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New Approaches to Urban Nature: Landscapes, Practices, Ideas II

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Sandra Jasper, Maros Krivy
Chairs: Sandra Jasper


In the current context of rapid environmental change, the “city” provokes a range of different sentiments. It is seen as a cause of environmental degradation and extinction; a site where vulnerable bodies are unevenly exposed to infrastructural risk, failure and violence; a critical arena for building alternative socio-environmental futures; and a laboratory for resilience, rewilding and other techno-ecological experimentations entangled with financial capital. Departing from the untenable city-nature distinction, the notion of urban nature is a subject of new conceptual interest, evokes new types of landscapes, and provides a focal point for (counter-)hegemonic practices. Recent scholarship has focused on post-industrial wastelands, restored wetlands, and other part curated part spontaneous urban refugia; urban experience and corporeal exposure to light, air, radiation and temperature; the appropriation of nature as a source of biomimetic solutions; and epistemological dilemmas of non-representational theories of agency.

This panel session explores these and other themes emerging in and beyond the field of urban political ecology. The discussion will revolve around the following questions: What is the potential of spaces of urban nature to facilitate new forms of socio-environmental integration and political imagination? In which contexts are wastelands and other post-industrial landscapes being transformed from ecological liabilities to financial assets? What are the challenges and limits to the greening of grey infrastructures? How is urban nature differently conceptualized, as relational, networked, lively, emergent, self-organizing, threatening or threatened, in contemporary urban discourses? What kind of theoretical impasses exist between new materialist, neo-Marxist, phenomenological and queer/feminist approaches to urban nature? How do new digital or artificial ecologies impact the urban realm? How is urban nature being reconfigured through new types of scientific data and practices of measurement and sensing?


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Sandra Jasper Humboldt University Berlin 15
Panelist Kevin Grove Florida International University 12
Panelist Kian Goh UCLA 12
Panelist Frederic Neyrat University of Wisconsin 12
Panelist Andrea Zinzani Bologna University 12
Discussant Maros Krivy Estonian Academy of Arts 12

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