City Talks provides a platform for conversations around the social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental transformations that define the historical and contemporary geographies of the Middle East and beyond. Bringing together voices from critical scholars, activists, and artists, it seeks to explore the ways racialized, gendered, and class-based social orders come into being, materialize, and are resisted through the fabric of bodies, space, and time.
In this second installment of City Talks, Hiba Bou Akar and Hun Kim discuss with Ananya Roy her trajectory of scholarship on urban informality, gendered poverty, social movements, and postcolonial urban theory. Ananya Roy is a Professor of Urban Planning and Social Welfare and inaugural Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Luskin School of Public Affairs. She is the author of numerous influential works in urban geography, including "City Requiem Calcutta: Gender and the Politics of Poverty," and "Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development."