[Iag-list] IAG 2016 Call for Papers - Who Counts in the City? Interrogating Urban Power, Presence, and Representation

Louise Crabtree L.Crabtree at westernsydney.edu.au
Fri Mar 3 17:06:10 AEDT 2017

Dear all

Please see our Call for Papers below.

Title: Who Counts in the City? Interrogating Urban Power, Presence, and Representation

Session organisers:
Louise Crabtree, Western Sydney University, Sydney
Sarah Gall, Browning Street Studios, Brisbane

The 21st-century city presents particular challenges for Geography, concerned as it is with policy relevance and disciplinary and methodological diversity. Issues of power, representation, and liveability are converging, and business-as-usual politics is increasingly seen as being under threat. Further, while much has been made of Big Data, recent events such as Brexit and Trump have raised the possibility that personal data has been combined with psychometric methodologies to enable fine-grained manipulation of unconscious voter bias to enable rapid, world-changing political manoeuvres that have rendered ineffectual campaigns based on older demographic methods.

This Urban Geography Study Group session intends to engage with ongoing questions of political legitimacy, civic engagement, social and environmental justice, and conviviality in the context of settler colonialism, big data, ongoing wealth concentration, political extremism, and intensifying surveillance in myriad forms. The session takes particular interest the apparent resurgence of 'rights to the city' discourses, recent debates about the de-politicisation of the city, and the more-than-human turn across geography and cognate disciplines. Relevant questions include but are not limited to:

*         Whose voices are heard in the city, how, and by whom?

*         How is legitimacy ascribed and what potential is there for 'radical' urban geographies in the age of policy impact, corporate and government data usage, and tightening state powers?

*         How are cities made legible, and how do processes such as data creation and capture, map making, surveillance, and representation intersect with issues of power?

Higher degree candidates and early career researchers will be especially encouraged to submit abstracts. The session will be configured as papers or a panel depending on interest.

Abstracts are due by 5th April 2017 and details on how to submit an abstract can be found at https://absoluteevents.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/iag2017/web/ExtraContent/ContentSubPage?page=1&subPage=3

Kind regards
Louise and Sarah

Dr Louise Crabtree | Senior Research Fellow
Director of Engagement
Institute for Culture and Society
P: 02 9685 9646 | M: 0420 946 186


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