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neo-provincialism: definition(s)

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For the third meeting, we will draw on our previous two discussions to formulate a more precise definition of "neo-provincialism" and determine whether or not, and in which circumstances, this term carries any purchase.

An optional text to skim would be chapter 8, "The Future of London," of Ebenezer Howard's book Garden Cities of Tomorrow: However, in this last class we will try to focus more on the social and political aspects of neo-provincialism and take a departure from the formal aspects of urban agriculture as our primary example. 

In our last meeting, the primary question was "How do we formulate an understanding of 'the rural' or 'provincial' from the perspective of the urban?" We considered this by rethinking rural-to-urban development tendencies with Gustavo Torres as our fellow-traveller. It became evident, however, that these terms "rural" and "urban" were not so stable in terms of cultural and shared social understandings.

For this meeting, we might want to shift our focus to consider the social and political implications of neo-provincialism: As a tendency underlying new forms of public life and new forms of city development, what might neo-provincialism make possible? And what does it inhibit? is neo-provincialism, as the GDR's construction minister said of the garden city, something that will prevent it's subscribers from political action? Or, simply, is neo-provincialism pre-political?

Please feel free to make suggestions of readings, images, or videos for us to consider during this meeting. Anyone is welcome to join this meeting, even if you have not been to any of the previous meetings. In any case, please do browse the related tumblr before Saturday afternoon: This will continue to be updated throughout the week.

Further readings:
Bruno Latour, We Have Never Been Modern (1991/1993)
Bill Mollison, Permaculture One: A Perennial Agriculture for Human Settlements (1978)
Theodore Kaczynski, "Unnamed essay" (1971)
Tiqqun, Introduction to Civil War (2010)
Derrick Jensen, Endgame (2006)
"Occupy! The OWS-Inspired Gazette" numbers 1 through 5 (Edited by n+1)
Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 16:00
Archive Books , Dieffenbachstraße 31, 10967 more
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I also recommend this documentary, you can just download it from the website:

nice text, maybe this video as a nice example of the creative class:

This is late notice, but if you are able to manage, please read Martha Rosler's text, "The Artistic Mode of Revolution: From Gentrification to Occupation" in preparation for the meeting on Saturday. 

Paying particular attention to Rosler's characterization of suburban virtues and identity formation in relation to modes of occupying livable, "local" cities, we can ask: What is the ideological function of neo-provincialism?

This text could also be useful in situating neo-provincialism in relation to the spatial implications of strategies used to restore profitability since the 1960s: mechanization, delocalization, financialization, and precaritization.



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