Cities are increasingly characterized as important sites of political, economic, cultural and environmental transformation, yet the proliferating attention to ‘the urban’ from policymakers threatens a narrowing of the boundaries of urban imaginaries around certain favored models. This session thus seeks to bring together papers that address one or more aspects of a growing contemporary concern with developing ‘alternative urbanisms’ in theory, policy and practice (e.g. Derickson 2015, Buckley and Strauss 2016, Parnell and Robinson 2012). We conceive of ‘alternative urbanisms’ along three dimensions. Firstly, alternative urbanisms might describe a focus on counter-hegemonic forms of urban living and practice that are alternative in relation to mainstream models and trends. Secondly, it can refer to a focus on how urban spaces are configured as experimental fields for the development of new practices in response to imperatives to restructure and reconfigure economic, social and technological infrastructures. Thirdly, alternative urbanisms might refer to a concern to broaden the scope of intellectual reference points through which urban practices can be conceptualised and investigated methodologically. Across these dimensions, it is agreed that more effort is needed to extend the canon of contemporary urban studies, urban and regional science, planning, and human geography to include insights from the humanities, natural sciences, or engineering, and also to draw on empirical and theoretical resources from beyond the Global North. This session brings together theoretical and empirical papers that push up against the boundaries of urban thought, policy and practice – papers that aim to critique the urban mainstream as well identify new possibilities for understanding and acting on urban challenges.
|Presenter||Helga Leitner*, University of California, Los Angeles, Eric S Sheppard, UCLA, Excavating viable alternative urbanisms||20||10:00 AM|
|Presenter||Jonathan Bratt*, Arizona State University, Heat and Noise: Public Life as Socioaesthetic Practice||20||10:20 AM|
|Presenter||Cristina Temenos*, University of Manchester - Manchester, Relational urban politics: Resisting austerity urbanism in European cities||20||10:40 AM|
|Presenter||William Monteith*, Queen Mary University of London, Markets and monarchs: Alternative urbanisms in postcolonial Kampala||20||11:00 AM|
|Presenter||Leandro Minuchin*, University of Manchester, Prefigurative urbanisation: capital, dissent and the temporalities of territorial production||20||11:20 AM|
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