About the Conference

Conference: 19th-20th of October 2020, Bremen (Germany)

The world is turning urban, and every day, both in everyday life and through the media, we experience the breadth and depth of the changes this transformation brings with it and will continue to do so in future – climate change and migration, the loss of biodiversity or the handling of social pluralisation… In several respects, these and other major issues of our time are essentially also urban issues.

It is with this in mind that the conference Latin American Urban Research in Dialogue invites scholars to exchange views on the potential of Latin American urban research to contribute with its concepts, theories and/or methods to an urban knowledge production that is both sensitive to place and local context while all the same speaking to issues of shared international relevance. In other words, the conference aims to expound on an urban theory that is rooted in “ordinary” Latin American urban experiences while speaking to global concerns (cf. Robinson 2006, Robinson and Roy 2016).

Two assumptions underlie the conception of the conference. Firstly, urban theory is still
primarily, and often unreflectedly, based on a store of European and American urban experiences. Despite a growing concern with truly global theory formation, ‘theory’ is still conceived largely on the basis of the framework conditions applying to the global North, while the global South is merely allowed to provide examples of urban ‘problem situations’ and their ‘development’ (according to models of the North) (cf. Robinson 2002).

Secondly, in many ways Latin American urban research offers manifold points of reference for developing significant contributions to international theory building in the field of urban studies. The history of urbanisation in Latin America can serve in a variety of ways to build bridges of understanding or, via its concepts, promote clarity in the dialogue surrounding comparative urban research (for an anthology that points in this direction see e.g. Huffschmid and Wildner 2013). Unfortunately, however, much of this Latin American urban knowledge production receives only little attention outside the region.

Contributions face the following questions:

(a) What can we learn globally from Latin American everyday urban experiences?

(b) What are the concepts, theories and/or models that are, or can be, developed from these experiences (and/or what methods are particular responsive to their study)?

(c) How have these concepts/approaches/etc. been received internationally in recent
years with regard to the development of an ‘ordinary’ and at the same time ‘global’ urban theory?

Call for Papers

Our Call for Papers is still open until April 15th, 2020. We are looking for renown and early career scholars as well as postgraduate students.

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