The City in the Age of Trumpism: From Sanctuary to Abolition
Dr. Ananya Roy
Professor, Urban Planning and Social Welfare
From its inception, the Trump administration has challenged sanctuary cities. In turn, organizing around the city as sanctuary has emerged as an important form of resistance. In this talk, I examine the philosophy of sanctuary as the geographical practice of cosmopolitan ethics. Neither new nor unique, Trumpism is one of many forms of rule against which practice has been imagined and mobilized. But I also note the limits of the concept of sanctuary. Drawing on the black radical tradition, I foreground the present history of abolition and its potentialities for new understandings of the city and the urban experience.
Ananya Roy is Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare and Geography, and the Director of The Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA, where she holds The Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy. She is the author or editor of eight books, including Encountering Poverty: Thinking and Acting in an Unequal World (2016), Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (2010), and Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, Latin America, and South Asia (2004).