Event Date: 1 June 2011
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS
A series of exchanges on and around the topic of Scarcity, bringing together the leading thinkers in the field to expound on one of the most pressing, but often avoided, issues of the day.
Scarcity Exchanges brings together some extraordinary speakers around a single, and very pressing, issue. That resources are diminishing is a commonplace, but scarcity is about much more than the destruction of our natural resource base: it is a socially and economically constructed condition that affects us all, and will increasingly do so. If the 2000s was the decade of false abundance, then the 2010s will likely be defined through scarcity. This series of exchanges will open up the discussion as to what scarcity might mean, and its social, economic, and environmental implications.
Iain Boal and Lyla Mehta – Concepts of Scarcity
Iain Boal is a social historian and co-founder of the Retort collective, an association of radical writers, artisans, and artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has taught at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz. He is presently Research Fellow of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London. Lyla Mehta is a sociologist at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, and editor of the recent publication The Limits to Scarcity. Her work is concerned with the politics of water scarcity and the linkages between gender, displacement, and resistance
Introduction by Jeremy Till
Ian Boal talk:
Lyla Mehta talk:
Scarcity Exchanges are part of a wider research project, Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment, led by Jeremy Till at the University of Westminster, with partners at the Oslo School of Architecture and TU Vienna. The project is funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area). For details of the project and Scarcity Exchanges visit scibe.eu