Modernity/Coloniality and the City: Representations of Time and Space"

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Modernity is a time based concept. Its central assumption is that time is linear. The adjective 'modern' is a temporal comparison. While originating from a particular place (Europe), modernity and its temporal imaginary have become the ruling global framework through which history, geography and identity are conceived – but also the city. The notion of 'development' and the tempo-spatial divide it creates point to the intersecting of 'geography' and 'history' and thereby the geopolitical relevance of thinking about modernity, time and space. Through universality and its decolonial critique we will come to see how both, space and time, are not just contested subjects within the Eurocentric realm of knowledge production, but constitutional concepts in the construction of modernity, and thus representative of the way 'we' conceive 'knowledge' altogether. The fact that “we all love the city” is not a coincidence nor natural. The question of how we will conceive the city in the future will greatly determine that future. The current attributed global status and un/certainty surrounding the city can thus be thought of as the entry point to the larger task of how to conceive modernity and knowledge at large. This thesis thus follows the research question of how the decolonial critique of time enables us to rethink the spatial turn in the discursive example of “the city”.
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