Flattened Scale Beyond the Second World III

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Eurasian Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Balcony L, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Megan Dixon, Sven Wolfe
Chairs: Sven Wolfe


The theoretical problem posed by this series of sessions is how the apparently “local and parochial knowledge” gained in Second World / post-socialist / post-Soviet settings can enter into dialogue with cases and theories developed in the First World / Global North. The Second World, particularly the former Soviet regions, sits uneasily in the North/South paradigm, but students of its cases maintain that the socialist and post-socialist experiences have much to contribute to ongoing debates about how to understand phenomena below the privileged scale of the nation-state so much discussed in geopolitics. Panelists will consider how empirical cases offer insight into processes (such as gentrification or smart cities) in a way to translocalize the discussion of those processes; might uncover layered spatial arrangements that demonstrate how scaled processes coexist in horizontal space even as they act with some independence; or show how “taking place seriously” can undo the container-oriented assumptions of state regimes and reveal dynamics outside the “core” or center which are crucial to analysis of regions’ futures.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Elena Trubina Ural Federal University 15
Panelist Craig Young Manchester Metropolitan University 15
Panelist Tauri Tuvikene Tallinn University 15
Panelist Michael Gentile University of Oslo 15
Panelist Corey Johnson University of North Carolina - Greensboro 15
Introduction Sven Wolfe University of Zurich 5
Panelist Joshua Newell University of Michigan 15

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