[Iag-list] CFP: Urban Theory Symposium, Western Sydney University 28-29 April 2016

Nicole Cook nicole.cook at unimelb.edu.au
Wed Nov 4 19:18:34 AEDT 2015

Convenors: 	Crystal Legacy, RMIT University
Dallas Rogers, Western Sydney University
Nicole Cook, The University of Melbourne
Kristian Ruming, Macquarie University

Date and Location: 	April 28th & 29th Western Sydney University, Parramatta

The Urban Theory Symposium Series is the initiative of the Urban Geography Study Group of the Institution of Australian Geographers and the Australian Cities Research Network.  The series will explore critical theoretical issues, conceptualisations and analytical tools emerging within urban studies, urban geography and urban planning scholarship. The series has two broad aims:
1.	To provide a critical space where a range of urban geographical and planning theory related questions can be interrogated and further developed
2.	To facilitate a debate about the politics of urban research, and questions of urban contest and transformation 
In doing so, the series interrogates our scholarship and examines its impact on cities. The series will create an active and collegial platform to explore and critique emerging urban and planning theory, with a view to further activate and characterise planning and urban geographical scholarship in Australia.
The aspiration of the series is for each symposium to lead to a Special Issue of an elected national (or international) journal. 

The first symposium will be held in Sydney on April 28th & 29th and will be titled: “Urban Citizenship and Participation – is there a crisis?”

Abstracts due (300 words) – 31 January 2016

Final Papers Due – 1 April 2016

Please submit your abstracts to either Crystal Legacy at crystal.legacy at rmit.edu.au or Dallas Rogers at D.Rogers at westernsydney.edu.au. And if you have any questions, please let us know! 

Call for papers
Numerous scholars have recently declared a “crisis of participatory planning” suggesting that urban politics has transitioned into a post-political context rendering citizen participation in urban change processes void of substance and influence (Legacy: 2015, Legacy & van den Nouwelant, 2015; Monno and Khakee: 2012, Rogers 2015; Ruming, 2014a, 2014b). This has produced a focus on ‘consensus politics’ that evades confrontational and challenging public discourse about the way the urban is constituted and re-created, for whom and by whom. Instead, the formal processes of city planning set out clearly defined sites for citizen engagement to occur that may limit broader expressions of engaged citizenship (Cook et al 2013; Cook et al 2012; Taylor et al in press). Yet, despite a de-democratisation of planning through excessive emphasis upon these formal and rather narrow spaces, engaged citizens continue to punctuate planning through informal, collective, grassroots action or through focused, sometimes site specific oppositional campaigns, shaping the urban environment. 
Raising questions on what it means to be an engaged urban citizen within a neoliberal urban context, this session invites papers that critically engages with the suggestion that there exists a “crisis of participatory planning”. Key themes the session aims to address include: 
•	The intersections between social movements and urban planning 
•	Tensions between formal participatory planning and informal citizen action
•	Questions about democracy and citizenship in urban theory and social action

Cook, N., Taylor E, Hurley, J (2013). "At home with strategic planning: reconciling resident attachments to home with policies of residential densification." Australian Planner 50(2): 130-137.
Cook, N., Taylor E, Hurley, J. and V. Colic-Peisker. (2012). Resident Third Party Objections and Appeals Against Planning Applications: Implications for Higher Density and Social Housing. AHURI Final Report. No. 136. Melbourne: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.
Legacy, C. (2015). Transforming transport planning in the postpolitical era. Urban Studies, 1-17. doi:10.1177/0042098015602649
Legacy, C., & van den Nouwelant, R. (2015). Negotiating strategic planning's transitional spaces: the case of 'guerrilla governance' in infrastructure planning. Environment and Planning A, 47, 209-226.
Monno, V., & Khakee, A. (2012). Tokenism or political activism? Some reflections on participatory planning. International Planning Studies, 17(1), 85-101.
Rogers, D. (in Press). "Monitory democracy as citizen-driven participatory planning: The urban politics of REDWatch in Sydney." Urban Policy and Research.
Ruming, K. (2014a) "Urban consolidation, strategic planning and community opposition in Sydney, Australia: unpacking policy knowledge and public perceptions" Land Use Policy, 39, 254-265. 
Ruming, K. (2014b) "Social Mix Discourse and Local Resistance to Social Housing: The Case of the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Package, Australia" Urban Policy and Research, 32, 2, 163-183 
Taylor, E. Cook N. and Hurley, J. (in press) Do objections count? Estimating the influence of residents on housing development assessment in Melbourne Urban Policy and Research

Dr Nicole Cook                                                                      
School of Geography                    
The University of Melbourne

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