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David A. Banks

Co-chair of Theorizing the Web
May 17, 2019

We have to learn to demand things from power... That's something we've forgotten how to do.

David A. Banks is co-chair of Theorizing the Web, a non-disciplinary conference that brings together activists, scholars, journalists, and practitioners to think critically and openly about the web and society in a low-jargon environment. His writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, The Baffler, Tikkun Magazine, and McSweeney’s. He is also editor-at-large at Real Life magazine where his monthly column, Building to Code, explores how we live among cities and each other. It regards cities as what they’ve always been: not systems of capitalist resource management, but the stages that society plays out on.

David holds a PhD in Science & Technology studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.A. in Urban Studies from New College of Florida. In the fall he will be visiting assistant professor of Geography and Urban Planning at the University at Albany, SUNY where he will teach courses on the history of planning, community development, and global cities. His research focuses on the way cities are made to compete against each other in the attention economy. He lives in Troy, New York with his partner Britney and their four cats.

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