[Iag-list] AG NZGS 2021 CFP: Alternative Urban Imaginaries 2: Storying Radically Interdependent Counter-Cities

Ashraful Alam ash.alam at otago.ac.nz
Thu Mar 4 01:36:10 UTC 2021

Apology for X-posting

IAG NZGS Conference 2021, University of Sydney, 6-9 July, 2021

Alternative Urban Imaginaries 2:

Storying Radically Interdependent Counter-Cities

(sponsored by Urban Geography and Cultural Geography Study Group)

Ashraful Alam, Donna Houston, Michele Lobo

Cities play a crucial role in imagining hopeful post-pandemic and planetary futures if openness, radical interdependencies and justice that include and go beyond the human are considered. Imagining these futures are necessary, particularly when western colonial and capitalist (il)logics and promises have failed to deliver diverse, equitable and just cities. How can we come together to design and imagine cities otherwise? Urban geographers are at the forefront of accepting the urgent challenges of the present and seeking alternative imaginaries so that cities are places of radiant and plural becomings. This session is an invitation to conceptualise and think with the Counter-City. We call for storying that values collaboration, interdependencies and experimentation through ideas, performances and case studies that explore city living and collective urban futures. The agenda is to rewrite cities of the Global North/Global South beyond conventional, expert and elitist frames. These ethical-political inquiries might use a representational/more-than representational or human/more-than-human lens to focus on the urban/digital commons, urban infrastructures and undergrounds, social difference (gender, disability, ethnicity, race, sexuality, religion etc), animal/multispecies care/justice, food security/alternative food practices, viral/microbe mobilities, and so forth.

The format of the 2021 conference is a hybrid online conference combined with in-person events. We welcome you to join us in your preferred format.

Please send your abstract to Ash (ash.alam at otago.ac.nz<mailto:ash.alam at otago.ac.nz>)

The abstracts timeline is -

5 April 2021: Abstracts close

24 April: Abstract confirmation

The full link to conference sessions can be accessed here - https://www.sydney.edu.au/science/news-and-events/events/iagnzgs2021-conference.html

Kind regards

Ashraful Alam, PhD
School of Geography, University of Otago
Aotearoa New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 479 8769
Web: https://www.otago.ac.nz/geography/staff/otago706248.html

Most recent publications
Alam, A., Minca, C., & Farid Uddin, K. (2021). Risks and informality in owner-occupied shared housing: to let, or not to let?<https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19491247.2021.1877887?src=> International Journal of Housing Policy.
Alam, A., & Houston, D. (2020). Rethinking care as alternate infrastructure<https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0264275119313484>. Cities, 100, 102662.
Sherson, B., & Alam, A. (2020). Planning for sea level rise: Adaptation in small coastal communities in Aotearoa New<https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342654900_Planning_for_Sea_Level_Rise_Adaptation_in_Small_Coastal_Communities_in_Aotearoa_New_Zealand> Zealand. Planning Quarterly, 217, 6-12.
Alam, A., McGregor, A., & Houston, D. (2020). Women's mobility, neighbourhood socio-ecologies and homemaking in urban informal settlements.<https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02673037.2019.1708277> Housing Studies, 35(9), 1586-1606.


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