondering how the planning for a post-graduate workshop with him was going.

Best wishes,


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