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The Temporary Turn in Urban Studies II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Julian Brash, Amin Ghaziani
Chairs: Amin Ghaziani


Research in urban studies often focuses on geographic and institutional forms--ranging from neighborhoods to policy regimes to nightlife venues--that are stable and enduring. This session advances a program scholars have recently described as a "temporary turn" (Stillwagon and Ghaziani 2019), one that emphasizes the relationship between ephemerality and place-making. Musical events, cultural festivals, marches and protests, "pop-ups" of various sorts, community gardens, art shows, seasonal land uses, and non-permanent architecture are all examples of urban phenomena that challenge temporal assumptions of relative permanence and rootedness. The papers constituting this panel shift our focus away from fixed places to those that are ephemeral and transient, thereby crafting an an understanding of the city as "a collection of temporary spaces." Drawing on research in a broad variety of contexts, they critically explore the political, social, cultural, and spatial aspects and implications of efforts to produce, alter, or eradicate such spaces in a variety of geographic and historical contexts.

Stillwagon, Ryan and Amin Ghaziani 2019. "Queer Pop-Ups: A Cultural Innovation in Urban Life." City & Community 18(3): 874-95.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Trushna Parekh*, Texas Southern University, Damon Scott, Miami University, Second Lining and the Affective Disruption of Gentrification in San Francisco’s Polk Gulch Neighborhood 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Claire Panetta*, Pace University, Spend Your Day in Khalifa: Ephemeral Place-Making as Politics in Post-Revolution Cairo 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Troy D. Glover*, University of Waterloo, Kelley A. McClinchey, University of Waterloo, Eva Dodsworth, University of Waterloo, Markus Wieland, University of Waterloo, Animating Public Space: Forms, Functions, and Meanings 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Julian Brash*, Montclair State University, Ephemerality and Secret-Code Urbanism on the High Line 15 12:00 AM
Presenter John Zarobell*, University of San Francisco, Biennials and Art Fairs: Cultural Tourism in the Asian Megacity 15 12:00 AM

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