Actions and Detail Panel
Endangered City: Securing the Future in Bogotá - Austin Zeiderman
Wed 25 January 2017, 16:00 – 17:30 GMT
Endangered City: Securing the Future in Bogotá
London School of Economics
This talk will focus on the multiple ways in which governing logics of security and risk are shaping the cultural, social, and political life of contemporary cities. Drawing attention less to the direct experience of violence or danger, I will highlight how the anticipation of future threats conditions, often indirectly, the domain of politics and government, the relationship between the state and the citizen, and the city as a political community. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in the self-built settlements on the periphery of Bogotá and among the municipal government agencies active in these areas, I will discuss how the future becomes the common ground of both urban politics and government—both the state and the urban poor engage in projects to make and remake the city within an anticipatory domain. I will conclude by offering reflections on the politics of security and the government of risk, and their implications for contemporary cities and urban life.