STRUGGLING WITH DIVERSITY: SEGREGATION & CONFLICT IN THE CITY-SPACE​ – 20 febbraio 2015

In the recent years, much ink was spilled on writings on urban diversity.
Empirical findings seem to indicate that cities which dispose a distinctly diverse labour pool foster economic growth. The ‘creative capital’ thesis made diversity even more central in the debates on urban growth. Despite the severe criticism this thesis has often received, the question of the (positive) correlation of the ethno-cultural diversification of urban dwellers to economic growth of cities has inspired much of the recent literature in urban research and policy. The seminar challenges the ‘diversity’ euphoria present in the field of urban studies, insisting on the quality of inter-ethnic cohabitation in the city-space, often characterized by conflict, discrimination and segregation, including school segregation.
The seminar aspires to open a wide discussion on the stakes of diversity for urban research, policy and planning.

10.30 Introduction
Gabriele Pasqui (Politecnico di Milano)
10.45 Struggling with diversity. Insights from Milan
Speaker: Ifigeneia Kokkali (Politecnico di Milano)
11.15 School segregation in Milan
Speakers: Costanzo Ranci, Ifigeneia Kokkali (Politecnico di Milano) & Giuseppe Como (ex-dirigente scolastico)

Invited guest: Sabina Banfi (Comune di Milano, Direttrice del Settore Scuole Paritarie e Case Vacanza)

Discussant: Alain Bourdin (Institut Français d’Urbanisme-Université Paris Est)

12.30 Discussion
With: Elena Granata (to be confirmed), Carolina Pacchi, Paola Briata (Politecnico di Milano) & Maddalena Colombo (Università Cattolica di Milano) | Chair: Gabriele Pasqui (Politecnico di Milano)

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