Speculative Urbanism: The Remaking of Phnom Penh

Sylvia Nam, Ph.D.
University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Anthropology

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
HMNSS 1500 @ UCR

This talk examines the emergence of Phnom Penh as a city of speculation. It focuses on the formation of speculative markets in real estate and the politics of urban renewal financed over the last decade most prominently by Asian developers. Positioned as the next Asian city in a region of booming metropolises, the talk traces the city’s integration into inter-Asian circulations of capital and their related imaginaries of urban modernity.

Sylvia Nam  is a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies.