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The Temporary Turn in Urban Studies I

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


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 Amin Ghaziani*, University of British Columbia, Ryan Stillwagon, University of British Columbia, The Temporary Turn in Urban Studies: Evidence from Queer Pop-Ups in Vancouver 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Sasha Allgayer*, , Urban Imaginaries: Rio Olympics in the Temporary Turn 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Molly Doane*, University of Illinois - Chicago, Pop-Up Ecologies: Urban Gardens in Chicago 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Eliot Tretter*, University of Calgary, Creative Re-Use: The Promise and Challenges of Temporary Land Use in Calgary 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Jeff Maskovsky*, The Graduate Center CUNY, The Enduring Political Effects of “Flash Mobs” 15 12:00 AM

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