BLOG No. 1


Morning View. Tokyo, Japan. Photo Credit: Will LaFleur

By Will LaFleur

Helsinki, Fi — Welcome to the inaugural week of Dislocating Urban Studies: rethinking theory, shifting practice!

As we prepare to dive into our February focus – A Non-occidentalist West: Learning From Theories Outside the Canon – we provide here a little more detail regarding the schedule and flow of the workshop days and encourage you to preview (or preview again!) the upcoming presentations and get to know the discussants for each day. All this information can be found by clicking on the “Speakers” tab in the menu. Also, please be reminded that the main schedule information can be consulted in the “Workshops” section of this website, so please look there for a visual overview of the schedule.

Let’s have a quick look at Thursday’s paper presentations (Sessions 1-4).

Tightly adhering to the non-occidentalist theme, Thursday’s papers collectively and effectively derail the canon from its tracks. Attendees will find themselves charging beyond Lefebvre, winding through genealogies and past hitherto unseen narratives that (decolonial) turn South in an exploration of knowing and thinking/doing differently only to arrive – but not promising to stop – at more-than-suburban spaces to dwell in a new empirics of reflexivity and unlearning. And if this journey has you feeling confused, we kindly encourage you to navigate to the “Speakers” tab to have closer look at the presentation abstracts – that should help you find some footing. Furthermore, please do check the “Library” tab, where you’ll also find a selection of literature drawn from the paper presentations, and meant to help guide you.

The lineup for Thursday, February 18.

Lorena Melgaço Silva Marques (Morning)
Claudia Fonseca Alfaro (Afternoon)

Sujata Patel (Morning)
Kanishka Goonewardena (Afternoon)

Morning Sessions

Presentation 1:
Nobukhosi Ngwenya, University of Capetown, School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics; Capetown, South Africa
Unlearning within the canon: A critical reflection on navigating ‘Western’ theory’s Eurocentricism in the global South

Presentation 2:
Nelson Carroza Athens, Playa Ancha University, Social Science Faculty; Valparaíso, Chile
The Popular Habitat: Decolonizing the Genealogies of Urban Thought in Latin America

Presentation 3:
Bruna Ferreira Montuori, Royal College of Art, School of Architecture; London, U.K.
Cartography of hidden narratives: reconfiguring planning practices through the case of Maré, Rio de Janeiro

Presentation 4:
Nipesh Palat Narayanan, University of Florence, The Laboratory for Social Geography; Florence, Italy
Isme kya rakha hai? Informality as a privileged manifestation of urban theory built on southern empirics

Afternoon Sessions

Presentation 5:
Vladimir Rizov, University of Southampton, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology; Southampton, U.K.
Towards a Critique of Lefebvre’s Production of Space: The Limits of Eurocentrism and Idealism

Presentation 6:
Simone Vegliò, King’s College, Department of Geography; London, U.K.
Postcolonizing Planetary Urbanization: Aníbal Quijano and an Alternative Genealogy of the Urban

Presentation 7:
Greta Scolari, University of Milan-Bicocca, Department of Sociology and Social Research; Milan, Italy
Lorenzo De Vidovich, University of Trieste, Department of Political and Social Sciences; Trieste, Italy
Manifold theories for a lexicon: navigating multiple geographies of post-suburbia

A few session notes

There are a few minor details regarding the workshop flow that are not indicated in the daily schedule. These details will remain constant throughout the workshop series, so you can always come back to this blog post if you need a refresher about procedure.

-Discussants will open their session with a short introduction, about 10 minutes.
-Each presenter then has 10 minutes to present.
-Each discussant has 15 minutes to comment.
-After the second (or final) presenter in each session, there will be 10 minutes for Q&A. Please listen in the sessions for instructions on how to ask questions.

We hope you’re as excited as we are! If you have any questions for need clarification, as always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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