Event December 3, 2015

Narratives of Inclusion: can cities help us live together?

December 3, 2015 
18:30 – 20:00 GMT
Venue: London School of Economics, Sheikh Zayed Lecture Theatre
The event will be live-streamed and presentations will be available on the website www.lsecities.net

Narratives of Inclusion São Paulo, Brazil
© by Tuca Viera

Cities like New York, Rio de Janeiro and Mumbai are booming. Things seem to be going well for these cities. But who exactly is it going well for? Eminent urban sociologist Richard Sennett and author Suketu Mehta raise questions of identity, grounding and belonging in the contemporary city.

By exploring the urban experiences and narratives of migrant communities and their inextricably linked connections with both their new and their home environment, this debate will consider one of the greatest challenges for any city builder today: how do we form a community within these enormous, historically unprecedented, and continuously mobile agglomerations of people?

Can we create cities and neighbourhoods which perhaps are not fully inclusive but at least are not exclusive to particular groups? How can we live better together in the 21st century city, these 10…20…60 million people living side-by-side, and on top of each other?


Thomas Matussek, Director, Alfred Herrhausen Society


Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science and New York Universtiy, Chairman, Advisory Board, LSE Cities
Suketu Mehta, author The Maximum City, Associate Professor of Journalism, New York University


Tessa Jowell, former MP and UK Government Secretary of State, Professor in Practice, London School of Economics and Political Science

Global Debates series to celebrate ten years of the Urban Age programme

LSE Cities and Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, in association with Guardian Cities, is holding a series of public Global Debates to celebrate ten years of the Urban Age programme. The debates will discuss five core themes that have been the focus of research and debate at the Urban Age since 2005. 

About Urban Age

Not unlike urbanisation itself, the Urban Age project is about the flows of ideas, people, information and resources. At its centre lies the intellectual question of how the physical and social are interconnected in cities.

By investigating the urban dynamics in different regions of the world – with vastly diverse patterns, scale and speed of urbanisation – the Urban Age attempts to both chronicle and reflect on what it means to live in the contemporary city. Since 2005, the project has held conferences in 13 different cities in four continents and developed an interdisciplinary methodology that forms the core of its research and outreach activities.

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