Flattened Scale Beyond the Second World II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Eurasian Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Balcony L, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Megan Dixon, Sven Wolfe
Chairs: Michael Gentile


Flattened Scale Beyond the Second World
In this series of sessions we propose to take flat ontologies seriously, doing away with hierarchical, container-oriented thinking that places the local scale within the national and the national within the global (Marston, Jones, and Woodward 2005; Brenner 2004; Smith 2003). From this ontological foundation we endeavor to redress the criticism that only the Global North produces theory, while the rest of the world provides case studies (Roy and Crane 2015; Comaroff and Comaroff 2012). However, in these sessions we move beyond the limited and limiting North / South paradigm and wish to reinscribe the East. Students of cases in the so-called Second World, particularly the former Soviet regions, maintain that the socialist and post-socialist experiences have much to contribute to ongoing debates about how to understand phenomena below and beyond the privileged scale of the nation-state so much discussed in geopolitics.

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 Global North or South. We explicitly do not limit ourselves to cases from the East in a bid to broaden these conversations beyond the container-oriented thinking that could restrict us only to post-socialist or post-Soviet scholarship.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Matt Wade*, UC Berkeley, Rina Priyani, UC Berkeley, Scales of Sovereignty: Asian Ethnolocality, Bandung, and Migrant Urbanism in the Global Moment 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Sven Daniel Wolfe*, University of Lausanne, Post-Olympic Sochi: legacies of uneven development in an aspiring consumption paradise 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Gruia Badescu*, University of Oxford/SNSPA, Rethinking Urban Geopolitics in "Ordinary" and "Contested" Cities: Perspectives from the South-East 20 10:40 AM
Discussant Jun Wang City University of Hong Kong 20 11:00 AM
Discussant Robert Kopack University of Toronto 20 11:20 AM

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