City Talks: Timothy Mitchell on the Materialities of Political Economy and Colonial History
I am re-blogging this very interesting interview with Timothy Mitchell that draws together representation, the material turn and colonial history. Its been posted at Jadaliyya, an independent ezine produced by ASI, the Arab Studies Institute
In this first installment of City Talks, Omar Jabary Salamanca and Nasser Abourahme discuss with Timothy Mitchell his latest work and his ongoing thinking around questions of urban political economy and political theory. More specifically, we learn about his use of the term "capitalization" and what it might mean for thinking about the built environment. Mitchell also reflects on the role of public space during the Arab uprisings, issues of urban and rural informality, as well as the ways the "material turn" and close attention to the technical help us see colonialism in different ways.