Prof. Helga Leitner and Prof. Eric Sheppard (Geography, UCLA) will present a talk based on a multiyear research project in eastern periurban Jakarta. Their work shows how these Jakarta residents respond to and manage unexpected developments and residual uncertainties, making the most of rapidly changing land values across time and space and devising ways to both improve their livelihoods and reproduce the sociality of 'kampung' life, realizing social and cultural aspirations. This requires retheorizing displacement beyond accumulation by dispossession, which neglects both residents’ agency in pushing back against dispossession through everyday speculation and negotiation, and the particularities of place.
Moderated by Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso, CSEAS Chair, UC Berkeley
Co-sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA