[Iag-list] CFP - NZGS/IAG: "Excavating devalorization in urban (re)development: obsolescence, redundancy, stigma and decline"

Craig Lyons clyons at uow.edu.au
Mon Mar 12 11:50:49 AEDT 2018

Hi all,

With apologies for x-posting, our call for papers...

Call for Papers: NZGS/IAG Conference, Auckland, 11-14 July 2018

Session title: Excavating devalorization in urban (re)development: obsolescence, redundancy, stigma and decline (Sponsored by the Urban Geography Study Group)

Session organisers: Craig Lyons (University of Wollongong) & Alistair Sisson (University of Sydney)

Devalorization is a concept that gained currency in urban studies in the 1980s (Zukin, 1987), typically being used to describe the decline of inner-city neighbourhoods as precursor to gentrification (Smith, 1996). We seek to revisit devalorization in the context of recent discussions of 'obsolescence', 'redundancy', and 'territorial stigmatisation'. Declining spaces are key sites where state-market alliances play a defining role in the cycles of investment and disinvestment that produce the spatial fix. Decline is an active process that may involve both material disinvestment and the discursive rendering of spaces as deficient or inefficient. Territorial stigmatisation describes the 'blemish of place' that becomes fixed upon certain locales of 'advanced marginality' (Wacquant, 2008), of racialised 'others' (Jensen & Christensen, 2012), or of hedonism and vice (Nédélec, 2017; Sisson & Maginn, forthcoming 2018). Territorial stigma can open a 'reputational gap' for exploitation through state-led gentrification (Kallin, 2017). Similarly, the devalorization of industrial spaces is advanced by discourses signalling the decline of the manufacturing sector, despite research showing that inner-urban industrial precincts are often thriving places (Gibson et al., 2017). (Re)development discourse thus relies upon the devalorization of certain forms of labour and workplaces, leading to industrial displacement (Curran, 2007). Alongside these phenomena are planning concepts and praxis of 'place-making' and 'community-building', stemming from and further perpetuating devalorization of lived places/place-making in areas earmarked for (re)development (Darcy & Rogers, 2014). However, devalorized spaces also emerge as spaces of hope and belonging, of emergent and innovative socio-cultural practices, and where informality and resistance may thrive (Kirkness, 2014; McFarlane, 2012). Devalorized spaces open political possibilities worthy of exploration alongside the unjust consequences of defamation and disinvestment.

Curran, W. (2007). 'From the Frying Pan to the Oven': Gentrification and the Experience of Industrial Displacement in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Urban Studies, 44(8), 1427-1440.
Darcy, M., & Rogers, D. (2014). Inhabitance, place-making and the right to the city: public housing redevelopment in Sydney. International Journal of Housing Policy, 14(3), 236-256.
Gibson, C, Lyons, C, Grodach, C, Crosby, A and Brennan-Horley, C (2017) Made in Marrickville: Enterprise and cluster dynamics at the creative industries-manufacturing interface, Carrington Road precinct. Report DP170104255-2017/02, Australian Research Council Discovery Project: Urban Cultural Policy and the Changing Dynamics of Cultural Production, QUT, University of Wollongong and Monash University.
Jensen, S. Q., & Christensen, A.-D. (2012). Territorial stigmatization and local belonging. City, 16(1-2), 74-92.
Kallin, H. (2017). Opening the reputational gap. In P. Kirkness & A. Tijé-Dra (Eds.), Negative neighbourhood reputation and place attachment: the production and contestation of territorial stigma (pp. 102-118). London; New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Kirkness, P. (2014). The cités strike back: restive responses to territorial taint in the French banlieues. Environment and Planning A, 46(6), 1281-1296
McFarlane, C. (2012). Rethinking Informality: Politics, Crisis, and the City. Planning Theory & Practice, 13(1), 89-108.
Nédélec, P. (2017). The stigmatisation of Las Vegas and its inhabitants: the other side of the coin. In P. Kirkness & A. Tijé-Dra (Eds.), Negative neighbourhood reputation and place attachment: the production and contestation of territorial stigma (pp. 9-26). London; New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Sisson, A., & Maginn, P.J. (forthcoming 2018). 'Reclaiming Northbridge': Urban (Dis)Order and Territorial Stigmatisation in Perth's Night Time Economy precinct. Urban Policy and Research.
Smith, N. (1996). The new urban frontier: gentrification and the revanchist city. London; New York: Routledge.
Wacquant, L. (2008). Urban Outcasts: A Comparative Sociology of Advanced Marginality (1st ed.). Hoboken: Wiley.
Zukin, S. (1987). Gentrification: Culture and Capital in the Urban Core. Annual Review of Sociology, 13(1), 129-147.

Please send abstracts (max 300 words) to clyons at uow.edu.au<mailto:clyons at uow.edu.au> and alistair.sisson at sydney.edu.au<mailto:alistair.sisson at sydney.edu.au> by Monday 26th of March, 2018.

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