While working on Brain Magnet, I got the chance to sit down for a chat with Michigan State University’s Julian Chambliss. A true polymath of a scholar, Julian writes about the “real and imagined city,” exploring everything from the history of urban planning and comic books to visual culture, digital humanities, and Afrofuturism. He was the perfect person to frame a discussion about how the pervasive discourse of the “creative class” and “creative city” sits within the history of urban and economic policy, with a critical eye toward issues of equity and social justice. Here is the episode of Julian’s series Rethinking the City that we recorded.
Author: Alex Sayf Cummings
Alex Sayf Cummings is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University, whose work deals with technology, law, public policy, and the political culture of the modern United States. Alex's writing has appeared in Salon, the Brooklyn Rail, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, Al Jazeera, and Southern Cultures, among other publications, and the book Democracy of Sound was published by Oxford University Press in 2013 (paperback, 2017). Alex can be followed on Twitter at @akbarjenkins. View all posts by Alex Sayf Cummings