CfP - Urban resilience @ ASA 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Please find below a call for papers for panel A07 "Shaking Grounds. Strategies for urban resilience when homes make no safe heavens", which will be held at the ASA Conference 2019 on 3-6 September 2019 in Norwich, UK.

We call for contributes that engage with home, a special place where multiple vulnerabilities intersect, while sustainable livelihoods can be pursued. Without limiting our focus on mobility, how can urban ethnography contribute to policy-relevant researches which aim at enabling spatial justice?This panel invites ethnography- based contributions exploring urban knowledge (and its infrastructures) that critically engage with different knowledge practices in the context of contemporary 'urban challenges'.

Dr Aurora Massa (University of Trento)
Dr Sara Bonfanti (University of Trento)

To propose a paper, please follow the link: via the ASA website by 8 April 2019.

Panel A07 "Shaking Grounds. Strategies for urban resilience when homes make no safe heavens"

Long abstract:
A key sustainable development goal for 2030 hopes for "making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable". This panel invites contributes that engage with the enlacement between home, a specific kind of space (Douglas 1991), and vulnerability, a shifting existential condition (Das 2007). If one's dwelling place should provide a safe base from the intrinsic frailty of being human, its lived experience reveals the continuous interplay of risks and anchorages, in material, symbolic and relational terms. Homes make a threshold between domestic power scuffles (also mediated by gender and age) and everyday social exposure, ranging from homelessness or lack of shelter to precarious, inadequate or segregated housing arrangements. Multi-scale vulnerabilities may result harsher when considering mobile populations in urban milieus, such as economic migrants and refugees, who often inhabit the social margins, constrained by instances of legal instability and intersectional exclusion (Soya 2010). This panel calls for different case studies that offer empirical evidence on home as a site of spatial un/justice, where not only multiple vulnerabilities intersect, but social equity and sustainability can also be pursued, complying with or resisting to institutional powers. Without limiting our reflection to migration and diversity matters, we ponder: how can critical, participatory and/or policy-relevant researches in urban ethnography contribute to analyse homes as arenas for more inclusive rights to the city?


Looking forward to hearing from you.
With thanks,

Sara and Aurora

Contact Info

Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA)
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Baie d'Urfe (Québec) H9X 3T8