Urban Geography Plenary

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Grand Ballroom D, Astor, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Caroline Nagel, David Wilson
Chairs: Caroline Nagel


This year's Urban Geography plenary features Prof. Roger Keil, who will be discussing the place of suburbia in theoretical and conceptual debates in urban geography. Reviled by most professionals and academics due to their ecological impact and problematic societal effects, the suburbs are largely invisible in theoretical debates on the future of urbanism. Still, suburbanization continues unabated. Around the world, the spatial peripheries of cities are expanding fast and are buzzing with activities. In the process, suburbanization diversifies in morphology, socioeconomic and demographic profile, and the experienced boundaries between the cities and their peripheries are increasingly breaking down. Yet, as pervasive the suburban has become, it is under-researched and perhaps misunderstood. In this intervention, Prof. Keil puts forward the lineaments of a strategy for research and action on suburbanization and suburban ways of life that may guide some of our work in future years. This is based on the experience of a long-term, globally scaled comparative research project. Distilling some of the results of this project, this presentation will look ahead to identify ways in which research on suburbanization could be best placed in the mainstream of theoretical and conceptual debates in urban studies more generally. Assuming that life on the global urban periphery is changing rapidly into a set of post-suburban constellations that provide novel insight into the urban condition, understanding the suburban world and confronting its many challenges is of utmost importance to the work urban geographers need to do. Discussants for this session include Lynnell Thomas and Elvin Wyly.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Roger Keil*, YORK UNIVERSITY, After Suburbia: Lineaments of a strategy for research and action in the suburban century 40 1:20 PM
Discussant Elvin Wyly University of British Columbia 20 2:00 PM
Discussant Lynnell Thomas American Studies, UMass-Boston 20 2:20 PM

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