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Master Class with Prof. Dr. Rivke Jaffe (University of Amsterdam)

6 December 2019 , 14:00 -16:00 VUB Etterbeek campus - Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, room tbc

Rivke Jaffe’s research focuses primarily on intersections of the urban and the political, and specifically on the spatialization and materialization of power, difference and inequality within cities. She is interested in how urban problems such as poverty, crime and environmental degradation are linked to social differentiation along lines of ethnicity, class and gender. She studies how inequalities are constructed, reproduced and transformed through urban policy, market forces and social movements, and how the colonial past shapes cities of today. Prof. Jaffe has conducted extensive fieldwork in Jamaica and Curaçao on environmentalism, urban space and the politics of difference, and led an ERC research project on the emergence of Public-Private security assemblages in in Kingston, Jerusalem, Miami, Nairobi and Recife, exploring questions on the role of non-state and non-human actors in the (re)production of governance and citizenship.

The Speaker
Prof. Dr. Rivke Jaffe is Professor of Urban Geography at the University of
Amsterdam, whose work connects geography, anthropology and security studies.
We invite PhD Researchers and post-doc researchers in fields of urban
citizenship, security and policing studies, political ecology, environmental
anthropology, urban mobilities or urban inequalities to participate in this Master
Class. Researchers will be invited to briefly share key points of their own research
and prepare questions for Prof. Jaffe.
PhD Researchers attending the event are entitled to 1 credit in their Doctoral
training programme.
Following the Master Class, participants will be invited to continue to Prof. Jaffe’s
StadsSalonsUrbains lecture at the Beursschouwburg in Brussels City Centre
(17h30-19h30), for her talk titled ‘Security Technology and the Politics of Failure’.
Please send an email to or before
Monday, November 25th