The CONTESTED_CITIES conference will be a forum of radical academics, practitioners and activists from different theoretical, disciplinary and geographical backgrounds coming together to probe the multiple forms of urban injustice that shape cities across the world. Cities have always been contested spaces in which struggles over different political visions of urban development, planning and life take place; yet urban contestation is increasing. In recent years this has been manifested through austerity urban-ism, crisis politics and processes of financialisation. Millions of urban citizens are experiencing dispossession, displacement and expulsion on a daily basis; their ‘right to the city’ has been denied by diverse forms of neoliberal and authoritarian urban governance. At the same time there is growing global resistance and counter-strategies to these injustices, varying in form, scale and approach. The conference will develop counter-dialogues and perspectives, fighting against these injustices, in an attempt to go beyond neoliberalism.
CONTESTED_CITIES is a network of researchers from Europe and Latin America that researches and analyses the processes of neoliberalisation of space, gentrification and social contestation. Our research has involved methodological innovation in particular through audio-visual methodologies. At this conference we will present our findings and open up a dialogue with colleagues, practitioners and activists from across all continents. The conference will be structured around the following five streams:
1. CONCEPTS FOR CRITICAL URBANISMS – BEYOND THE NEW GLOBAL URBAN QUESTION
2. THE GLOBAL URBAN HOUSING QUESTION
3. NEW REGIMES OF EXPULSION – SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE VIOLENCE OF DISPLACEMENT
4. NEW FORMS AND LIMITS OF GENTRIFICATION
5. THE NEW URBAN ALTERNATIVES – SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, THEIR SOCIO SPATIAL PRACTICES, AND THE USE OF VISUAL METHODOLOGIES
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