Control Societies Speaker Series
Lecture Title: "Hayek in the Cloud: Cognitive Conservatism and the Evolution of the Smart City"
Speaker: Elvin Wyly
About Elvin Wyly:
Elvin Wyly is Professor of Geography and Chair of the Urban Studies Coordinating Committee at the University of British Columbia. He studies the relations between market processes and state policy in producing and reinforcing urban social inequalities. His approach blends elements of critical social theory, legal and policy analysis, and multivariate quantitative methods designed to engage state and corporate institutions on their own terrain, with their own data. Current and recent research projects focus on class, racial, and gender discrimination in housing finance in the U.S. urban system; the transformation and financialization of implicit and explicit housing subsidies; the role of transnational financial circuits in the reconfiguration of segregation, displacement, and gentrification; historical and contemporary conflicts between positivist and nonpositivist modes of geographical knowledge production; the quantitative algorithmic evolution of competitive dynamics among and within educational institutions; housing affordability and the evolution of suburban development in Canadian and U.S. cities; the implications of mass social networking for urban and geographical theory; and the cybernetic political epistemologies of resurgent White nationalist racism in Trump’s America.
He has served as Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Urban Geography (2005-2015). Recent publications include “Emplacement and the Dispossessions of Cosmopolitan Capital” (Geoforum), “Gentrification on the Planetary Urban Frontier: The Evolution of Turner’s Noösphere” (Urban Studies), “Make America Housing Great Again” (Housing Policy Debate), and “Planetary Kantsaywhere: Cognitive Capitalist Universities and Accumulation by Cognitive Dispossession” (City).
About Control Societies:
Control Societies was started as part of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s initiative on Culture, Society, and Critical Policy Studies in order to feature and engage cutting edge scholarship on the enumerating acts of governmentality in computational culture and the incalculable possibilities of justice. For the 2017/2018 academic year, the School of Social Policy & Practice will continue its speaker series in partnership with the Annenberg School for Communication, which produces scholarship on the social, cultural, economic, and political implications of digital information and communication technologies, networks, and systems. Through the speaker series, the organizers aim to explore the philosophical foundations of algorithms, data, and their intersections with governmentality, surveillance, social policy, and the reconfiguring of power relations.