Making Lemonade: Postindustrial Urban Culture in Harbin and Detroit

Event time: 
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 11:30am
Gordon Parks Room, Room 201 See map
81 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Speaker: Wendy Griswold, Professor of Sociology and Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern University

Cities that have lost their industrial raison d’être look to culture not only as a vehicle for attracting investment and tourism but also as an assertion of their distinctive qualities, developing and promoting their brands as they compete for attention. They designate, preserve (or reconstruct), and market their urban attributes, especially historical ones that they claim as heritage, making them both attractive and accessible. Cultural development and promotion involves five dimensions: architecture, institutions, experiences, scenes, and consumer products.  This talk considers how these five dimensions work in response to similar problems but different contexts in Harbin, China, and in Detroit.