Throwntogetherness in turbulent times: Diversity, Migration and the City 1 - Urban citizenship

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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Marriott Ballroom Salon 3, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Anna Gawlewicz, Carlos Estrada-Grajales
Chairs: Anna Gawlewicz

Call for Submissions

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
- Living together/conviviality/intergroup contact in diverse urban settings
- Experiences of discrimination and exclusion in the urban context
- Counteracting discrimination and the vindicating narratives of everyday throwntogetherness
- Solidarity networks and dignifying agents in local and global scales
- Migrant-‘host’ encounters in the city
- The ‘host’ population responses to increased ‘visibility’ of migrants in the city
- Migrant/diasporic right to the city, the figure of migrant as city-maker and/or agent of change
- Imagined geographies of cultural minorities in urban environments
- Geographies of sociospatial exclusion within disadvantaged communities
- Alternative and unexpected spaces for/of throwntogetherness
- Community organisations and grassroots responses to multicultural ‘hostility’
- Cultural institutions and the (re)production of multicultural imaginaries
- Media and the normalisation of racism and nationalistic rethorics
- The policy implications of throwntogetherness
- Discursive and policy-related uses of multiculturalism in electorate politics
- Challenges for political participation and representation of culturally diverse communities
- Art, design and cultural expressions as vehicles for claiming human and political rights
- Radical imaginaries and alter-politics from a multicultural perspective
- New and/or alternative methodological approaches to explore throwntogetherness in the city


We are currently witnessing a profound global change associated with austerity, accelerated population movement, and the rise of populist and nationalist sentiments. A reflection of this is a political and policy shift towards the so called ‘hostile environment’: a condition of uncertainty increasingly penetrating different aspects of everyday life (e.g. European migration crisis, forced displacements in Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia, Brexit in the UK, Trump in the US, ‘stop the boats’ and revival of ‘white Australia’ policies). Doreen Massey (2005) famously spoke of ‘throwntogetherness’ to refer to spaces where people who are different from each other in terms of ethnicity, religion, class, sexuality, gender, age and disability are ‘thrown together’. How is throwntogetherness embodied, enacted, claimed, denied and dismissed as hostile policies creep into our everyday lives?

This session seeks to explore the connections between discourses and practices of top-down multiculturalism promulgated and facilitated (or not) by government agencies, city authorities and other ‘decision-making’ institutions, and/or bottom-up responses executed by urban dwellers and community organizations. This session expects to open a discussion about the generation of radical political imaginaries, following Hage (2015) from the perspective offered by minorities, often pushed to the limits of exclusion in modern cities. We are interested in the opportunities and challenges that cities face in turbulent times and that diverse communities (including migrants, minority ethnic population, activist organisations, etc.) experience in the city in the context of this ‘hostile environment’. We ask for theoretical provocations, as well for empirically and methodologically-minded papers critically engaging with concepts such as ‘urban citizenship’, ‘right to the city’, ‘politics of representation’, ‘superdiversity’, ‘conviviality’ and ‘pluralism’ as examples of new dominant buzzwords in official discourses in current cities. Our objective is to unpack the power relations behind not only new scenarios generated by nationalist and exclusionary social policies in cities, but also the responses articulated by those who get excluded or have a small veneer of political representation.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Anna Gawlewicz University of Glasgow 10 8:00 AM
Introduction Carlos Estrada-Grajales QUT 10 8:10 AM
Presenter Oren Yiftachel*, Ben-Gurion University, Nir Cohen, Bar-Ilan University, Displaceability and Defensive Urban Citizenship(s): Urban Politics of 'Throwntogetherness' in Tel-Aviv 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Alistair Sheldrick*, University of Manchester, Hostile state bureaucracies and the intersecting geographies of asylum and austerity in the UK. 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Ashley Hernandez*, University of California, Irvine, Local Activism Online and in the Built Environment: Activist Networks in the Affordable Housing and Gentrification Debate in Boyle Heights 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Claudia Wilopo*, University of Basel, Alternative geographies of citizenship: An ethnographic study of spaces of urban citizenship in Switzerland 20 9:20 AM

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