VIDEO: UN Rapporteur Raquel Rolnik on The Right to Housing

Watch video from the report on the financialization of housing and its impact on the right to adequate housing, by Raquel Rolnik, UN special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing.

The video also contains a tribute to Neil Smith, the founding director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics and Graduate Center Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography.

Complete details of the event can be viewed here.

Neil Smith

It is with incredible sorrow that I write to share the news that we lost Neil Smith in the early hours of this morning. He had been hospitalized on Wednesday afternoon with organ failures, and despite some moments of hope, could not  greet another day with us. Words cannot describe this sudden tragedy. Neil was larger than life, brilliant, an inspiration and loved by so many.

I will provide the CPCP community with further updates as they are available. We invite you to share your thoughts below.

With deepest regrets and many tears, Padmini


Vinay Gidwani – Gramsci at the Margins

Vinay Gidwani is a Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota and The CUNY Graduate Center. He is also a former member of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center.

This talk, titled “Gramsci at the Margins: A Pre-History Nepal’s Maoist Movement” was given at the CUNY Graduate Center on November 1, 2011 as a part of the Geography Colloquium Speaker Series, sponsored by the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program and the Provost’s Office.

The paper by Vinay Gidwani and Dinesh Paudel can be downloaded by clicking here: “Gramsci at the Margins”