Arrival Cities

- with Ben Judah & Farid Tabarki

  • Debate
  • Interview

Date: Tuesday 09.04.19
Time: 20:00 (doors: 19:00)
Location: Erasmiaans Gymnasium, Wytemaweg 25, Rotterdam
Admission: € 10,00 (€ 6,00 for students)
Language: English

On Tuesday April 9 renowned author and journalist Ben Judah will take the stage to talk about his book This is London and the ways in which transnational migration is reshaping our cities.

Ben Judah (1988) is an acclaimed foreign correspondent, but in This is London: Life and Death in the World City he turns his reporter’s gaze on his home town, immersing himself in the hidden world of London’s immigrants to reveal the city through the eyes of its beggars, bankers, coppers, gangsters, carers and witch-doctors. Judah shows contemporary London in its true (new) colours and uncovers the often unseen experiences of those living in the UK’s capital.

Join us for an evening about cities and migration, moderated by Farid Tabarki (Studio Zeitgeist) and organized in collaboration with The Independent School for the City. Location is the Erasmiaans Gymnasium Rotterdam (Wytemaweg 25), designed by former city architect Ad van der Steur (also known for Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the Maastunnel filter buildings)

Bio Ben Judah

British-French journalist and author Ben Judah (1988) was born in London and has travelled extensively in Russia, Central Asia and the Levant. He has written for a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, the Evening Standard and the Financial Times. He has covered the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, the 2010 Kyrgyz Revolution and the 2011 Tunisian Revolution.  From 2010 to 2012, he was a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

His first book Fragile Empire– a probing study of Vladimir Putin’s Russia – was published by Yale University Press in 2013. His second book This is London came out in 2016, from Picador. Ben Judah was chosen as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 in European media.

The press on This is London

‘Judah grabs hold of London and shakes out its secrets’ The Economist

‘An eye-opening investigation into the hidden immigrant life of the city’ The Sunday Times

 ‘Judah is an intrepid reporter and classy political scientist … Judah had created an alternative and essential guide to London’ The Guardian

 ‘It is hard to overstate the value of what Judah has done … This is London is an important and impressive book’ Sunday Telegraph


This program is part of the project Research by Debate and kindly supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL and The Municipality of Rotterdam.