Metrópolis. Urban crisis, peripheries and activist research looks at some of the social, political and economic processes that global metropolises are experiencing and that seem to be leading to an irremediable urban crisis of unknown proportions. The seminar analyses the slowly accumulating effects of a dominant political regime that has been in place for the last thirty years. This point of departure refers not only to a new form of governmentality that has gradually adapted the "urban" and "social" to market conditions, but it also refers to a class system that has, on the one hand, turned the urban government into a mere board of directors that protects its own interests, and that, furthermore, has taken advantage of the new global framework as a form of pressure and discipline in opposition to any other urban alternative. The consequences are the processes, now thoroughly analysed by critical geography and sociology, of social polarization, the dismantling of the welfare state, increasing precarity and also financial and fiscal crisis. In addition, this seminar rejects the concept of periphery (understanding this term in both geographical and social terms), as a negative - yet also ambivalent - projection of neoliberal governing practices. Naturally, the hypothesis explored here is that the territory of the so-called peripheries is precisely where the future of cities will be played out. These crisis territories par excellence (in terms of exclusion, marginalization, expropriation and politics of control) are also places with remarkable potential (in terms of novelty and other possible cities).
Metrópolis. Urban crisis, peripheries and activist research is part of the Program for Advanced Studies in Critical Practices, which is intended to serve as a catalyst, with the hope of bringing about critical mass and articulating lines of thought capable of addressing the complexities of contemporary art and culture.