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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Urban struggles: governance, resistance and solidarity

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Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: from 30 Aug 11:00 to 31 Aug 11:45

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Room 3.132

"Across the globe, a growing number of urban dwellers struggle to meet even the most basic needs for housing, security and income. In response, governments showcase programmes like social housing, community policing, cash transfers, or professionalisation training. However, these programmes tend to be palliative, addressing merely the symptoms of inequalities rather than their causes. Meanwhile, policies implemented in the name of ‘good governance’, ‘participation’ or ‘crisis management’ risk reinforcing social exclusion of the most marginalised. Cases include evictions, gated communities, securitisation, austerity measures, management of migrant populations, and the regulation of the informal sector. This panel addresses both the resistance to, and reproduction of exclusionary urban policies. We are particularly interested in how residents and professionals alike engage urban programmes through activism, creative navigation of existing rules, or by way of withdrawal and outright sabotage. Our panel connects empirical studies to theoretical debates on the right to the city, activated and activist citizenship, and the idea of the city as an assemblage of productive tensions. We ask: how do defeatist visions of the city produced by accumulation by dispossession speak to more expectant notions of urban navigations and creativity? How does resistance transform neoliberal cities into sites for alternative imaginaries and new forms of inclusion, citizenship and solidarity? We welcome papers that present empirically rich anthropological analyses of urban dwellers’ opposition and resistance to urban governance, showing how people struggle for their place in the city while also generating forms of solidarity."

Conveners

  • 30 Aug 11:00 - 12:45 P 68.1
    • Dr. Eiró, Flávio (Radboud University)
    • Dr. Koch, Insa (London School of Economics)
    • Dr. Acosta, Raúl (University of Konstanz)
  • 30 Aug 13:45 - 15:30 P 68.2
    • Dr. Eiró, Flávio (Radboud University)
    • Dr. Koch, Insa (London School of Economics)
    • Dr. Acosta, Raúl (University of Konstanz)
  • 31 Aug 10:00 - 11:45 P 68.3
    • Dr. Eiró, Flávio (Radboud University)
    • Dr. Koch, Insa (London School of Economics)
    • Dr. Acosta, Raúl (University of Konstanz)

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Violence, discrimination, and financial insecurity are the problems sex workers struggle with globally. Particularly, the least protected individuals, such as transgender sex workers, are targeted with these threats disproportionately. Relying on others for support is a survival imperative in marginalized, high-violence, or low-income communities. However, while coping with common external threats ... More
Presented by Ezgi GULER on 31/8/2019 at 11:00
In response to the visibility of people who are recognized as refugees and try to settle in in new cities in the Netherlands, grassroots initiatives that aim to care for these refugees and to help them in navigating their new life, multiply. In attempts to secure funding and to establish partnerships, initiatives reach out to the city administration, to each other, and to residents that act as inf ... More
Presented by Lieke VAN DER on 31/8/2019 at 10:20
Real estate prices in Recife, Brazil, have increased massively in areas targeted for urban renewal and upscale development, leading to struggles around the right to the city. Historically, Recife’s poor have occupied mangrove areas, leading to the expansion of slums in central areas of the city. Benjamin Solomon conceptualises this as “occupancy urbanism”, necessarily a subversive phenomenon ... More
Presented by Sven DA SILVA on 30/8/2019 at 15:05
The current economic crisis reveals the social costs of capitalism and of some specific policies promoted by national and transnational agencies. Urban areas such as the Madrid district of Tetuán have been transformed by a process of increasing social inequality. Unemployment, precariousness in the labour market and the weakness of social protection systems have brought a significant part of the ... More
Presented by Ivonne HERRERA-PINEDA on 30/8/2019 at 14:25
In this paper I analyze the ways in which the social movement called the PAH (Platform for people affected by mortgages) mobilizes vulnerability as a form of resistance through various collective political actions in the city of Madrid. I follow stop eviction actions, the occupation of banks and financial offices as well as public plazas as a performative claim against the effects of the burst of ... More
Presented by Dr. Ana GUTIERREZ on 30/8/2019 at 11:20
Recent waves of unrest surrounding the price of fuel have proliferated globally, including the French gilets jaunes movement and the Mexican gasolinazos protests. Austerity politics often justify squeezing profits out of utilities and limiting access to basic necessities. Adding insult to injury, the banner of environmental necessity sometimes obscures profit motives in resulting price hikes. Clim ... More
Presented by Dr. Charlotte BRUCKERMANN on 30/8/2019 at 12:20
The paper utilizes results of the ongoing study tracking local development debate in Łódź, the third largest city in Poland. Łódź grew rapidly since mid-nineteenth century as a centre of textile industry and island of modernization within a rural society. With highly polarized social structure and strong labour movement, it was labelled: “Manchester of the East” and “red” city. Under ... More
Presented by Dr. Magdalena REK-WOŹNIAK on 31/8/2019 at 10:00
After activists have positioned urban mobility in Mexico City’s political arena, some peripheral groups have raised concerns about government promises. On the one hand, they point out that most of the new projects and policies benefit well-off areas. On the other, they draw attention to the disjuncture between local authorities’ discourses and the massive investment that is dedicated to infras ... More
Presented by Dr. Raúl ACOSTA on 30/8/2019 at 11:00
In the last decade, welfare reform and budgets cuts in the United Kingdom have significantly changed the landscape of the benefit system. Along with tighter assessment and eligibility criteria, support for people in the form of face-to-face advice has been drastically cut. Consequently, independent advice centres are often the only spaces where claimants receive support to navigate the welfare sys ... More
Presented by Janne HEEDERIK on 30/8/2019 at 11:40
In Shenzhen, as in other major cities of China, the points system that allows access to urban citizenship does not just select applicants according to their potential contribution to the city budget – they are also selected on the basis of the contribution they have already made. This is evident from the weight given to house ownership and participation in the social security program. Another ty ... More
Presented by Dr. Anne-Christine TRÉMON on 30/8/2019 at 12:45
In a curious analytical convergence, certain ultra-left and liberal tendencies have aligned in positing informal settlements as non-capitalist spaces. While acknowledging the anti-capitalist implications of asserting informal housing against the rule of property, this paper attends to the contradictions of long-term squatting in a case where capitalist and non-capitalist logics have come to operat ... More
Presented by Dr. Stephen CAMPBELL on 30/8/2019 at 14:05
In Moravia – a low-income neighbourhood in Medellín, Colombia – the city government is unveiling plans for urban renovation. These plan the construction of high-rise apartment blocks and green spaces in place of current residents’ self-provisioned housing. Self-provisioned housing is a process that begins with a land occupation and continues over time as residents make material improvements ... More
Presented by Adam James MOORE on 30/8/2019 at 12:00
It is usually difficult to split the spectrum of engagements with urban governance into a facile opposition between forms of resistance and acceptance. The continuum of such practices includes complex nuances as well as combinatorial conjunctions. Moreover, the trajectories of the actors involved – from city administrators to activists – often reveal histories of personal and political transfo ... More
Presented by Dr. Oana MATEESCU on 31/8/2019 at 10:40
Presented by Dr. Flávio EIRÓ, Dr. Insa KOCH, Dr. Raúl ACOSTA, Martijn KOSTER - DISCUSSANT
After almost 10 years of austerity, the neighbouring cities of Newcastle and Gateshead in the North East of England, find themselves in “unprecedentedly dire times”. Huge cuts to the local government budgets and growing demands for social care, mean they are struggling to meet even their basic statutory requirements. At the same time, a 27 story tower block - the tallest in the city, a 200 mil ... More
Presented by Dr. Sarah WINKLER-REID on 30/8/2019 at 11:45
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