CFP: Urban Theory’s Others

The Rolling Blackout

Call for Participants
5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies
University of Edinburgh, June 10-12, 2015
Session Organizers: Heather McLean (University of Glasgow) and Leslie Kern (Mount Allison University)
Title: Urban Theory’s Dirty Sweaty Little Others
Planetary urbanism, urban neoliberalism, creative cities, the precariat, gentrification, urban exploration, sustainability, community arts: contemporary urban theory has no shortage of concepts and topics with high levels of academic and popular currency. Falling under the broad umbrella of “critical [urban] geographies” (Blomley, 2006), these topics (perhaps ironically) form the basis of dominant – and intellectually trendy – conceptual models for understanding the city. Some urban scholars have added nuance to this work by calling for research that decentres a global north-south divide, engages more with post-colonial theories, addresses embodiment and emotion, and fosters a feminist ethic of care, reciprocity, and engagement with research ‘subjects’ (McCann and Ward, 2012; Nagar, 2013; Peake…

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