Date Mar 8, 2011
Time 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location Lucy Ellis Lounge: Room 1080, Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews, Urbana
Speaker Serife Genis, Visiting Asst. Professor, Dept. of Sociology
Contact Angela Williams
Phone 217-333-2258
Sponsor Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

The global city approach has played the leading role not only in providing a framework for recent scholarship on the relationship between globalization and cities but also in shaping policy agendas of many powerful public and private actors and institutions around the globe. Similar to many major metropolises around the world, in Turkey too, the national and urban actors have taken the global city discourse as a basis for urban planning and growth policies with significant socio-spatial consequences. This presentation focuses on the global city discourses and policies adapted and implemented in Istanbul and their impact on the citys social and physical landscapes. The case of Istanbul is utilized to launch a critique of global city scholarship which, according to critiques, has been overly economist, globalist and even positivist overlooking the fact that global city-making has become an urban development project propagated and implemented by national and urban political and economic actors.