David Harvey, Domenico Losurdo and Moishe Postone
are some of the panelists to debate the present and future of our cities

Boitempo Editorial, which completes 20 years of history in 2015, along with Sesc São Paulo, are organizing the Rebel Cities International Seminar, from June 9th to 12th, at Sesc Pinheiros, in São Paulo. The event will gather over 40 speakers ot discuss the present and the future of the cities as a scenario for political, ideological and social confrontations.

Urbanization is the engine of a global scale economy that is now pouring concrete all over our planet’s surface on an absolutely unprecedented pace. Researches indicate that in 2050 over 75% of the population of the world will be living in cities. However, the urbanization boom has not meant a substantial increase in the quality of life for the mass of the population. Rather on the contrary, living in the cities is becoming increasingly painstaking.

In this context, many theorists and activists have been exploring alternatives to stimulate the search for better ways of urban life, sometimes in the wake of urban revolts and sometimes in other instances, as in this international seminar.

The Rebel Cities International Seminar consists of two simultaneous stages. The first one has some of the most important names in Brazilian urbanism and critical economic theory, such as Marcio Pochmann and Erminia Maricato, and covers an introduction to the work of the British geographer David Harvey, distinguished professor of anthropology at the City University of New York (CUNY), expert in urban geography, author of Paris: capital of modernity and one of the authors of the collective book Cidades rebeldes: Passe livre e as manifestações que tomaram as ruas do Brasil (Rebel Cities: Free pass and the manifestations that took Brazil’ streets). Considered one of the world references in the critical analysis of modern urban processes, Harvey will attend the second stage of the event, the seminar itself. The list of international guests also includes Domenico Losurdo, professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Urbino, Italy, author of A luta de classes: uma história política e filosófica (Class struggle: a political and philosophical history); and Canadian Moishe Postone, professor of History at the University of Chicago and author of Time, labor and social domination: a reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory; among others.

The Brazilian representation includes, among other names, the mayor of São Paulo Fernando Haddad; philosopher Vladimir Safatle; journalist and political scientist André Singer; architects and urbanists Raquel Rolnik and Guilherme Wisnik; national coordinator of MTST (Homeless Workers’ Movement) Guilherme Boulos; psychoanalysts Christian Dunker and Maria Rita Kehl; and Congressman Jean Wyllis. The Rebel Cities International Seminar also includes the release of seven new books from Boitempo Editorial: Angel Rama’s A cidade das letras (The Lettered City), Domenico Losurdo’s A luta de classes: uma história política e filosófica (Class struggle: a political and philosophical history); Guilherme Boulos’ De Que lado você está? Reflexões sobre a conjuntura política e urbana no Brasil (Whose side are you on? Reflections on the Brazilian urban and political conjuncture); David Harvey’s Paris: capital of modernity; the collection Bala perdida: a violência policial no Brasil e os desafios para sua superação (Stray bullet: police violence in Brazil and the challenges to overcome it); and Margem Direita  magazine’s 24th edition, featuring  thematic dossier Cidades em conflito; Conflitos nas cidades (Cities in conflict; Conflicts in the Cities).

Themes and topics

Renewing the partnership between Boitempo Editorial and SESC São Paulo – which brought about the International Seminars Revolutions, in 2011 and Marx: the destructive creation, in 2013, this seminar aims to go beyond the academic discussion, also involving panelists connected to public life, institutional power, social and political movements, art and literature, and that have in common a history of thought related to the cities, the urban issue and its role in social change.

Topics such as “Labor, Mobility and Flexibilization: Social Domination Today”, “What city do we want? Appointments for a future city”, “Cities for whom? Getting by in the periphery of the periphery of capital” and” From the Spring of Nations to our Rebel Cities: Understanding the Modern City” put in discussion issues such as the effects of neoliberalism in cities, urban insurgencies in history, the militarized urbanization, mega-events, urban development and environment, mobility and new class struggle configurations.


Mediation by Antonio Martins.

09/06 – 13h to 15h – Class 1 – The construction of a marxist perspective on urban space
With Raquel Rolnik

10/06 – 11h to 13h – Class 2 – Understanding capitalisms crises
With Marcio Pochmann

11/06 – 11h to 13h – Class 3 – The global city and the limits to capital
With Mariana Fix and Leda Paulani

12/06 – 11h to 13h – Class 4 – Rebel cities and the right to the city
With Ermínia Maricato



16h30 – Opening

17h – The Right to the City
Panelists: David Harvey, debating with Amélia Damiani and Lúcio GregoriFlávio Aguiar (mediation).

20h – Revolts and conciliation in the history of Brasil
Panelists: Ricardo Antunes, José Luiz Del Roio and Tales Ab’Saber. Mario Sérgio Conti (mediation).


14h – Labor, mobility, flexibilization: today’s social domination
Panelists: Moishe Postone, debating with Jorge Grespan and Vladimir Safatle. Eleonora de Lucena (mediation).

17h – City for whom? Getting by in the periphery of the periphery of capital
Panelists: Guilherme Boulos, Vera Telles and Ferréz. Sérgio Amadeu (mediation).

20h – Class struggle: unions, parties and social movements
Panelists: Domenico Losurdo, debating with André Singer and Ruy Braga. Breno Altman (mediation).


14h – Nationalism, national identity and segregation
Panelists: Jessé Souza, Gilberto Maringoni and Christian Dunker. Matheus Pichonelli (mediation).

17h – Mega-events and mega-projects in cities for sale
Panelists: Luis Fernandes, Carlos Vainer and Jorge Luiz Souto Maior. Renato Rovai (mediation).

20h – Polis, police: police violence and urbanization
Panelists: Guaracy MinguardiRaquel Rolnik and Silvio Luiz de Almeida. Leonardo Cazes (mediation).


14h – What city do we want? Ideas for the future of the city.
Panelists: Mari Rita Kehl, Ermínia Maricato, Jean Willys, Paulo Lins and Nabil Bonduki. Leonardo Sakamoto (mediation).

17h – Welcome to the desert of capital: water crisis, environment and capitalism
Panelists: Virgínia Fontes, Alexandre Delijaicov and Camila Moreno. Bruno Torturra (mediation).

20h – From the Spring of Nations to our rebel cities: understanding the modern city
Panelists: David Harvey, debating with Fernando Haddad and Guilherme Wisnik. Flávio Aguiar (mediation).

Rebel Cities International Seminar
9-12/June 2015

Boitempo Editorial

Fundação Perseu Abramo
Fundação Rosa Luxemburgo
Fundação Maurício Grabois
Sindicato dos Bancários de São Paulo, Osasco e Região / Faculdade 28 de Agosto


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