Cities have never been neutral spaces. They are in constant flux, and the very embodiment of politics in action. While we’re used to seeing cities as sites of resistance and revolutionary possibility (e.g. Stonewall, Black Lives Matter, Anti-War protests), we tend to overlook the politics of the built environment itself. Cities are not merely containers for social action or politics, but political projects in and of themselves.
With this in mind, this Olio will focus on the ways that cities not only hold gendered spaces, but function with a gendered logic. This Olio hosted by professor Lauren Hudson will think through the relationship between gender, urban space, and labor, from the advent of the suburbs, to ‘pink-collar ghettos’, and suburban McMansions. We will outline the difference between ‘feminine’ cities and ‘feminist’ cities and ask, what does a feminist city look like?
*This Olio is free and open to the public! Please RSVP so we can add you to the guestlist*
Teacher: Lauren Hudson
Lauren Hudson is a peer educator with the Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York, an organization that she and other collective members of SolidarityNYC, a solidarity economy advocacy collective, co-founded. In addition to her organizing work, she is a recent PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center and an adjunct in Africana Studies at CUNY’s John Jay College.
Venue: Federal Hall
26 Wall St, New York, NY 10005
Federal Hall is where George Washington took the oath of office as the USA's first President, and the site was home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. The current structure, a Customs House, later served as part of the US Sub-Treasury. Now, the building serves as a museum and memorial to our first President and the beginnings of the United States of America
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March 16, 202012:30 p.m.
March 16, 2020
Think Olio | What Does a Feminist City Look Like?
Cities are not merely containers for social action or politics, but political projects in and of themselves. Join Lauren Hudson at Federal Hall as we think through the relationship between gender, urban space, and labor.