Humanist Planning in the Age of Capitalocene

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Ethnonationalism and Exclusion Around the World
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Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PST)
Room: Virtual 26
Organizers: Ihnji Jon
Chairs: Ihnji Jon

Call for Submissions

If you'd like to participate in the session, please email me at: OR; please submit an abstract (max 250 words), your name, and PIN number by October 30th.


Humanist Planning in the Age of Capitalocene


With the resurgence of neo-Malthusian sentiments, it is now time to reflect on humanist ethics in urban planning and geography. If the COVID-19 crisis has been a "war" against humanity, could it also be a trigger for "post-war" humanism?

In 'Between Past and Future', Hannah Arendt writes that any human being, by his/her/their sheer appearance and sudden insertion to the world, has the agency to deflect the direction of 'the Future', the time continuum of which has now changed as the new person interrupts.

To pursue humanism in the age of Capitalocene is not to dismiss the climate crisis and its existential threat -- rather, it is to radically reaffirm our collective capacity and agency to make urgently needed interventions to the automated, consumption-driven status quo.

The session welcomes the papers of following suggested themes (but new propositions are also welcome):

(1) Papers that explore humanist values in the era of Anthropocene and Capitalocene

(2) Papers that discuss Youth Population and their future in the age of Capitalocene

(3) Papers that discuss "situated innovation (climate conscious/ youth education)" practices especially in Global South cities context (see Edgar Pieterse Loeb Lecture:

(4) Papers that discuss environmentalism that reaches out to the unlikely audiences (e.g., how do we talk about environmentalism when people are concerned about jobs, neighbourhood violence, housing, running water/electricity?)

(5) Papers that discuss climate migration and sanctuary cities (local efforts for pro-migration)

For "situated justice", see this paper: Lake, R. W. (2018). Locating the social in social justice. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 108(2), 337-345.

I've personally written an essay Against anti-human sentiments in environmentalism : "A manifesto for planning after the coronavirus: Towards planning of care." Planning Theory 19, no. 3 (2020): 329-345. (Open Access)

If you'd like to participate in the session, please email me at: OR; please submit an abstract (max 250 words), your name, and PIN number by October 30th.
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Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ihnji Jon*, University of Melbourne, Prince K. Guma, British Institute in Eastern Africa, Humanist Ethics in Planning in the Era of Capitalocene 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Max Ritts*, University of Minnesota, Growing Up Sustainable? Capital, Waste and Critical Utopian Action Research in Copenhagen 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Hsi-Chuan Wang*, , A Discourse Analysis on the Future of Informal Settlement in Accra: A Sustainability Perspective 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Momen El-Husseiny*, American University in Cairo, Can nature speak in post-revolution planning? Trees, Floods, and Asphalt in Cairo’s Disruptive Capitalocene 15 8:45 AM
Discussant Meg Holden Simon Fraser University 15 9:00 AM

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