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Final Reminder | 12th Wheelwright Lecture | Susanne Soederberg

by Martijn Konings on October 14, 2019
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Final Reminder | 12th Annual Wheelwright Lecture in Political Economy

Professor Susanne Soederberg (Department of Global Development Studies, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario)

Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney

17 October, 2019: 6:00 – 7:30pm (drinks and bookstall in the Foyer beforehand from 5:15).

Entrance: Free

Registrations: http://bit.ly/UrbanCapitalism

Displacements: Governing Spaces of Surplus and Survival in Urban Capitalism

The scarcity of affordable rental housing has become a defining social issue with an increasing number of impoverished households embroiled in a vicious cycle of rental housing insecurity marked by over-indebtedness (rental arrears), evictions and homelessness. The latter has hit a crisis point in Europe, as more people – especially migrants, refugees, and single-parents – are being displaced from rental homes due to insufficient or irregular income. Indeed, poorer tenants often pay more than 40 per cent of their net disposable income on rent, which often leads to them cutting back on vital expenses such as food, heat and transportation.

To engage the current dynamics reshaping rental housing as a place for the social reproduction of the working poor within financial capitalism, my talk draws on an empirically grounded analysis of Berlin, Dublin and Vienna. I argue that historical and geographical configurations of monetised power, including landlords, employers, and inter-scalar state practices have served to reproduce rental housing insecurity and silence its gendered, class and racialised underpinnings.

Susanne Soederberg is a Professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario Canada. Dr Soederberg’s research interests are broad and varied, ranging from global development finance, global governance, corporate power, debt, urban poverty, and state theory. She has investigated these themes across many geographical spaces across the global North and global South, including Latin America, Southeast Asia, North America and Europe. Among numerous scholarly publications and special issue editorships, Dr Soederberg has authored several books, including two award-winning monographs, Corporate Power in Contemporary Capitalism (2010) and Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry (2014). Through the generous financial support of the Social Science Humanities Research Council of Canada, Professor Soederberg is currently completing a book monograph on Urban Displacements: Governing Surplus and Survival in Global Capitalism (2019)from which her Wheelwright Lecture extensively draws.

The previous Wheelwright Lectures have been delivered by Walden Bello (2008), Jim Stanford (2009), Fred Block (2010), Sheila Dow (2011), Diane Elson (2012), Susan George (2013), Leo Panitch (2014), Erik Olin Wright (2015), David Ruccio (2016), Katherine Gibson (2017), and Alfredo Saad-Filho (2018).

Martijn Konings
Martijn Konings works in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Development of American Finance (Cambridge University Press, 2011), The Emotional Logic of Capitalism: What Progressives Have Missed (Stanford University Press, 2015), Neoliberalism (with Damien Cahill, Polity, 2017) and Capital and Time: For a New Critique of Neoliberal Reason (Stanford University Press, 2018). With Melinda Cooper, he edits the new Stanford University Press series Currencies: New Thinking for Financial Times.

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