Professor Michael Keith is the Urban Transformations Portfolio Coordinator, Director of COMPAS and Co-Director of the University of Oxford Future of Cities programme.
Cities are changing what it means to be human. How do we make sense of this new world? In the new city, that which is historically distant might be spatially proximate. Urban life gets under the skin, the combinations of atmosphere and disposition that generate mental disorders, the markers of other times and places in our DNA, reveal geographies and histories that become legible traces in the body. That which is geographically proximate might be culturally so remote that it defies comprehension. The passing glance across the bus might fire recognition in the eyes of others or distance strangers across the social chasms of the segregated metropolis. Continue reading