The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Reasserting Difference, Diversity and Inclusion in the age of Trump.

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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Galerie 6, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Julian Agyeman
Chairs: Elijah Anderson


The racial dynamics of public life in US cities are in a constant state of flux, where gentrification and displacement, the rise of the ‘ethnoburb’ and rising inequalities represent the tip of the iceberg in terms of fundamental political and demographic shifts. Yet there are many spaces in US cities, such as Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, that represent ‘cosmopolitan canopies’ (Anderson 2011), where there is cultural convergence, racial, ethnic and class intermixing in civil and friendly ways. Recent pronunciations by the Trump administration however, have challenged urban theorists, policymakers and planners, whose work has centered on developing strategies around difference, diversity and inclusion, and multi- and intercultural approaches to city building and place-making. Never has the potential in the concept of the cosmopolitan canopy been so important.

This session seeks papers that address one or more of four key questions:

• What role could the Cosmopolitan Canopy play in reasserting, difference, diversity and inclusion, and multi- and intercultural approaches to urban planning and place-making?
• How can the concept of the Cosmopolitan Canopy be enrolled to challenge the rise of separatist and segregationalist discourses?
• In what ways can urban policymakers, planners and other place-makers develop, or catalyze the development of Cosmopolitan Canopies?
• How is race experienced in the Cosmopolitan Canopy and moreover, in what meaningful ways can prevention, treatment and restoration be rendered to Cosmopolitan Canopies that are rented by ethnocentric and exclusionary practices of the dominant group against social minorities (African Americans, Latinx, women, etc.)?

Suggestions for paper topics include (but are not limited to): urban policy and planning; multi- and interculturalist place-making; difference, diversity and inclusion; challenging separatist and segregationalist discourses; ethnographic research in planning; creative land use control and zoning; alternative land use practices. While the focus will be on the US, we welcome papers dealing with a range of geographic and temporal settings.

Anderson, Elijah (2011). The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life, W. W. Norton & Company.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Julian Agyeman TUFTS UNIVERSITY 10 8:00 AM
Presenter Pascale Joassart-Marcelli*, San Diego State University, Fernando Bosco*, San Diego State University, The Cosmopolitan Foodscape: Food and Social Encounters in an Immigrant Neighborhood 15 8:10 AM
Presenter Cheryl Teelucksingh*, Ryerson University, Public Culture and Social Change: A Case Study of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche 15 8:25 AM
Presenter Alison Alkon*, University of the Pacific, Frances Moore, Self Help Hunger Program, Josh Cadji, Phat Beets Produce, From Iconic Ghetto to Cosmopolitan Canopy: Food and Gentrification in Oakland, CA 15 8:40 AM
Presenter Massimo Bricocoli*, DASTU, Politecnico di Milano, Paola Briata, DASTU, Politecnico di Milano, Martina Bovo, DASTU, Politecnico di Milano, A mobile cosmopolitan canopy? Explorations of the 90/91 bus in Milan 15 8:55 AM
Discussant Elijah Anderson 20 9:10 AM

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