AAG 2022: Urban Political Geographies of Transport Interventions
Date de début : 25 Février 2022 09:00
Date de fin : 1 Mars 2022 16:30
Lieu : New York | États-Unis
Organisé par :
American Association of Geographers
Source de l'information :
Anurag Mazumdar (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) Gaurav Mittal (National University of Singapore)
In recent years, several ambitious projects of reforming or rebranding urban transport have been taking shape in cities across the Global North and South, that have piqued the interest of scholars, practitioners, and policymakers (Kebłowski et al., 2019; Stehlin et al., 2020). Two main interests seem to be driving these interventions—a renewed focus on urban redevelopment and renewal through low-carbon infrastructure-building, and an emphasis on digital platforms to enable smart spaces and people. It is well understood that as cities face fiscal austerity, climate-change induced concerns of pollution and issues of traffic congestion, these projects of a speculative nature will not only reorient urban spaces into newer avenues of capital accumulation but also engender new subjectivities shot through with class, caste, racial, and gender inequalities.
At the same time, new interventions in urban transport issues remain one of the driving forces to recognize newer collectives and unions that attempt to organize older and newer workers to fight processes of urban dispossession (Peters, 2020; Rekhviashvili and Sgibnev, 2018). While these projects remain keenly wedded to a removal of collective solidarities among urban populations, these ambitions necessarily remain incomplete as human infrastructures come together to reform the formal designs of these projects into informal and subversive ends.
With attention to this context, this session calls for the papers – offering theoretical discussions and empirical studies alike – examining how digital platforms and low-carbon solutions are reshaping urban transport politics in Global North and South cities, how these interventions intersect with renewed interests in urban renewal, how these projects while purportedly equal, perpetuate inequalities steeped in intersections of axes of difference and the ways in which the formal designs of these transport interventions remain incomplete.
If you are interested in presenting a paper in this panel, please email your abstract (maximum 250 words) by 17 October 2021 to Anurag Mazumdar (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Gaurav Mittal (email@example.com). Panelists will be notified by 18 October. As both of us are uncertain of traveling to New York for the conference, we envisage this panel to be virtual.
All accepted participants will be required to: 1) register for the AAG meeting; 2) submit your abstract to the AAG following the AAG guidelines (http://www.aag.org/aag2022nyc) and send your PIN number to the organizers by 30 October 2021.