Beyond the City Walls (Part 1): The Politics of Resentment

  • Starts: 11:00 am on Monday, October 18, 2021
  • Ends: 1:30 pm on Monday, October 18, 2021

Cities are vibrant centers of innovation and change. In most places, however, cities themselves are mostly defined by archaic boundaries sometimes originating in the mists of history that bear little relationship to current realities. Problems such as congestion, pollution, and the availability of affordable housing cross city boundaries.

Beyond the City Walls: Overcoming Shared Urban Challenges and the Politics of Resentment is a two-part event that will first address political tensions between cities and the more rural parts of their regions that are often “left behind” communities. The wave of populist politics that has swept economically advanced democracies in the last 10 years has many aspects; one central theme has been antipathy to metropolitan cities and their more liberal values. Beliefs that leading metropolitan centers take more than their fair share of resources—including tax revenue—and dominate culturally have been critical elements in fueling populist movements. Understanding and finding a way to alleviate these tensions is important for the future of cities.

11:00AM: Welcome [Graham Wilson, Boston University]

11:10AM: Local Voices Network Project [Katherine Cramer, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Deb Roy, MIT]

11:50AM: The Metropolis and Its Critics:

1. The yellow vests and anti-Paris sentiment in France [Vivien Schmidt, Boston University]

2. The collapse of the “red wall” and antipathy to London in the UK [Janet Laible, Lehigh University]

12:30PM: Representation of Cities vs. Suburbs in Literature/Popular Culture [Andrew Robichaud, Boston University]

12:50PM: Q&A with audience

1:15PM: Closing Remarks [Graham Wilson, Boston University]

Hillel House; 213 Bay State Road; Bay State & Castle Rooms (4th Floor)

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