On Wednesday 21 October 2020, 16.00 – 17.30 (Central European Time - GMT +2), we are launching online the recently published special issue of Urban Forum, Juxtacities: Urban Difference, Divides, Authority and Citizenship in the Global South (Volume 31, Issue 3, September 2020), edited by Amanda Hammar and Marianne Millstein.
Focus of the Juxtacities special issue
Multiple differences and their dynamic juxtapositions and divides, are foundational to urban life, space and governance. But how are such differences and divides (re)produced, articulated and/or contested, and what are their effects on urban authority and citizenship?
These are key questions explored in this special issue. Through a conceptual lens we call ‘juxtacity’, we examine situated social, spatial, economic, political and other differences and their diverse articulations with one another. Juxtacity provides a relational lens through which to identify and explain the origins, dynamics and effects of various urban differences and divides, and to trace how they are intertwined in the production of and contestations over forms of urban authority and citizenship.
More specifically, the collection draws attention to how power relations and practical encounters between a range of specific authorities and differentiated citizens are shaped in and by particular configurations of juxtaposed and entangled differences. This is crucial for understanding the visible and invisible workings of domination, exclusion and violence in urban spaces, but also the many ways that juxtaposed differences inform local urban imaginaries, adaptations and modes of resistance.
While relevant for all cities, the juxtacity special issue draws on cases from both Africa and Asia, through which it offers an openly comparative southern/south-eastern urbanism that contributes to the wider project of critical urban studies.
- 16.00: Brief introduction to the Juxtacity approach and outline of the special issue, Amanda Hammar and Marianne Millstein
- 16.15: Locating the juxtacity ideas and special issue within Urban Forum’s broad intellectual project, Sophie Oldfield
- 16.25: Presenting ‘The City is Burning! Street Economies and the Juxtacity of Kigali, Rwanda’, Samuel Shearer
- 16.40: Presenting ‘State, Security and People along the Urban Frontiers: Juxtapositions of Identity and Authority in Quetta’, Faizaan Quayyum
- 16.55: Locating the juxtacity approach and special issue within global debates on southern/southeastern urbanism and critical urban studies, Vanessa Watson
- 17.10: Open Q & A, moderated by Amanda Hammar
Associate Professor and Director of the Centre of African Studies at the University of Copenhagen, and President of the European African Studies Association (AEGIS).
Senior Researcher at the Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo Metropolitan University.
Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Cape Town and University of Basel, and Co-Editor of Urban Forum.
Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies, Faculty of Urban Humanities, Duke University.
Doctoral candidate at the Department of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Professor of City Planning in the School of School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town, and Global South Editor of Urban Studies.
As an online launch event, it will be necessary to register by latest noon, Monday 19 October. The registration link is found on the launch programme page at the above link. Once registered, you will receive the relevant Zoom details closer to the event itself.
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