Rethinking Urban Nature I

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 41st Floor
Organizers: Matthew Gandy, Maan Barua
Chairs: Matthew Gandy


These two sessions present a range of contemporary work on “urban nature” derived from research cross a range of different scales and contexts. The meaning of “urban ecology”, for example, is undergoing a transition that marks a more critically reflective and interdisciplinary approach to “urban political ecology” including new forms of methodological innovation derived from DNA sequencing, phenomenology, ethology, filmmaking, and other fields. Questions of agency are being re-framed to develop dialogues between other-than-human natures and the so-called “new materialisms” including stratigraphic conceptions of space and time. Specific facets of the urban landscape such as wastelands, hydrological imaginaries, and spaces of collective memory are being re-framed as a set of embodied and intersecting socio-ecological realms. How are we to make sense of this kaleidoscope of different entities and entanglements? How does the de-centering of urban environmental discourse from the bounded human subject play out?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Maan Barua*, University of Oxford, Feral ecologies: Mapping into New Delhi’s urban macaque controversy 15 1:20 PM
Presenter Nida Rehman*, University of Cambridge, Mosquitoes and the urban political ecology of stagnant water 15 1:35 PM
Presenter Maros Krivy*, University of Cambridge / Estonian Academy of Arts, Merely Interesting? Wasteland Aesthetics and Late Capitalist Urbanization 15 1:50 PM
Presenter Franklin Ginn*, University of Bristol, Daanish Mustafa, King's College London, Appropriating the vegetal commons 15 2:05 PM
Presenter Sandra Jasper*, University of Cambridge, Lively matter, critical inertia? Reflections on the neo-vitalist turn in geography. 15 2:20 PM
Discussant Nate Millington African Centre for Cities 10 2:35 PM

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