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Seminar: "Waste Pickers and Their Right to the City: Dispossession and Production of Space in Montevideo", by Lucía Fernández Gabard

Date: 2019-10-09

Seminar: "Waste Pickers and Their Right to the City: Dispossession and Production of Space in Montevideo"

Speaker: Lucía Fernandez Gabard, Universidad de la República Uruguay

Date: Wednesday, October 9th 2019
Time: 12.30 – 13.30h
Venue: Room Z/022

​Waste within the city and how it relates to urban space denotes ecological and political conflicts as well as materialization of asymmetric power and class relationships. Recent appropriation over waste shifts its historical dimension of being a problem towards becoming a new urban commodity. In this presentation we will analyze the problem of ownership of waste and territorial displacements of waste pickers in Montevideo, Uruguay. By questioning accumulation by dispossession in the production of urban space, the present work critically analyzes the most recent institutional policies that undermine access to waste through new urban appliances while creating livelihoods threats for the most vulnerable communities. Problematizing these new regulations as "devices" regarding restrictions on access to public space and conflicts around the ownership of waste, we will raise the lefebvrian concept of the right to the city to advance in the reconceptualization of waste as common, pointing towards a general criticism of its commodification and a necessary communities struggle over its ownership.

Lucía Fernandez Gabard (Montevideo,1980) is the Waste Picker Global Coordinator with WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing) and is a PhD candidate of the Doctorate in Architecture at Universidad de la República Uruguay. She is an assistant professor at the Institute of Theory and Urbanism, of the Faculty of Architecture. Lucía holds a Master in Architecture, focused on spontaneous recycling dynamics from the Ecole National Superieure d’Architecture (ENSAG) and a Master on Ethical and Sustainable Development from the Philosophy Faculty of Universite Lyon. She has had a research affiliation at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT where she helped develop DLab Waste. She coordinated the first World Conference of Waste Pickers, held in March 2008. Since then, she has supported organizing several waste pickers groups all over the world, as well as large scale networking, with the Latin-American Network of Waste Pickers and the international coordination of the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers. She published articles and book chapters on the intersection of waste pickers, labour issues, threats to livelihoods, gender, and her recent research interest is about right to the city from a lefebvrian theoretical lens that claim waste as commons. She is a member of the nascent International Network of Production of Space Studies and is co-founding the Observatory of Territorial Conflicts of Metropolitan Area in Montevideo.

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