Discussants

A NON-OCCIDENTALIST WEST: LEARNING FROM THEORIES OUTSIDE THE CANON
18-19 FEBRUARY 2021
Sujata Patel

Sujata Patel is Distinguished Professor at Savitribai Phule Pune University. Earlier she was National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla and has been a teacher of sociology at the Universities of Hyderabad, Pune and SNDT Women’s University. Her work on modernity and social theory, history of sociology/social sciences, urbanization and city-formation, social movements, gender construction, and caste and class formation in India combines an historical sensibility with four perspectives-Marxism, feminism, spatial studies and post structuralism. She has been an active interlocutor of teaching and learning practices, and has written on the challenges that intervene in its reorganization within classrooms and in University structures. She has coordinated a postgraduate online teaching and learning resource of 15 courses in Sociology titled Epathshala. She has authored, edited and co-edited 13 books and 63 peer reviewed papers/book chapters. She is the Series Editor of Oxford India Studies in Contemporary Society (Oxford, India) and Cities and the Urban Imperative (Routledge, India) and in between 2010-2015 edited Sage Studies in International Sociology and Current Sociology Monographs (Sage, London). She has been associated in various capacities with the International Sociological Association and has been its first Vice President for National Associations (2002-2006). She was the President of Indian Sociological Society from January 2016 to December 2017. 

Piro Rexhepi

Piro Rexhepi holds a PhD in Politics from University of Strathclyde. His research focuses on decoloniality, sexuality and Islam. His recent work on racism and borders along the Balkan Refugee Route has been published in a range of mediums in and out of academia including the  International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Critical Muslims and the Guardian among others. 

Tanja Winkler

Tanja Winkler is currently deputy dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Capetown. She holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia where she did research on resident involved and led urban regeneration. Before joining the UCT in 2011, she had a shorter lecturing stint at the University of Sheffield, England, and a longer lectureship at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her current research interests include two distinct, but related, projects: Critically assessing ‘the voice of the poor’ in urban policy and public decision making processes and Critically assessing the role and value of community-university engagements (or service-learning) for the enhancement of teaching, learning and knowledge production.

Kanishka Goonewardena

Kanishka Goonewardena is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at University of Toronto. He received his PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cornell in 1998 and was trained as an architect in Sri Lanka at the University of Moratuwa. His research interests include critical theory and Marxist philosophy, architecture and urban planning, and colonialism, imperialism, nationalism.

PLACES “OFF THE MAP”: BRINGING TO LIGHT THE HIDDEN LOCATIONS OF URBANISATION
18-19 MARCH 2021
Anja Nygren

Anja Nygren is Professor of Global Development Studies and Director of the “Political, Societal and Regional Changes” Doctoral Programme at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Nygren got a PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki in 1995, and she is also Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Helsinki and Adjunct Professor of Political Ecology at the University of Tampere. Nygren’s research interests include urban governance, (urban) political ecology, gentrification and inequality, disasters and displacements; everyday resistance and political representation, and justice and inclusive cities.

Hana Cervinkova

Hana Cervinkova is an educational and urban anthropologist with a geographic focus on East and Central Europe. She is Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology at Maynooth University (Ph.D. New School for Social Research in New York, 2004). Her primary areas of expertise include: a) the anthropology of East/Central Europe – both ethnographically-based research and the conceptual mapping of contemporary developments related to ethnographic research in/of the region as well as the connections between the post-socialist experience and postcolonial histories; b) politics and of memory as it finds expression in the public spaces of Central European cities; c) historical memory and education, particularly issues of nationalism, citizenship, memory and belonging as they emerge in the everyday discourses and practices of Polish school-based education; d) engaged research methodologies. Cervinkova’s research work is interwoven with her pedagogical practice – she has developed and led a number of international grants and initiatives, including a Horizon 2020-funded European doctoral training scheme and award-winning international study programs in partnership with North American universities.

AbdouMaliq Simone

AbdouMaliq Simone is Senior Professorial Fellow at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield. He works on issues of spatial composition in extended urban regions, the production of everyday life for urban majorities in the Global South, infrastructural imaginaries, collective affect, global blackness, and histories of the present for Muslim working classes. Simone is also a research associate at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, visiting professor at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, research associate with the Rujak Center for Urban Studies in Jakarta, and research fellow at the University of Tarumanagara.

Hyun Bang Shin

Hyun Bang Shin is Professor of Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and Environment and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research centres on the critical analysis of the political economy of speculative urbanisation, gentrification and displacement, urban spectacles, and urbanism with particular attention to Asian cities. His recent book includes Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (2015, Policy Press), Planetary Gentrification (2016, Polity Press), Neoliberal Urbanism, Contested Cities and Housing in Asia (2019, Palgrave Macmillan) and more recently, Exporting Urban Korea? Reconsidering the Korean Urban Development Experience (2020, Routledge). He is a trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation, and is editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

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CHALLENGING METHODOLOGIES AND METHODS
15-16 APRIL 2021
Ola Söderström

Ola Söderström is Professor in social and cultural geography at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, since 2003. He received a PhD in human geography from University of Lausanne in 1992. Söderström has been working at numerous research institutions, such as National University of Singapore, UCLA and the University of Basel. He has worked on the social construction of heritage, the role of the visual in urban planning, the geography of architecture, Southern and comparative urbanism, smart urbanism and urban geographies of mental health.

Elena Trubina

Elena Trubina is Professor of Social Theory at Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia. Her research addresses a broad set of issues in social theory, including the ‘mega-events’, the intersections between neoliberalism and cultural industries, cultural memory and built environment, and the interactions between urban space and subjectivities. Trubina is a part of the international interdisciplinary research collective focusing on comparative studies of post-socialism and post-colonialism. She has been a recipient of numerous fellowships, including the ones awarded by Fulbright Foundation, DAAD, Carnegie Foundation, IFK and IWM (Vienna). She is a co-founder of the Research Center for Global Urbanism at her home university. Her books include Gorod v teorii (City in Theory) (Moscow, 2011) and among her recent publications are Trubina E., Gogishvili D., Imhof N, Müller M. (2020)  A part of the world or apart from the world? The postsocialist Global East in the geopolitics of knowledge . 2020/06/30. Eurasian Geography and Economics pp. 1-27. and Trubina, E. (2020) Sidewalk fix, elite maneuvering and improvement sensibilities: The urban improvement campaign in Moscow. Journal of Transport Geography. Vol. 83

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Jennifer Robinson

Jennifer Robinson is Professor of Human Geography at University College London. Her book, Ordinary Cities (Routledge, 2006) developed a post-colonial critique of urban studies. She is finalising a new book, on Comparative Urbanism, proposing methodological foundations for a more global urban studies. Earlier empirical research explored the history of apartheid cities, and the politics of post-apartheid city-visioning. Current empirical projects focus on the politics of large-scale urban developments (London, Johannesburg, Shanghai) and the transnational circuits shaping African urbanisation (Accra, Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe).

Carina Listerborn

Carina Listerborn is a professor in urban planning at the Institute for Urban Research at Malmö University. She is one of the founders of the strong research environment CRUSH – Critical Urban Sustainability Hub (2014–2020), which is a national research network that puts the housing question in the center of sustainability issues. She is also the vice-chair of the Institute for Urban Research (2018–). Her main research interests are feminist urban theory, public spaces, urban conflicts, neo-liberal planning, ‘housing from below’, and housing inequalities. Her most recent research focuses on intersectional perspectives on smart housing developments. She publishes widely and is a frequent speaker in both academic and non-academic conferences and seminars. 

REVISITING THE CONCEPTS OF CRITICAL URBAN STUDIES
17-18 MAY 2021
Matthias Bernt

Matthias Bernt works as a Senior Researcher and acting head of research department 4 “Regeneration of Cities” at the IRS Leibniz Insitutute for Research on Society and Space in Erkner (near Berlin). Previous positions were at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig and, as a Visiting Scholar, at the Columbia University of New York City, the University College of London and the European University of St. Petersburg. Since 1998 Bernt has taught as an Adjunct Lecturer at several German universities, including Humboldt Universität of Berlin where he holds a position of an Adjunct Professor (Privatdozent). Bernt works on the broad field of interrelations between urban development and urban governance, with a strong focus on urban shrinkage and on processes of gentrification.

Miguel A. Martínez

Miguel A. Martínez is Professor of Housing and Urban Sociology at the IBF (Institute for Housing and Urban Research), Uppsala University (Sweden). He has conducted studies about urban sociology, housing, social movements, and participatory-activist methodologies. He is the author of Squatters in the Capitalist City (Routledge, 2020), editor of The Urban Politics of Squatters’ Movements (Palgrave, 2018), and co-editor of Contested Cities and Urban Activism (Palgrave, 2019). Most of his publications are freely available at: www.miguelangelmartinez.net

Thomas Maloutas

Thomas Maloutas is currently Professor Emeritus in Social Geography at the Department of Geography, Harokopio University of Athens. He received a PhD in 1982 from the University Paris Nanterre. Maloutas is the former Director of the Institute of Urban and Rural Sociology of the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) and Professor at the Department of Planning, University of Thessaly. His work is related to the changing social structures in metropolitan areas in the era of capitalist globalisation with a focus on issues of segregation and gentrification related to housing and welfare regimes. His research and published work refer mainly to the South European urban context and especially to Athens. Among current projects are the Athens Social Atlas and COHSMO (H2020).

Monika Streule

Monika Streule is an urban scholar and is teaching at the Department of Architecture ETH Zürich. Her research engages with the social production of space, urbanization processes and inventive methodologies of qualitative research. She is interested in comparative urbanism and a relational understanding of urban territory from post- and decolonial perspectives for a more global approach to understanding cities. Currently, she is working on her second book project on a decolonized socio-territorial approach in urban studies with a regional focus on Latin America, particularly Mexico City and La Paz-El Alto in Bolivia. She received her PhD in Urban Studies from ETH Zürich and holds a MA in Anthropology, Sociology and Political Sciences. She has been a visiting researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM in several occasions, and conducted post-doctoral studies at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University College London, at the HafenCity University Hamburg and at the Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana José Antonio Echeverría CUJAE. www.monikastreule.net