A new regional world? Exploring emerging and reconfigured subnational spatial scales 2

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: European Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Christian Sellar, Megan Dixon
Chairs: Christian Sellar


In spite of nation-state revanchism, scholars of spaces organized at what we think of as subnational scales (such as regions, city clusters, post-socialist or post-colonial assemblages, etc.) continue to explore new spatial configurations that prompt reevaluation of our typical broad labels. As the Global South responds to a pattern of erstwhile European colonialism and its consequences, the Global East responds to reorganizations in the former Second World, while the Global North is torn between hyper-globalism and neo-isolationism. Recent efforts to reconfigure space as “planetary urbanization” or similar frameworks substituting traditional regions show the impulse to re-structure our understandings of space.
As a result of the combined decline of regional geographies and the rise of thematic sub disciplines, it is becoming more theoretically challenging to account for new synergies between political economic and social geographies. Our usual frameworks are put into question by globalization along with the emergence of global value chains and production networks, as well as by new sovereignty regimes and transnational bureaucracies. This panel invites synergy among scholars who investigate these reconfigured relationships on which we build our spatial frameworks – e.g. between local elites, international actors, and urban space, or between regions and city networks.
Our discussion may explore whether our case studies represent some convergence with other cities or regions, some particular “post-colonial,” “neoliberal,” or "post-socialist" process, or some attempted replication of a process from another place. We seek to investigate spatially connected phenomena that suggest a new organization of space as well as a new basis for dialogue between cases and theories from different regions.

We welcome contributions including, but not limited to:
1. reflections on the objects of urban and regional research-- the processes, networks, built structures that we consider, and discuss whether we have taken them up because they represent some regional bias or global phenomena
2. Political economies of specific urban spaces in relations with other scales (including the national and regional)
3. Processes of policy mobility across cities and regions. What are the spaces in which policies travel with more or less friction? How do the regional vs. national dimension affect urban policy mobilities?
4. Path dependency vs. globalization. What urban phenomena show convergence with other regions, and what are most influenced by past legacies, such as "post-socialist" processes in Eurasia, market socialist processes in China, neoliberalization and anti-neoliberalization in contemporary North America?
5. Do 21 century spatial phenomena suggest a redrawing of regional categories? What new organizations of space are emerging that cut across traditional regions?

Please send your abstracts and PIN to Megan Dixon MDixon@collegeofidaho.edu and Christian Sellar csellar@olemiss.edu


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