Contesting Displacement: Dispossession/Extraction/Gentrification

A Center for Emerging Worlds Symposium

March 13, 2018

By Alessandra Álvares 

Friday April 13, 2018

Humanities 1, Room 210

University of California, Santa Cruz


From the Center for Emerging Worlds:

"The beginning of the 21st century has been marked by displacement generated by late capitalism and late imperialism. Wars across the globe – from civil wars in Syria and Somalia to drug wars in Mexico and Honduras to imperial wars in Yemen and Afghanistan – uproot populations, forcing them to migrate across land and sea. Mining, irrigation, and logging operations do the same, extracting resources from the ground and, in the process, dispossessing indigenous inhabitants of their lands and their livelihoods. And from San Francisco to London to Johannesburg, gentrification in the name of urban renewal transforms entire cityscapes, evicting working-class, poor, and often nonwhite dwellers to make room for wealthier residents.


This daylong symposium tethers these global processes to their local forms: water depletion and water justice in Navaho Country; gentrification and anti-eviction justice in California; resource extraction and land reclamation across the U.S. Southwest. Bringing together artists, activists, and scholars, we will think through these different but overlapping forms of displacement and dispossession. And, drawing on the collective knowledge of these artists, activists, and scholars, we will generate strategies of collaboration across difference in order to contest them."



Ariel Appel, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Jihan Gearon, Black Mesa Water Coalition

Dylan Miner, artist and associate professor, Michigan State University

Tony Roshan Samara, Urban Habitat

*This event is free and open to the public  


Co-sponsored by

Craig Haney, UC Presidential Chair

The Office of Sustainability, Porter College

The Robert Headley Presidential Chair, Rachel Carson College

The Division of Social Sciences

The Departments of Environmental Studies, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Latin American and Latino Studies, Politics, and Art