Order, control and transgression in urban public spaces

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Endymion, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Naomi Adiv
Chairs: Naomi Adiv


‘Public space’ frequently denotes the notion of universal access, and this notion is often deployed in the discourse of the right to the city. In the best scenarios, the everyday actions that occur in the public spaces of the city might be representative of everyday democratic life; yet this is often not the case, even in nations which claim to have deep democratic principles. Analyzing attempts at control of public space can bring to light that which is permitted, normative behaviors imposed, and underground desires of excluded communities.

In this session, we will consider the mechanisms through which social inclusion ad exclusion operate in the public spaces of the city, in realms including political action, technology, the physical plant, and sexual sociality. We explore how the normative organization of space might be subverted, or transgressed, or refused. In so doing, we ground the challenges of establishing more just and accessible public spaces in specific social and legal challenges to the status quo.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Naomi Adiv*, Portland State University, Municipal provision of public toilets in American cities, and their effect on access to public space by various user groups 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Peter T Dunn*, University of Washington, Digital ordering of public space: The city, software, and exclusion 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Daphne Agosin*, Yale University, Look Up: Creating Extra-Institutional Space in Authoritarianism 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Natalie Rivera Negron*, , Occupation of Public Spaces in Urban Centers, Regulations and their Role in Delineating New Spacial Dynamics: A Case Study in the Municipalities of Caguas and Humacao, Puerto Rico 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Alexandra Fanghanel*, University of Greenwich, A penetrated space: At the threshold of propriety, sexual practice and public space 20 9:20 AM

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