[Iag-list] REMINDER: CFP Urban Theory Symposium

Nicole Cook nicole.cook at unimelb.edu.au
Wed Jan 27 17:18:28 AEDT 2016

Urban Theory Symposium Series – Call for Papers
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
Abstracts due - January 31st
The Urban Theory Symposium Series is the joint 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

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