[Iag-list] CFP IAG 2020: Social reproduction and urban process

Craig Lyons cml843 at uowmail.edu.au
Tue Feb 18 10:01:32 AEDT 2020

Dear Colleagues,

CFP: Social reproduction and urban process

Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2020: Landscapes of change, challenge and creativity
University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia, 6-9 July 2020

Craig Lyons, University of Wollongong, Australia
Hilary Wilson, CUNY Graduate Center, USA

Sponsored by the IAG Urban Geography Study Group

Nearly two decades ago, Neil Smith argued that the new global urbanism "increasingly expresses the impulses of capitalist production rather than social reproduction" (2002, p. 427), and is characterized by an increasing precarity of urban life. In recent years, geographers and others have examined the centrality of social reproduction not only to processes of capital accumulation - with their attendant ideologies of race and gender - but also as the grounds for building alternative and postcapitalist modes of socio-spatial (re)production (e.g. Hall 2016). While broad in geographical scale and scope (e.g. Dakar, Meehan and Strauss, 2015; Bhattacharya 2017), this body of work includes important discussions of the relationship between social reproduction and urban processes, including, for example, the relationship between housing and the global financial crisis of 2007-2008 (Briggs, 2017); the ambivalent role of urban planners in the "real estate state" (Stein, 2019); and the maintenance of urban infrastructures (Fredericks, 2015). With an interest in building on recent debates within urban geography, this session seeks to further explore how theorisations of social reproduction might help illuminate the nature and effects of a range of urban processes - such as gentrification, urban informality, and financialisation.

We welcome papers that offer theoretical, methodological, and empirical work along the following themes:

  *   Settler colonialism, racial capitalism and social reproduction
  *   Gender, social reproduction and urban processes
  *   Property, planning, land use and social reproduction
  *   Intersections of social reproduction and the production of urban space
  *   Gentrification theory and social reproduction
  *   Marketisation of social reproduction and urban processes
  *   Deindustrialisation, urban decline and social reproduction
  *   Social reproduction and urban politics
  *   Labour and social reproduction

Please email a 250-word abstract to cml843 at uowmail.edu.au<mailto:cml843 at uowmail.edu.au> and hwilson at gradcenter.cuny.edu<mailto:hwilson at gradcenter.cuny.edu> by 13th March 2020.


Tithi Bhattacharya (ed.) (2017) Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression, Introduction: Mapping Social Reproduction Theory, pp. 1-20.

Laura Briggs (2017) How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics: From Welfare Reform to Foreclosure to Trump. Oakland: University of California Press.

Dakar, K. Meehan and K. Strauss (eds.) (2015) Precarious Worlds: Contested Geographies of Social Reproduction.

Rebecca Jane Hall (2016) Reproduction and Resistance: an Anti-colonial Contribution to Social-Reproduction Feminism, Historical Materialism 24(2): 87-110.

Rosalind Fredericks (2015) Dirty Work in the City: Garbage and the Crisis of Social Reproduction in Dakar, K. Meehan and K. Strauss (eds.), Precarious Worlds: Contested Geographies of Social Reproduction, pp. 139-155.

Neil Smith (2002) New globalism, new urbanism: gentrification as global urban strategy. Antipode, 34(3), 427-450.

Samuel Stein (2019) Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. London: Verso Books.

Craig Lyons
PhD Candidate | Research Assistant
Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS) | School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia
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I would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the land on which the University of Wollongong is built; the Wadi Wadi people of Dharawal Country. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

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