Asian Symposium: Agrarian Urbanisms: Tracking Urbanization beyond Cities in Asia II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Asian Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (MDT)
Room: 8212, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Shubhra Gururani, Sai Balakrishnan
Chairs: Shubhra Gururani


In this double panel, we propose the concept of ‘agrarian urbanism’ to explore the unprecedented rural-agrarian transformation that has accompanied rapid urbanization in Asia. Focusing mostly on peripheral urbanization as it has taken shape in the far and near edges of Asia’s metropolitan cities, the panel draws attention to the multi-scalar transformations that extend beyond the city and forge a conversation between urban studies and agrarian studies. In engaging with the debates on planetary urbanization and comparative urbanisms, the aim of the panel is to understand the changing question of land and agrarian property regimes and gain an understanding of how rural and urban geographies are coproduced in predominantly agrarian societies. The papers in the panels engage with the historically sedimented entanglements of colonial policies, developmentalist dreams, climate change, urban planning, and state initiatives and describe how new urban geographies of capitalist accumulation are spatially negotiated and contested in Asia’s urbanizing frontiers. By moving beyond the landscape of the city, the panel prioritizes agrarian spaces and relations as critical points of entry to revisit the agrarian-urban question. (Chari 2004, Hart 1998, Roy 2016)


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Sai Balakrishnan*, , Recombinant Urbanization: Agrarian-Urban Landed Property and Uneven Develoment in India 17 9:55 AM
Presenter Will Glover*, University Michigan-Ann Arbor, Towards a History of Agrarian Urbanism 17 10:12 AM
Presenter Sudeshna Mitra*, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Periurban Narratives of Land Value: From Investments to Compensation 17 10:29 AM
Presenter Chitra Venkataramani*, , 'A Survey Lies in Wait’: Cartographic Agency and the Line Between the Village and the City in Mumbai 17 10:46 AM
Presenter Kasia Paprocki*, London School of Economics, The Climate Change of Your Desires: Climate Migration and Imaginaries of Rural and Urban Climate Futures 17 11:03 AM
Discussant Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan 15 11:20 AM

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