From Spatializing Culture to Social Justice and Public Space: A Journey from Research to Action with Setha Low - Shareable

From Spatializing Culture to Social Justice and Public Space: A Journey from Research to Action with Setha Low


Online Event


Mar 03, 2021 - Mar 03, 2021

12:00 PM

UTC/GMT -05:00 - America/New_York


In this presentation, I trace my journey from the ethnographic study of the Latin American plaza and the development of the theory of spatializing culture to becoming a public space and social justice activist. I concentrate on the methodologies and research experiences that transformed my professional practices and the theoretical insights along the way. I conclude with a brief presentation of the Toolkit for the Ethnographic Study of Space that brings together all of these themes.

Register here: Coming soon About the speaker: Professor Setha Low is a Distinguished Professor of Environmental Psychology, Geography, Anthropology, and Women’s Studies, and Director of the Public Space Research Group at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and currently trains Ph.D. students in the anthropology of space and place, urban anthropology, the politics of public space, the social production of the built environment affect and emotion, and anthropology of the body. She has been awarded a Getty Fellowship, an NEH fellowship, a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, a Future of Places Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for her ethnographic research on public space in Latin America and the United States. Setha is widely published and internationally recognized and translated for her award-winning books on public space and cultural diversity. Her most recent publications are Spatializing Culture: The Ethnography of Space and Place (2017), Anthropology and the City (2019), and Spaces of Security (with M. Maguire) (2019). This spring (2019) she undertook staff training on public space and social justice at UN-Habitat in Nairobi, Kenya, and lectured on the public space and civic life at the Strelka Institute in Moscow, Russia.  Her commitment is to both research and engagement to create a more just and inclusive city.


This event is part of a special eight-session series hosted by professor Julian Agyeman (Co-chair of Shareable’s Board), Cities@Tufts, and Shareable.
Initially designed for Tufts students, faculty, and alumni, the colloquium has been opened up to the public with the support of Shareable, The Kresge Foundation, and Shift Family Foundation.
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