The Right to the City

The Talking Shop is a new discussion forum organised by the Campaign for the Old City Arts Building, the Provisional University and Dublin Housing Action, but open to everyone. Our first session looks at The Right to the City. Seomra Spraoi 6.30 Monday 16th of May

Through our various projects we’ve come across the need to create time and space for the kind of political discussion that we usually don’t have time for within our campaigns.

We’ll take a different idea in each session and have an open and relaxed discussion, without trying to reach agreement or action. Each session will have a brief introduction.

We believe that, given the exhaustion of older forms of radical politics, today political action needs be accompanied by ongoing discussion and reflection, in order to develop new ideas and strategies that can make a difference here and now. The Talking Shop is also a space of ‘autonomous education’, it offers and alternative to depoliticised was in which learning generally takes place in college.

1st Session- The Right To the City

Anyone living in Dublin over last decades can see that today the city itself is at the centre of social transformation and in particular the expansion of neo-liberalism. In this context the ‘right to the city’ has been proposed as an important demand for social movements. In this session we’ll look at the politics of cities today (property crisis, gentrification, NAMA etc.) and talk about the right to the city as a way of fighting back.

People might want to read David Harvey’s Right to the City (although it’s a bit academic).

You can also check out this video of Harvey talking about ‘accumulation by dispossession’


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