Challenging Enduring Urban Injustices: Race, Ethnicity, Space, and Political Economy

Страна: США

Город: Minneapolis

Тезисы до: 01.10.2016

Даты: 19.04.17 — 22.04.17

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Организаторы: UAA


Below is the list of official conference topic categories:
UAA Conference Topic Categories

    Arts, Culture in Urban Contexts
    Urban Disaster Planning, Management, Cities and National Security
    Economic Development, Redevelopment, Tourism, Economics, Finance
    Education Policy in Urban Contexts, Educational Institutions & Inequalities
    Environmental Issues, Sustainability
    Globalization, Multi-national Urban Issues
    Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, Regionalism, Management
    Health and Urban Communities
    Historic Preservation, Space and Place
    Historical Perspectives on Cities, Urban Areas
    Housing, Neighborhoods, Community Development
    Human Services & Urban Populations, Nonprofit/Voluntary Sector
    Immigration, Population and Demographic Trends in Urban Areas
    Infrastructure, Capital Projects, Networks, Transport, Urban Services

    Labor, Employment, Wages, Training
    Land Use, Growth Management, Development, Planning
    Poverty, Welfare, Income Inequality
    Professional Development, The Field of Urban Affairs
    Public Safety in Urban Areas, Criminal Justice, Household Violence
    Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Diversity
    Social Capital, Democracy/Civil Society, Social Theory, Religion
    Urban Communications (Media, Journalism, Technology)
    Urban Design, Urban Architecture
    Urban Indicators, Data/Methods, Satisfaction/Quality of Life Surveys
    Urban Politics, Elections, Citizen Participation
    Urban Theory, Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Urban Affairs
    Urban Issues in Asia and the Pacific Rim
    Urban Issues in Central & South America and the Caribbean

2017 Special Conference Topic

Challenging Enduring Urban Injustices: Race, Ethnicity, Space, and Political Economy

In addition to the official topic categories listed above, each year the Program Committee identifies a topic for special consideration.  For 2017, the special topic is: “Challenging Enduring Urban Injustices: Race, Ethnicity, Space, and Political Economy,” Papers and sessions accepted under this topic will be identified as Special Topic presentations in the online and printed program.

Rationale for the Special Topic:

While urban inequalities, deprivations, and dispossessions along racial/ethnic, spatial, political, and economic lines continue to intensify around the globe; the response to these inequalities is inadequate for creating peaceful, equitable, and stable communities. Urban scholars devote vast amounts of energy to documenting the empirical dimensions of urban injustice, yet there is less research—and even fewer praxis-informed methodologies--on how injustice might be significantly reduced. Further, many urban activities, processes, and mechanisms that are in a nascent (and possibly ephemeral) state, and which hold potential to successfully transform structures that lead to injustice, have not been nurtured by the academic community, by traditional social science methods, or by communication venues.

Consequently, the special 2017 UAA-sponsored conference topic calls attention to the need to develop feasible alternatives that right the ongoing wrongs, that is, that address the multiple and enduring injustices plaguing urban life across the planet. Race and ethnicity are central to this line of inquiry, particularly given their recent salience in visualizing American urban injustice and the social movements that erupted in efforts to transform urban space and urban processes. However, injustice stemming from political economies of urban place is allocated along many axes of human identity, including gender, sexuality, religion or spiritual belief, disability and health status, and in each of these areas exist micro and macro practices that both create and undermine enduring injustice.

Minneapolis provides an apt setting for exploring this theme. The Twin Cities metro area, though doing relatively well as a whole, has significant disparities – especially in educational outcomes, incomes, and incarceration rates -- with which local officials and activists are trying to grapple. Over the past few years numerous organizations including the region's planning body, business roundtable groups, and nonprofit advocacy organizations have put questions of spatial inequities and racially disparate social and economic outcomes at the top of the region's agenda.

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