1 April | Gravensteen Lecture | Cities of the Settler Revolution: Is Urban Conflict and Segregation in the USA, South Africa, Algeria, and Israel Connected?

We are pleased to announce that Carl Nightingale (SUNY Buffalo) will deliver the April Gravensteen Lecture. All are welcome.

Date & Time   
1 April 2016

Gravensteen, Room 11
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden

Reception to follow at the Faculty Club Brasserie

Cities of the Settler Revolution: Is Urban Conflict and Segregation in the USA, South Africa, Algeria, and Israel Connected?

Some of the world’s most divided and notoriously conflictual cities are located in societies founded as settler colonies. Can we say, therefore, that these conflicts fundamentally connected? This talk will at once embrace and explode settler colonial theory as a means to enhance a transnational or what I call a "diascalar" urban history. In particular it asks how theoretical ideas such as the combination of migration and territorial conquest, the idea of permanence, the distinction between settler and sojourner colonies, the "triangular" settler-metropole-native political order, the identity of settler, and the thesis that colonial settlement is more enduring than formal imperial institutions all help us understand connections, disconnections, similarities, and differences between the urban politics of four settler cities: Chicago, Johannesburg, Algiers, and Tel Aviv. Affirming the crucial role of cities in settler colonialism, it interprets the foundational dialectic between conquest, conflict, and radically complex practices of segregation in these examples by historicizing notions of conquest, permanence, and settler; by embracing deep variation and complexity in the politics of settler cities; by highlighting connections and divergences with "sojourner" colonial cities; and ultimately by reaffirming the crucial relationship between urban political theater and metropolitan institutions—as well as "the imperial" more generally--in the longevity of urban settler colonialism.

Speaker Bio

Carl Nightingale is Professor of Transnational Studies and American Studies at the University of Buffalo, SUNY. Nightingale has published numerous articles on the intersections of urban history, world history and critical race theory in the American Historical Review, the Journal of Social History, and the Journal of Urban History among other places. He is also the author of the weblog “Global Segregation: Human-Made Obstacles to Human Movement across Oceans, Borders, and Urban Space” (globalsegregation.com).

Carl Nightingale’s most recent book "Segregation: a World History of Divided Cities." University of Chicago Press, 2012) is the co-winner of the 2012 Jerry Bentley Prize in World History from the World History Association and the American Historical Association. The book traces the spread of practices of racial segregationist in cities from their most ancient roots through the rise of racial segregation as a global phenomenon in the years from 1700 to the present. It ties together primary research on cities in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas with an extensive synthetic reading of the history of urban politics worldwide.

New projects include the history of scholars’ explorations of the origins of race; transnational analysis of ideologies of race and sex in British, American, and French settler societies; and the history of Johannesburg and Soweto.

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