In numerous European cities, a variety of protest movements have been taking to the streets, using the urban arena to contest economic, social and political precarity. How can we understand such new forms of urban mobilization in a comparative perspective? And what do they mean for city administrations, for civil society groups, for urban citizens themselves, all of whom are becoming new political subjects? This two-day conference will examine the changing nature of urban politics in and at the southern borders of Europe. Its focus will lie on new forms of urban mobilization and on new urban mobilities, asking how these are transforming the nature of European politics today.
Adopting a comparative approach, the conference will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines, ranging from area studies, anthropology and geography to political science, legal studies and urban planning. Along with academic presentations and one public keynote address, the conference will also feature a public workshop with urban artists, activists and practitioners, highlighting some of the ways in which the boundaries of the political are being reconfigured in today’s cities.
The academic presentations will be structured around 4 thematic panels:
1. New urban politics, new urban publics
2. Gendering the city: new geographies of embodied difference
3. Neoliberalizing the city: the new geographies of dispossession
4. Divided cities: new mobilities, new exclusions
The invited keynote address will feature Prof. dr. Ayse Caglar, Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna.
Wednesday 18 December 20:00-21:30 - Spui25 Academic Cultural Centre
'Mobilities in the European ‘Fearless’ Cities 2'
Program Thursday 19 December - Allard Pierson Nina van Leerzaal
9:30 Registration & Welcome from ACES and ACMES directors; introduction to the conference
10:00- 12:00 Panel I: New Urban Politics, New Urban Publics
12 :00-13 :00 Lunch
13 :00-15 :00 Panel II: Gendering the City: New Geographies of Embodied Difference
15 :00-15 :30 Coffee catered at the Museum Café
15 :30-17 :00 Keynote Address: Prof. Dr. Ayse Caglar (Vienna) titled 'Migrants, cities and contentious politics'
17 :00-17 :30 Presentation of ACMES Thesis Prize
17 :30 Drinks reception catered at the Museum Café
18 :30 Dinner for conference participants
Program Friday 20 December - Allard Pierson Nina van Leerzaal
10 :00- 12 :00 Panel III: Divided Cities : New Mobilities, New Exclusions
12 :00-13 :00 Lunch
13 :00-15 :00 Panel IV: Neo-liberalizing the City : New Geographies of Dispossession
15 :00-15 :30 Closing words and coffee