Scrabble, Geocaching and Saskia Sassen

The second and last week at this conference started with Saskia Sassen who talked about global network and urban spaces. Saskia is a professor at the University of Chicago and has doing a lot of research on Globalization and immigration. Todays lecture focused on the Global city and how formal political system accomendate less and less of the political. I interpret this statement as a bigger gap between the formal and the popular. Different groups that inhabit the city are also part of making this place and it surely seems to be a struggle in the process of making. Sassen also mentioned technological medias as a way of challeging national and urban structures. Here again, technological devices seem to inhabit the ability to erase established categories.

After this theoretical lecture it was time to get more practical. We spent the afternoon playing Scrabble with help from GSM and also went geocaching in Aldrich Park. My group started out really bad with not even understanding the longitude and latttude. The feeling of worthlessness was absolute… until we figured out that the GSM was mis-programmed. Eventually, after walking in the wrong direction for about three kilometers, things started to feel a bit better. And the knowldge that there were an award waiting for us afterwards, helped keeping up the good spirit…