Austin Zeiderman

On 7 June, 2016, LSE Department of Geography and the Environment and LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre hosted ‘Security, Risk and the Urban Imagination’.  Shaw Library was packed for the panel chaired by Clare Mercer (LSE, UPD), introduced by Austin Zeiderman (LSE, UPD), and featuring Matthew Gandy (University of Cambridge), Kate Maclean (Birkbeck, University of London) and Gareth Jones (LSE, UPD).

The event celebrated the launch of Austin Zeiderman’s new book, Endangered City: The Politics of Security and Risk in Bogotá .  The book, recently released and published by Duke University Press as part of their Global Insecurities series, has received critical acclaim.  Discounted copies sold out quickly at the event.

The podcast of the evening’s proceedings is available here.

Praise for Endangered City: The Politics of Security and Risk in Bogotá 
“Endangered City offers a compelling and critical analysis of how concerns with security and risk have displaced other rationalities of government—such as development, democracy, and welfare—in contemporary Colombia, rearranging the field of political possibilities. Austin Zeiderman combines masterful ethnographic and archival research to reveal both the mundane practices and the various modalities of power that intersect in the management of life-at-risk. Taking us well beyond Colombia, Zeiderman’s bold theorization considers the problems of framing urban and political life in terms of threat.”
— Teresa Caldeira, author of City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo