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Putting Cities First

Wednesday 6 December
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Are cities just a background for human life or are they a causal or explanatory force shaping social life itself?

In his lecture, Edward W Soja, Visting Professor LSE Cities Programme and Professor of Urban Planning UCLA, will go against the longstanding tendency among social scientists and social theorists to see the city only as a place where or in which, things happen.

Here he will use an urban explanation to rethink some of the most revolutionary moments in human history, ranging from the earliest development of agriculture to the globalization and economic restructuring processes that are transforming the modern metropolis.

This lecture is free and open to all. No ticket is required. For further information on this event and forthcoming lectures organised by the LSE Cities Programme, please contact Michelle Langan on 020 7955 6828 or email architecture@lse.ac.uk| .


Journalists are invited to attend this lecture.

To confirm attendance or for further information please contact Michelle Langan, LSE Cities Programme, on 020 7955 6828 or email architecture@lse.ac.uk|

Notes for Editors

  • Professor Edward Soja is a visiting professor from the Department of Urban Planning, School of Public Policy and Social Research, UCLA. His works include: Postmetropolis : Critical Studies of Cities and Regions ; Thirdspace; Journeys to Los Angeles and Urban Theory at the end of the Twentieth Century ; and Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory .
  • The Cities Programme is an international centre open to architects, engineers, city planners, social scientists, community groups, public servants and leaders in the private sector. The LSE Cities Programme offers degree courses at the Masters, and the Doctoral levels. It aims to relate urban design to urban society through teaching, research and consultancy.

6 December 2000