Konferenzen – Call for Papers

Dwelling (on) the urban future: Latin American cities between ethical concerns and market forces

In this panel, we seek empirical research on the changing expectations for the subcontinent’s cities. We are interested in grassroots and bottom-up initiatives which mobilize to imagine alternative urban services and facilities to those designed by powerholders and market forces.

  • Zeitraum: 12.06.2019 – 14.06.2019
  • Institution: DGSKA
  • Ort: Bonn / Deutschland
  • Einzureichen bis: 25. Januar 2019
  • Zusätzliche Unterlagen: Please send abstracts of maximum 100 words, with your name and institution
  • Unterlagen an: raul.acosta[at]gmx.de

Dwelling (on) the urban future: Latin American cities between ethical concerns and market forces

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Conference: “Future today/yesterday/tomorrow: visions of future(s) in the Americas”.
Joint conference of the regional working groups of the German Anthropological Association (GAA): Indigenous North America, Mesoamerica, South America and Afro-America

June 12-14, 2019, University of Bonn

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Conveners of the panel:
Prof. Eveline Dürr
Dr. Raúl Acosta

In this panel, we seek empirical research on the changing expectations for the subcontinent’s cities. We consider a wide spectrum of ethical concerns including environmental care, universal access, reducing socioeconomic inequalities, among other issues. Latin American cities have historically been shaped by elite decision-making. Inequalities have thus been reinforced through infrastructures and buildings, housing developments and commercial zoning, reflecting the changing political ideologies and agendas of urban planning. But in recent years, a regional growth in civil society organisations has multiplied demands for improved public services and spaces. It has also led to a push for accountability from governments and politicians. In this context, urban planning is increasingly responding to societal demands and expectations, as well as being subject to intensified levels of scrutiny. Market forces are often included in urban renovation plans through co-sponsorship deals and other forms of involvement of private firms. At the same time, grassroots and bottom-up initiatives continue to mobilize alternative urban services and facilities. We investigate how these seemingly contradictory forces are shaping urban futures in Latin America. Our discussions will be guided, though not limited, by the following question: How far have citizen groups redefined collective aspirations for urban futures in Latin America?

Keywords: Cities, ethics, market, dwelling, civil society

The panel will be held in English.
Please send abstracts of maximum 100 words, with your name and institution by January 25, 2019, to: raul.acosta@gmx.de

Weiterführende Links:

https://www.americas2019.uni-bonn.de/
https://www.americas2019.uni-bonn.de/calls/call-for-papers

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