Bike-Book-Machine does Radical Municipalities
A little bit of rain made us all cosy inside—an aborted afternoon of pedalling meant more time spent with the collection at Frontyard. Special guest conversationalists today were Dr Louise Crabtree and Marco Cuevas-Hewitt bringing together their curiosity and insight into notions of becoming human in the context of spatial politics and land value and various alternative definitions to ownership from custodianship, commoning and stewarding. Provocations included:
How can/do local initiatives become the incubators for future imaginings of how we can do politics?
What is the role of the imagination in politics?
How can we foster hope in the work of politics?
New structures and new ways of doing things often require new ways of being or becoming human. What changes are required for the definition of the human subject in order to make these shifts?
You can find the audio from the event here
Bios of guests————————————-
Louise was awarded her PhD in Human Geography from Macquarie University in 2007 and has been with Western Sydney University since 2007. Her research focuses on the social, ecological and economic sustainability of community-driven housing developments in Australia; on the uptake of housing innovation in practice and policy; on complex adaptive systems theory in urban contexts; and, on the interfaces between sustainability, property rights, institutional design and democracy. Her recent and ongoing projects focus on two practical areas funded by a series of competitive research grants — community land trusts and participatory mapping methodologies. Both are being used to simultaneously foster social innovation and equity outcomes on the ground, and explore and build theory on multi-stakeholder governance, decolonisation, property law, resilience and citizenship. Louise’s work on resilience and governance in community housing was the basis for her receipt of the inaugural Housing Minister’s Award for Early Career Researchers in 2009
Marco Cuevas-Hewitt is a writer, researcher, cultural theorist, lapsed anarchist, and imminent PhD graduate in anthropology and sociology from the University of Western Australia. Having recently relocated from Perth to Sydney, he now works as a Policy & Research Officer for the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council. He also maintains an independent writing practice on the side, with interests in countercultures, movements for social and environmental justice, and the philosophical question of how newness enters the world. Current projects include publishing his thesis as a book, a series of essays on race in Australia, and overcoming political depression.