Spaces of ContestationSpaces of Contestation: Art, Activism and the City Speaker Series

Talk 1
Scarcity Makes the City by Geoff Mann
October 22, 7pm
World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward’s

The first talk in the Spaces of Contestation series, Scarcity Makes the City, features Vancouver-based economic geographer Geoff Mann. Looking at how modern political economy affects social relations and our experience of everyday life, Mann will discuss how contemporary capitalist dynamics shape Vancouver’s urban context, and the pasts, presents, and futures that weave it together.

Geoff Mann is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Director of the Centre for Global Political Economy at SFU. His research focuses on macroeconomic governance in the affluent global North, especially the ways in which monetary and fiscal policy affect and are affected by economic and ecological crisis, and their relationship to the range of social arrangements we call ‘democracy’. He is the author of Disassembly Required: A Field Guide to Actually Existing Capitalism (2013), and Our Daily Bread: Wages, Workers, and the Political Economy of the American West (2008).