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Parks and Technology

Join the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation in welcoming Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris to discuss her research and new report, SMART Parks: A Toolkit.

The evening event will include a reception, presentation, panel discussion, author Q&A, and book signing.

Featured speaker: Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris

Panelists: Tamika Butler, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, Norma E. Garcia, Los Angeles County (moderator); and Colin Martin, Cisco.


China and the Global South: The Question of Hegemony

Many see the Chinese economic miracle as an illustration of an alternative model of development to the neoliberal orthodoxy. It is also assumed that China’s increasing economic and political involvement in the Global South, from its Asia neighbors to countries in faraway developing regions, challenge American domination. In this paper, I argue that China’s export-oriented developmental miracle is in fact a constitutive part of the global neoliberal order, and is made possible by unique conditions difficult to be replicated in other places.

Spatial Mobility in the Chinese Bureaucracy: A Model and Empirical Evidence

Spatial mobility among officials has been an important mechanism of political control in China’s governance. We propose a model of stratified mobility across administrative jurisdictions to explain patterns of spatial mobility in the Chinese bureaucracy, and develop related concepts, typologies, and measures for our empirical analyses. We illustrate our theoretical arguments using empirical findings of spatial mobility in a large bureaucracy—local governments in one province of China, from 1990 to 2008.

The Lisu: Far from the Ruler

The Lisu: Far from the Ruler brings the ironic worldview of the Lisu to life through vivid, often amusing accounts of individuals, communities, regions, and practices. One of the smallest and last groups of stateless people, and the most egalitarian of all Southeast Asian highland minorities, the Lisu have not only survived extremes at the crossroads of civil wars, the drug trade, and state-sponsored oppression but adapted to modern politics and technology without losing their identity.

Coup, Emergency and Constitutional Referendum: The Rule of Law Under Pressure in Turkey

In Turkey, the State of Emergency declared following the attempt of Coup d’Etat of July 2016 is still reigning. The constitutional amendment which were accepted by the Referendum of April 2017 and which has shifted the government from a parliamentary to a presidential system has been made under the conditions of this emergency. The real aim of the amendment seems to fortify President Erdogan’s capacity to govern the country solitarily in a case where his party cannot reach the majority in Parliament in the next elections.

'Indian Given: Racial Geographies Across Mexico and the United States and Somewhere Else' by Dr. Maria Josefina Saldaña-Portillo

Maria Josefina Saldaña Portillo is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU and Visiting Professor of English at UC Berkeley. She is the author of The Revolutionary Imagination in the Americas and the Age of Development (Duke University Press, 2003). Indian Given was awarded the Best Book Award from the National Association for Chicano and Chicana Studies (NACCS) in 2017.

Professor Saldaña's presentation addresses the imbrication of NAFTA, narcos, and the legacy of the indio bárbaro.

Reflections on Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention

Thistalk offers a unique opportunity to think through the arguments of JaskiranDhillon’s new book Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, andthe Politics of Intervention (University of Toronto Press, 2017). PrairieRising provides a series of critical reflections about the changing face ofsettler colonialism through an ethnographic investigation of Indigenous-staterelations, with a careful and deliberate focus on the lives of Indigenousyouth, in the city of Saskatoon, Canada.

Book Talk: UC Davis historian Andrés Reséndez's The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

Andrés Reséndez is the author of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, winner of the 2017 Bancroft Prize. It was also a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and 2nd longlisted for the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction.

"Black, Brown, and Powerful", an Institute on Inequality & Democracy Event

In Los Angeles and elsewhere, black and brown communities face multiple forms of banishment and exploitation. At this event, convened by the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin, we share and discuss research and activism to analyze structures of urban displacement, racialized policing, criminal justice debt, forced labor, and the mass supervision and control of youth. But unequal cities are also where freedom dreams are created and enacted.


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