We warmly welcome you to this four-part series Dislocating Urban Studies: Rethinking Theory, Shifting Practice. This blog will serve as an important tool for deepening the quality of our engagement with each other throughout the next four months. With the COVID-19 pandemic upending any chance of meeting in-person, this blog space figures as one way of responding to the new realities of academic conferencing. Here, we will both preview the work from upcoming presentations and engage in extended and expanded discussion, debate, and analysis over key issues in the wake of each workshop. Thus, we propose thinking of this blog as a collaborative space where presenters, discussants, chairs, and attendees are invited to participate in a continuous correspondence toward the development of new and intellectually rigorous ways of thinking through the issues at hand.
Below we outline the intentions for this blog space, set some (great) expectations, and, we hope, precipitate a fever of anticipation (and only anticipation) for the months ahead!
Presentation Previews and Reading Lists
While we prepare for the first workshop on February 18-19 you can expect to find a couple of blog posts (one for each day) providing a brief “Presentation Preview” of the papers being presented in February, and repeating for each month thereafter. These previews are meant to encourage a closer look at the abstracts for the presentations (which can be found in Speakers > Presenters), get to know your fellow workshop series participants, and to draw your attention to the suggested reading lists.
Which brings us to the suggested reading lists!
As an accompaniment to the Presentation Preview, we will curate suggested Reading Lists highlighting literature that presenters have used in their work and that speak to the workshop themes. The suggested readings will ideally help to introduce new or previously unknown and cutting-edge work that will augment the workshop series overall and inspire new ways of working and thinking into the future.
Post-Workshop Collaborative Dialogs and Twitter
After each workshop we will cast a series of short blog posts (2-4) that address and elicit key issues and themes that arose in the presentations and Q&A formats, including things that we were unable to fully explore within the time limitations of the workshops. Using the comments feature in this blog, we call on all participants to engage in an ongoing dialog with each other to further debate, discuss, and develop the ideas presented. By creating an ongoing and engaging dialog with the workshop series themes, we aim to ameliorate some of the less welcome effects the pandemic has had on the knowledge activities of academic work. We sincerely hope you’ll join us in these discussions — indeed, our expectations are great!
In addition to developing a dialog on the website, we also want to ensure that the insights shared and developed are made available to a wider audience. We will use Twitter as a way of engaging and connecting scholars from around the world. A live feed will be generated during the workshop days and periodic tweets will reverberate through the Tweet-o-sphere (is that how it’s called?) throughout the series. You can follow us at this handle: @dislocatingUS, and we hope you will share these (sure-to-be profound) musings with your networks.
With these great expectations set, we encourage everyone to explore the website to see what’s on the menu over the next few months. As always, if you have questions, comments, concerns, or do not find something you were expecting, please feel free to contact us. We will be seeing you soon!
The Dislocating Urban Studies Team