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Rethinking the City from the Margins: Encountering Urban Race and Caste

Type: Paper
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Sangeeta Banerji, Thomas Crowley
Chairs: Thomas Crowley

Description

Lefebvre writes that the urban is not just a space of encounter; it is also born out of encounters. At different conjunctures, people, places, processes and objects collide to give shape to an urban reality. When these encounters with difference are suppressed, the city risks becoming an segregated and unequal space. In this session, by providing the space for an encounter between the theoretical margins of the North American city and that of the post-colonial city, we open up the possibility of a new kind of urban theory and imaginary.
Responding to the discussions on the processes of planetary urbanization, Roy (2015) has written that “the urban is not a universal form but a historical process… that affects the whole territory of the world.” Critiquing the generalizable theory proposed by the proponents of planetary urbanization, she suggests that they misread “historical difference” as “empirical variation,” and continue to produce a Eurocentrism that relegates urban theory from the postcolony to the margins. In this paper session, extending Roy’s arguments, we bring together research that has remained on the margins of all urban theory. Despite the great volumes of literature on the postcolonial city in the recent past, discussion surrounding the contentious politics of caste, gender and religion have remained very limited. Only recently have the structural inequalities produced by racialized urban policies in North America seen a resurgence within Geography, yet much more must be done. In an attempt to create encounters between the urban margins of the North and South, we propose to create the encounters for a new urban revolution.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Sangeeta Banerji Rutgers University 2 12:00 AM
Presenter Harsha Anantharaman*, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, Waste-Picking, Data Activism, and the State in Chennai, India 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Priti Narayan*, Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities, Local politics for survival in the margins of an Indian city 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Erin Royals*, Rutgers University, Uncovering the Development of Westport's Private Sidewalks 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Samantha Bowden*, Rutgers University, "Symbols and Systems: From Confederate Monuments to the Struggle Against Racial Capitalism in Neoliberal New Orleans." 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Thomas Crowley Rutgers University 10 12:00 AM

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