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Jonathan Bach

Economic Zones and Urban Imaginations

CAS Public Colloquium | Wednesday, 26 June 2013  | 05:00 pm
Date: Wednesday, 26 June 2013  | 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Speaker: Jonathan Bach  (The New School, New York, USA)
Organization: Centre for Area Studies (U Leipzig, Germany)

Abstract:
This talk examines the rise of the export zone as a cultural phenomenon along with its economic and political logics. The Zone is a key location for understanding the social and cultural impact of globalization on urban space, especially in the context of the “developmental” state in post-colonial East Asia. We will explore how, in little over 40 years, the phenomenon of the Zone became veritably institutionalized as part of the topography and imagination of globalization as a territorial strategy that re-scales national economic and political space and enables the networked models of distributed production so critical to the global economy. This account is then critically supplemented with cultural analysis by re-thinking the Zone as an incipient urban form – the Ex-City – that incorporates classically modernist fantasies in the setting of post-colonial urbanism.