《城市烏托邦國際工作坊》The international workshop on URBAN UTOPIANISM

即使現今我們中的大多數人已生活在城市中,可是這個世界仍然在驚人地飛速的城市化。當大部份的政策擬定者埋首於凡塵俗務暈頭轉向, 同時也宣告「烏托邦的終結」。他們所制定的政策在許多時候只不過是舊瓶新酒,不單無法應付不斷繁衍的城市問題,反而生產更多的城市「災難」。事實上,我們要是缺乏對烏托邦的想像,我們實在無法討論,城市該如何向前的遠景。

正如文化地理學者David Pinder指出,烏托邦的視野,是透過想像有別於現狀的城市和城市生活,表達我們對更美好的生存和生活方式的熱切追求。而城市烏托邦,根據馬克思地理學者David Harvey所言,是一種如何因應著具體時空脈絡的辯證法, 審視資本主義的歷史地理脈搏,梳理其內在矛盾,並探討如何植根於這些矛盾以設立集體機制和文化形式,實踐更美好和公義的城市和生活。

香港浸會大學地理系將 舉行《城市烏托邦國際工作坊》,邀請了來自不同國家,包括印度、日本、中東、芬蘭、德國、英國和美國等的學者,分享不同的地方的實踐,也在理論層面上,提出對城市的不 同想像、協商和實踐。工作坊的前半部份,從藝術、城市、科學、社區、社會行動者和媒體在當中的定位、潛力和經驗,重申城市空間的意義和政治性。後半部份, 以不同的城市實踐,包括城市的低下層、露宿者、住屋和日常生活等,思考城市的替代方案和異質空間。誠如Henri Lefebvre所言,世界已被資本主義的商業邏輯和國家治理所操控;然而,在支配性的絕對空間之外,還有異質空間正在揭示著空間的矛盾,而這正正就是烏托 邦的所在,也是希望的所在。

 誠邀你參與《城市烏托邦國際工作坊》:

日期:2011年5月12至14日

地點:香港浸會大學逸夫校園林護國國際會議中心(NAB211)

主辦單位:香港浸會大學地理系

查詢:tammywong111@gmail.com

Today, while most of us have already lived in cities and towns, the world is still urbanising at an alarming rate. While most of the policy-makers are busy with mundane, daily life, they advocate the ‘end of utopia’. On many occasions, policies are merely old wine in the new bottle. They cannot merely tackle many burgeoning urban problems. Even worse, many policies, once implemented, create more problems than they were intended to resolve. In sum, without any utopian vision, it is difficult to debate about the way that our cities should proceed in the future.

 The utopian perspective, according David Pinder, is one that involves “the expression of desire for a better way of being and living through the imagining of a different city and a different urban life”. David Harvey charts a course to construct the future, or what he calls a ‘spatiotemporal utopianism’. This approach underscores a study of the historical geography of capitalism to provide clues as to how a dialectical utopian project can be grounded in both the present and the past. In particular, it requires us to unravel the internal contradictions and then consider how to develop the collective mechanisms and cultural forms necessary for the realisation of alternative urban visions based on these contradictions.

 This international workshop invites speakers across the world. It provides detail cases of experiment and argues conceptually different ways to imagine a different city. Sessions cover the different roles of art, urban, community, science, media, etc. in mobilising and defending utopian thinking, countering hegemonic spaces and ideologies, as well as redefining urban questions and politics. Alternative practices are presented, including housing for the homeless, everyday life, and other social spaces. For Henri Lefebvre, the world space has been colonised by commodity capitalism and state management and planning. Yet, out of the isotopias in urban space, there are heterotopias developed out of contradictions. This is where our utopia, the differential space, is developed.

 <The international workshop on URBAN UTOPIANISM >

Date: 12th – 14th May 2011

Venue: NAB 211 (2/F), Lam Woo International Conference Centre, Shaw Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University

Organizer: Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University

Inquiry: tammywong111@gmail.com

All are welcome.

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