Professor James Holston from UC Berkeley will speak about digital democracy and show examples of innovative digital participatory tools.

JAMES HOLSTON is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also founding director of the Social Apps Lab at CITRIS and former co-director of Global Metropolitan Studies. He is a political anthropologist whose work focuses on the city as a strategic site for the emergence and erosion of new citizenships, popular sovereignties, and democratic innovations. He is committed to an anthropology of both critique and experiment. At the Social Apps Lab, he produces software platforms for mobile and web-based applications that address social problems by reformulating the terms and scales of democratic assembly and deliberation, civic action, and urban knowledge. His books include The Modernist City: An Anthropological Critique of BrasíliaCities and Citizenship, and Insurgent Citizenship: Disjunctions of Modernity and Citizenship in Brazil.  He is the recipient of many research awards, fellowships, and book prizes. His software projects include and which engage people in direct democracy, participatory budgeting, and community-based arbovirus vector control.  He has conducted extensive research in Brazil and is also currently engaged in collaborative research projects in Nicaragua, Paraguay, and the United States.

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Friday 14 JUNE 2019



Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft

Julianalaan 134, Delft


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