8 March 2017
Spatial disparities research as political discourse
Presented By Ferenc Gyuris (ELTE, Budapest)
- 1-2 pm (part of the CRCC Seminar Series)
- Brockington U1.22
About this event
Scientific attempts to analyse, manage and morally evaluate socio-spatial inequality never take place in a sealed container, but in specific social, political, economic and geographical contexts. Likewise, related ideas are no ‘objective’ products of ‘neutral’ and ‘unbiased’ scientists, but works of full-fledged human beings with multifaceted political interests. Therefore, the point of my paper is to present the academic practice of dealing with geographical inequality as making contributions to a political discourse, where justifying certain political and economic interests (and de-legitimising others) is at least as important as a complex and solid understanding of what socio-spatial inequality actually is and how its various forms come into being. I aim to discuss how the functioning of this political discourse influences whether socio-spatial inequality is problematised or not; why it attracts more attention in certain ages and at certain locations than in others (e.g., communism and capitalism); how ‘relevant’ questions and methods are selected; how beliefs and hypotheses become regarded as facts and substantiated results are ignored according to underlying political motivations; and how remarkably one-sided concepts are presented, and applied later by many, as valid. I mainly employ Cold War examples from US-dominated Western academia from an East Central European view.
Dr Ferenc Gyuris
Assistant professor, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary
This event is part of the CRCC seminar series.