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  1. Session 1: Social power and the post political city 14 items
    The first session aims to problematize the spaces of participation vis-á-vis current urban development trends. Urban contestations will be defined and various tactics of civil engagement will be examined, to reflect on their discourses and ability to influence change. This session aims to reveal the different (and competing) notions of democracy, exploring their implications such notions would have when thinking how to respond to urban injustices. In light of these debates, the potential role of technology to enhance social power will be articulated.
    1. Essential readings 2 items
    2. Additional readings 12 items
      1. Participation: the new tyranny? - Bill Cooke, Uma Kothari 2001

        Book 

      2. The Right to the City - David Harvey September–October 2008

        Article 

      3. The ‘Arab Spring’ and the city - Marcelo Lopes de Souza, Barbara Lipietz 12/2011

        Article 

      4. Agonistics: thinking the world politically - Chantal Mouffe 2013

        Book 

      5. Rethinking 'citizenship' in the postcolony - Steven Robins, Andrea Cornwall, Bettina von Lieres 2008

        Article 

  2. Session 2: ‘Everyday’ media practices and the politics of the city 10 items
    This session will interrogate how different social groups have been using media and communication practices to engage with or challenge institutions and decisions in the city. It will consider both the opportunities and challenges presented by the ‘democratisation’ of digital technologies. What does the age of ‘citizen media’ mean for urban governance and planning?
    1. Essential Readings 2 items
      Please see Moodle for this week's essential readings.
      1. Communication Rights - Stefania Milan

        Chapter Essential Digitised reading

      2. From alternative media to citizen's media - C Rodriguez

        Chapter Essential PDF available via Moodle, under Session 2. Can also be found in the Bartlett library 'Short Loan collection' at BARTLETT 344.

    2. Additional readings 8 items
      1. Introduction - Dorothy Kidd, Clemencia Rodriguez

        Chapter 

      2. ‘Repertoires of Action: Mobilizing Inside, Outside, and Beyond’ - S. Milan

        Chapter 

      3. Media practices and urban politics: conceptualizing the powers of the media-urban nexus - Scott Rodgers, Clive Barnett, Allan Cochrane 2014

        Article Recommended E-journal

  3. Session 3: Emancipatory communication practices: contributions to urban politics 10 items
    The session will explore in more detail the interface between debates on the field of information, communication and technologies for development (ICT4D) and the literature on emancipatory pedagogies. The aim is to expand the notion of technologies beyond hardware, and elaborate a set of lens that can be used as a starting point to interrogate various uses of technologies in the expansion of social power. By drawing on a range of case studies the concept of ‘emancipatory communication practices’ will be examined, as a means to stimulate reflection about the various ways that technologies are applied in processes of urban contestations.
    1. Essential readings 3 items
      Please see Moodle for this week's essential readings.
      1. Epilogue - Stefania Milan

        Chapter Essential Digitised reading

      2. Unmasking domination - P Ruiz

        Chapter Essential Digitised reading

    2. Additional readings 7 items
      1. Can we know better? Reflections for Development.

        Book  Read Chapter 5: "Power, participation and knowledge: knowing better together”, pp. 119-148.

      2. The New Anarchists - David Graeber January-February 2002

        Article 

      3. Citizens' media and communication - Jethro Pettit, Juan Francisco Salazar, Alfonso Gumucio Dagron 2009

        Article 

      4. Communication and development: the Freirean connection - Michael Richards, Pradip N. Thomas, Zaharom Nain 2001

        Book 

  4. Session 4: Social media: networks and the digital spaces of urban contestations 18 items
    This session will explore not only the new forms of social change and political democracy that are signalled by the ubiquity of these technologies, but also the interface between digital and physical spaces of contestation that are created through their use. Drawing on the work of Manuel Castells, this session will address the role social media is playing in social movements around the world. The ‘network’ aspect of social media will be particularly examined as a means to critically assess how social media affects the flows of information and power.
    1. Essential readings 2 items
    2. Additional readings 8 items
      1. Abstract hacktivism: the making of a hacker culture - Otto von Busch, Karl Palmås 2006

        Book 

      2. Evil media - Matthew Fuller, Andrew Goffey 2012

        Book 

      3. Media ecologies: materialist energies in art and technoculture - Matthew Fuller c2005

        Book 

      4. Social media: a critical introduction - Christian Fuchs 2014

        Book 

    3. Links 8 items
  5. Session 5: Mapping: connecting urban scales for strategy-making 9 items
    The session aims to interrogate the various power relations shaping and being shaped my maps and mapping initiatives. Drawing on the literature from critical cartography, the process and product of mapping is analysed, especially in terms of how it represents relations and tackles (or not) exploitative processes taking place at various urban scales. Furthermore, the session will explore how participatory mapping can contribute to collective action within wider strategies to bring about social change in cities.
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. Introductory essay: power and politics of mapping - Martin Dodge, Rob Kitchin, Chris Perkins

        Chapter Essential E-book

    2. Additional readings 7 items
      1. Rethinking the power of maps - Denis Wood, John Fels, John Krygier c2010

        Book  Chapter 2: Unleashing the power of maps, pp. 39-67

  6. Session 6: Participatory photography: images and stories of contestations 10 items
    This session will be introducing the principles and practices of participatory photography, and reflecting about its potentials to expand social power. The practice will be considered alongside other uses of visual images and photography in participatory action research and processes of social change in order to critically explore the potentials at large and discuss relevant questions as well as emerging challenges. Furthermore, the session aims to illustrate the ways in which participatory photography can be used for advocacy purposes.
    1. Essential Readings: 2 items
    2. Additional Readings: 7 items
      1. Photovoice as a Social Process of Critical Consciousness - Elizabeth D. Carlson, Joan Engebretson, Robert M. Chamberlain 07/2006

        Article 

    3. Extra resources and examples of participatory photography projects 1 item
  7. Session 7: Participatory video: a tool for community development and empowerment 9 items
    Video is increasingly used in advocacy and is promoted by a range of organisations concerned with human rights and (in)justice. This session will aim to reflect on the processes and products of participatory video and explore its role in influencing the representation and appropriation of places as well as their impact on decision-making processes. It will also explore the ways that participatory video can be combined with social media platforms to explore its potential in generating interactive and integrated forms of narrative production in cities. In doing so, critical issues around empowerment, adequacy, safety, as well as ethical considerations, will be explored.
    1. Essential readings 2 items
      1. Video for Change - T. Askanious

        Chapter Essential E-book

      2. Participatory video that empowers - R. Bery

        Chapter Essential Digitised reading.

    2. Additional readings 6 items
      1. Video for change: a guide for advocacy and activism - Sam Gregory 2005

        Book 

      2. The video activist handbook - Thomas Harding 2001

        Book 

      3. Handbook of participatory video - Elizabeth-Jane Milne, Claudia Mitchell, Naydene De Lange c2012

        Book  Plush, T., 2012, Fostering Social Change through Participatory Video: A Conceptual Framework.

    3. Extra resources and examples 1 item
      1. Extra resources and examples

         

        •    Media for change: https://mediaforchange.org
        •    Insights into participatory video: a handbook for the field: http://insightshare.org/resources/pv-handbook
        •    Communication at the heart of change (video): http://youtu.be/xxFn2Loim9Q
        •    http://womensrightsandthemedia.wordpress.com/
        •    http://www.theplaceswelive.com/
        •    http://socialfilms.org/
        •    http://www.witness.org/
        •    http://www.mediafordevelopment.org.uk/
        •    http://www.insightshare.org/
        •    Videos: http://www.everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/

  8. Session 8: Big data and smart cities: implications to and responses from the Global South 9 items
    Cities are attracting the interest of global technology companies, which are increasingly working alongside local governments on the promise that by integrating their technology infrastructure and networked devices in the urban landscape, they ‘can compute away local problems’ and help authorities and citizens face global challenges, such as climate change, resource shortages, rapid urbanisation and migration. ‘Smart Cities’ is the concept and agenda that epitomises the spirit of this new urban order. This session will explore the concept from the perspective of different stakeholders in urban development and planning. It will put on the table the core debates around the topic and will trigger relevant questions at the heart of the link between technology, urban development, and democracy.
    1. Essential Readings: 3 items
      1. The allure of ‘smart city’ rhetoric - Vanessa Watson 03/2015

        Article Essential E-journal

    2. Additional readings 6 items
      1. Will the real smart city please stand up? - Robert G. Hollands 12/2008

        Article Essential E-journal

      2. Smart cities as corporate storytelling - Ola Söderström, Till Paasche, Francisco Klauser 04/05/2014

        Article 

  9. Session 9: Theatre for development: reflexivity through performance 10 items
    There is a long history of theatre being used in development either by governments, pursuing certain agendas, or by civil organisations, sometimes explicitly contesting the state. Theatre of the oppressed, for instance, gained traction in Latin America and Africa, and its ideas and practices continue showing its relevance today. Apart from revisiting key notions, practices and methodologies, participants will be asked to elaborate and perform a play that reflects certain aspect(s) of their journey in the module. In this way, the session hopes to use theatre as a mechanism of reflexivity.
    1. Essential readings 2 items
      1. Chapter 2 : Perspectives - Zakes Mda

        Chapter Essential Digitised Reading

      2. Theater for development - David Kerr

        Chapter Essential E-book

    2. Additional readings 8 items
      1. Theatre of the oppressed - Augusto Boal 2008

        Book 

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