Becoming subjects in and through the city: The Arab youth of Abu Dhabi

Location: Online
Language: English

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Laure Assaf's lecture poster from the Youth on the Move lecture series - yellow and black text on a white page with a colour photograph of a person with long brown hair against a grey backdrop

Laure Assaf (NYU Abu Dhabi) will give an online lecture, ‘Becoming subjects in and through the city: The Arab youth of Abu Dhabi’, at 15:00pm (GST) on the 30th November 2023.

This is part of the ‘Youth on the Move: Performing Urban Space in the Global South‘ virtual lecture series, an interdisciplinary dialogue on Urban Africa and Asia from October 2023 – January 2024.

‘Youth on the Move: Performing Urban Space in the Global South’ observes emerging socio-spatial practices of youth in African and Asian contexts, and examines their modes of moving and meaning-making through an embodied politics of performance. While ‘youth’ indexes a range of people across spectrums of class, gender, caste, including from (im)migrants, labour, women, early career researchers or students; practices of movement are oriented towards livelihoods, home making, political action or trans-local migration or even artistic expression. How, why, and what are the multiple meanings of youth performing in Southern urban space? How do these different or shared practices of (im)mobility on the move inter-relate with or cross-refer each other? The project gathers urban scholars, architects, artists, curators and local youth groups from Asia and Africa for a collective contemplation through in-depth dialogues on unpeeling the multi-layered, mobile ‘Southern urbanity’.

Organisers: Ying Cheng, Min Tang, Anuj Daga

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Dr Ruth Massey, International Fellowship

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