Spaces of Urban Protest

Schools of Public Engagement: University Urban Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Spaces of Urban Protest

Fall 2022

Taught By: Emily Bills

Section: A

CRN: 14432

Credits: 3

This course explores how the urban environment acts as a stage set for protest movements. As any protest organizer knows, a city’s design can be conducive to or thwart protest efforts. Urban space reflects systemic power structures, and how groups respond to, utilize, and occupy that space can tell us much about the nature of the conflict. Furthermore, city planners have long designed urban environments with the possibility of protest or uprising in mind, keeping varied modes of spatial control at the forefront of planning efforts. In this class, we consider different forms of urban-located protests, such as marches and occupations, and governmental reactions to those movements. We consider how media and technology is leveraged to both coordinate and control protest in space, such as through social media or the use of facial recognition software. We also question our perceptions of what constitutes protest itself, evoking a discussion about the nature of public space, state control, and private land ownership. While a planned march with a legal permit to occupy public space is an institutionally-recognized form of protest, how might we also understand “spontaneous” uprisings as acts of resistance? We consider these topics through case studies that include civil rights marches such as the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; the Stonewall Uprising; pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and across the Middle East (Arab Spring); Occupy Wall Street; and Black Lives Matter protests.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: University Urban Studies (UURB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Asynchronous

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:02am EST 12/2/2022

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/18/2022