Meeting each week 1500h-1700h

29 January in Wates House room 517 Introduction:
New and Old Urban Questions – Periodizing Protest and Theory; Neo-Haussmannization and Its Discontents
No special preparatory reading needed. Synoptic diagram here: Marxist Urban Dialectic

Pluto press blog by Andy M. setting out The New Urban Question.

5 February in Wates House room 517
Collective Consumption and the Reproduction of the Urban System
Reading: Castells, The Urban Question (Edward Arnold, 1977), chapters 5 & 6, pp73-95 and “Afterword, 1975,” pp437-471; Louis Althusser, “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses,” in Lenin and Philosophy (New Left Books, 1971), pp123-173 Louis_Althusser_Lenin_and_Philosophy; and Merrifield, Metromarxism (Routledge, 2002), chapter 6, pp113-132

12 February Bentham House b10 Seminar Room 4-8 ENDSLEIGH GARDENS, LONDON, WC1H 0EG
Land Markets, Rent and Finance Capital
Reading: David Harvey, “Class-Monopoly Rent, Finance Capital and the Urban Revolution,” Regional Studies, 1974, vol.8, pp238-251 Harvey class monopoly rent; Harvey, The Limits to Capital (Verso, 1999 ed.), “The Land Market and Fictitious Capital,” pp367-372 ; and Harvey, A Companion to Marx’s Capital Volume 2 (Verso, 2013), “Introduction,” pp1-35. Added by M.E.:  Lapavistas, C (2013)   The financialization of capitalism: profiting without producing, City 17(6): 792-805 free download

19 February (reading week for some students) room 517 Wates House
Lean Urbanization
Reading: Merrifield, Dialectical Urbanism (Monthly Review, 2002), chapter 2, pp19-51 and chapter 4, pp75-99;  merrifield ch2 canned heat & merrifield 4 LA Labor and Merrifield, “The Canary Wharf Debacle,” Environment and Planning A, 1993, pp1247-65
26 February Wates House room 517
Urbanization After 9/11
Reading: Harvey, The New Imperialism (Oxford University Press, 2003), Chapter 4, “Accumulation by Dispossession,” pp137-183; and Merrifield, The New Urban Question (Pluto, forthcoming, 2014), chapter 10, “Whose City? The Parasites, of course…” Exchange between Ben Fine, fine 06 Robert Brenner brenner 06 and David Harvey harvey 06 comment in Historical Materialism

5 March  Roberts Building, Room 110, opposite Waterstones, Torrington Place
Urban Protest and Possibility
Reading: Merrifield, The Politics of the Encounter (University of Georgia Press, 2013), chapter 4, pp54-72 and chapter 5, pp73-90; and Merrifield, The New Urban Question, chapter 6, “Urban Jacobinism” and Andy Merrifield (2012): The politics of the encounter and the urbanization of
the world, City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 16:3, 269-283 or here: A M Politics of the Encounter. Althusser’s “philosophy of the encounter” althusserfoucault.
Sam adds: Attached are two PDFs as suggested readings on commons and commoning. One is a short piece by Nick Dyer-Witheford on “the circulation of the common” (Andy – I think this resonates with your “circulation of revolts” point at the end of politics of encounter). The second is a discussion with Massimo De Angelis and Stavros Stavrides in which they talk more about the practices of commoning, and more concretely about its political significance in contemporary struggles.on the Commons and Commons2006

12 March no meeting

19 March Cruciform building Foyer 101 Seminar Room 1. This is the red brick former UCH hospital building opposite UCL main gate on Gower Street. The room is immediately above the entrance foyer.
Speaking Out: Intellectuals For and Against the City
Reading: Merrifield, The New Urban Question, Chapter 1, “Whither Urban Studies?” (text will be supplied by author); and Edward Said, Representations of the Intellectual (Vintage, 1994), chapter 1, “Representations of the Intellectual,” pp3-17 (A podcast of this essay, read by Said himself in 1993 can be found here.  )

26 March Wates House room 4.01
Reclaiming Democracy, Taking Back the Urban
Reading: Merrifield, “We Must Demand a Rent Tax,”; and Henry George, Poverty and Progress [1879], Book VIII, Chapter II, “How Equal Rights to the Land May Be Asserted and Secured”; and Merrifield, The New Urban Question, “Afterword: The Parasitic Mode of Urbanization” ( will be supplied by author)