2018-19 Sawyer Seminar - Claiming the City: urban citizenship, hybrid cultures, & governance in the modern era


Fall Schedule 

All events in International Institute Seminar room (Sequoiah Hall 103) on Friday mornings: 9am-12pm on discussion days and 10am-12pm on invited speaker lecture days 

October 12 - James Holston (Anthropology, UC Berkeley) "Metropolitan Rebellions and the Politics of Commoning the City."

October 26 - Discussion of indigenous municipalities in Bolivia in preparation for John Cameron's visit, led by Nancy Postero

November 9 - John Cameron (International Development Studies, Dalhousie) "Saying No to Indigenous Autonomy in Bolivia: Pragmatism, Hybridity and Alternative Modernities at the Grassroots."   

November 16 - Marik Shtern (Sociology, UCSD post-doctoral visiting scholar) "Between the Wall and the Mall: Israelis and Palestinians in post-Oslo Jerusalem" (10am)

November 30 - Discussion of art, literature and urban spaces - "Of Other Cities: Heterotopic Sociality" - led by Ameeth Vijay  (9am)           

Full Sawyer Seminar schedule with details on readings

Winter Schedule  

January 11 - Discussion in preparation for Austin Zeiderman's visit, led by Kevan Malone (UCSD History) and featuring Skype call with Eli Elinoff (Victoria University of Wellington)

 January 25 - Austin Zeiderman (Dept of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics) "In the Wake of Logistics: On Time, Race, and Labor in Colombia"   

January 28 to February 24: Art and Gentrification Exhibit, co-sponsored by Institute of Arts and Humanities                                   

February 15 - Discussion in preparation for Abidin Kusno's visit, featuring discussion and presentation by Christina Schwenkel (UC Riverside)

February 22 - Abidin Kusno (Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University) "Notes on Semi-Urbanism"

March 1 - Discussion in preparation for Fiona McLaughlin's visit, led by Sharon Rose (UCSD Linguistics), featuring presentation by Suzanne Scheld (CSU Northridge)

March 15 - Fiona McLaughlin (Linguistics & Languages, Literatures & Cultures, U. of Florida) "Urban language in urban theory: Dakar Wolof as infrastructure"

March 22 - Discussion in preparation for AbduMaliq Simone's visit, led by Sharon Rose (UCSD Linguistics)

Full proposal for the Sawyer Seminar

UCSD International Institute Sawyer Seminar Graduate Fellows

Noni Brynjolson (Visual Arts)

Noni Brynjolson is a PhD Candidate in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. Her research analyzes socially engaged art practices in US cities that respond to uneven urban development through experimental forms of community building. She is interested in looking at how artists address the politics of housing and gentrification through their work, as well as the informal practices that emerge within these projects. Noni is a member of the editorial collective of FIELD: A Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism, and has published writing in FIELD as well as in the books Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (edited by Heather Davis, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017) and Craft on Demand: The New Politics of the Handmade (edited by Anthea Black and Nicole Burisch, I.B. Tauris, forthcoming 2019). She has curated several exhibitions, including On the Beach: Art and Public Space on the California Coast at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 2014. 


Kevan Malone (History)

Kevan Malone is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at UC San Diego. He received his BA at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and an MA in American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His dissertation in progress, The Magnetic Frontier: Migration, Metropolitan Growth, and the Making of the US-Mexico Border, 1920-1997, examines the political ecology of transborder metropolitan growth in the San Diego-Tijuana region, considering what it means that these “twin” cities grew increasingly interconnected during a period in which the United States erected barriers on the international boundary between them.


UCSD International Institute Sawyer Seminar Post Doctoral Fellow

Emilio de Antuñano

As a historian of Latin American cities, I am broadly interested in the social, political, and cultural forces that shaped urbanization in the twentieth century. I received my Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago in 2017. My dissertation, “Planning a ‘Mass City’: The Politics of Planning in Mexico City, 1930-1960,” interrogates Mexico City’s transformation into a “megacity” through the lens of urban planning, particularly the planning of the seemingly informal and anarchic peripheries of the city. My book project, The Shape of a Megalopolis: Urban Growth in Mexico City, 1910-1960, examines the competing visions of the government, intellectuals, and popular groups that ultimately shaped Mexico City’s built environment. In addition to providing a fine-grained social history of the actors that negotiated the building of, and allocation of rights to, the city, my research casts light on the theoretical framework that made this process legible. My research and teaching interests also include the history of migration, the relationship between the social sciences and state policies, and the history of urban planning and architecture.


Recent publications include:

“Mexico City as an Urban Lab.” Journal of Urban History. Prepublished April 12, 2018 (Online before print).