Flattened Scale Beyond the Second World I

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Eurasian Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Balcony L, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Megan Dixon, Sven Wolfe
Chairs: Megan Dixon


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 First World / Global North. The Second World, particularly the former Soviet regions, sits uneasily in the North/South paradigm, but students of its cases maintain that the socialist and post-socialist experiences have much to contribute to ongoing debates about how to understand phenomena below the privileged scale of the nation-state so much discussed in geopolitics. Contributions to the session might consider how empirical cases offer insight into processes (such as gentrification or smart cities) in a way to translocalize the discussion of those processes; might uncover layered spatial arrangements that demonstrate how scaled processes coexist in horizontal space even as they act with some independence; or show how “taking place seriously” can undo the container-oriented assumptions of state regimes and reveal dynamics outside the “core” or center which are crucial to analysis of regions’ futures. Urban processes are the primary ones envisioned as part of the discussion, but analysis of other sites is welcome.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Megan Dixon*, The College of Idaho, Planners contra geopolitics in communist and post-socialist Russia and China 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Michael Gentile*, University of Oslo, Gentrifications beyond the global north-west: Tele-urbanization, Schengtrification and color-splashing 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Thomas Borén*, Stockholm University, Craig Young, Manchester Metropolitan University, Creative city politics in the post-socialist world - local and global in the formation of an 'urban geopolitics' of creativity. 20 8:40 AM
Discussant Corey Johnson University of North Carolina - Greensboro 20 9:00 AM
Discussant Ivan Mitin National Research University Higher School of Economics 20 9:20 AM

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