Amanda Huron – Carving Out the Commons – BlogTalk Radio Interview Today

My show will start at 4:30 today with Amanda Huron – Carving Out the Commons http://www.blogtalkradio.com/at-the-edge-thinkculture/2018/12/05/amanda-huron–carving-out-the-commons

Provoked by mass evictions and the onset of gentrification in the 1970s, tenants in Washington, D.C. began forming cooperative organizations to collectively purchase and manage their apartment buildings. These tenants were creating a commons, taking a resource—housing—that had been used to extract profit from them, and reshaping it as a resource that was collectively owned and governed by them. In Carving Out the Commons, Amanda Huron theorizes the practice of urban commoning through a close investigation of the city’s limited-equity housing cooperatives. Drawing on feminist and anticapitalist perspectives, Huron asks whether a commons can work in a city where land and other resources are scarce, and how strangers who may not share a past or future come together to create and maintain commonly-held spaces in the midst of capitalism. Arguing against the romanticization of the commons, she instead positions the urban commons as a pragmatic practice. Through the practice of commoning, she contends, we can learn to build communities to challenge capitalism’s totalizing claims over life.

Author Bio

Amanda Huron is an associate professor of interdisciplinary social sciences at the University of the District of Columbia, in Washington, D.C. She is an urban geographer with a particular interest in housing, gentrification, the decommodification of land, and the history of Washington, D.C. Amanda serves on the board of Empower D.C., a citywide community organizing group that works to empower low- and moderate-income District residents, with a particular focus on anti-displacement work. She is a native of Washington, D.C.’s Ward One.

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At the Edge: Tzynya L. Pinchback, Poet & Visionary – Go to iTunes & download right now!

At the Edge: Tzynya L. Pinchback, Poet and Visionary 08/08 by At the Edge An Afrofuturist Salon | Blog Talk Radio.

 

Followup to Tzynga L. Pinchback interview: Part One (re Bianca Dorsey)

Many thanks to Guest Bianca Dorsey, an artist who will be one of the artists participating in the art exhibit,  Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore.  Many listeners requested information on her work, so here it is:

Bianca’s work and many other artists’ work will be on view at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Historic Charleston, SC from August 28 through October 28, 2012.  Her paintings can also be seen at : http://bianca.dorsey.brooklynartist.com/

Bianca’s art jewelry can be seen at: www.amajewelry.com

 

Go download my new episode At the Edge with Dr. Alondra Nelson-then get her book!!!

Big thanks to @alondra! Listen to my new episode At the Edge: Dr. Alondra Nelson, Scholar & Author at http://tobtr.com/s/3499737. #BlogTalkRadio Go get her book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the FIght Against Medical Discrimination at Amazon! And don’t forget to check out Dr. Nelson’s Facebook page with archival information!