Ashley Dawson’s free and public presentation, Extreme City, looks at attempts to build resilience in New York following Hurricane Sandy, asking what such efforts say not just for other cities such as Miami but about the shape of the urban future in general. As Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy demonstrated in New Orleans and New York, vulnerability to “natural” disasters is above all a social calculus. At the same time, they are also riven by social and political conflicts.
Ashley Dawson is Professor of English at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He is the author of Capitalism and Extinction (forthcoming), The Routledge Concise History of Twentieth-Century British Literature (2013), and Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain (Michigan, 2007).
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