Rethinking Urban Nature II

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 41st Floor
Organizers: Matthew Gandy, Maan Barua
Chairs: Maan Barua


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 Matthew Gandy*, University of Cambridge, Saproxylic geographies 15 3:20 PM
Presenter Seth Denizen*, University of California - Berkeley, The Uncertain Animacy of Baroque Soils in Iztapalapa 15 3:35 PM
Presenter Mathilda Rosengren*, University of Cambridge, Affecting the more-than-human – exploring socio-ecological alignments in urban green space preservation 15 3:50 PM
Presenter Krithika Srinivasan*, University of Edinburgh, Nature, agency, and urban India 15 4:05 PM
Presenter Marcus Nyman*, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Unpicking the urban commons: what food and foraging might tell us about the politics of land 15 4:20 PM
Discussant Marcus Owens UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design 10 4:35 PM

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