We invite abstract submissions for the panel Tracing temporalities of gentrification and urban change at the conference Social Life of Time, Edinburgh, June 5-7, 2018.
Panel organizers: Linda Lapiņa, Roskilde University, Denmark; Bahar Sakizlioǧlu, University of Leicester, UK
Gentrification entails (re)production of space, encounters and social relationships in ways that perpetuate and aggravate inequalities. Ideas about past, present and desired futures of urban districts underlie and shape gentrification processes. Yet, while acknowledging that notions of time play a key role in how urban change is conceived and lived, temporality remains an underexplored aspect in gentrification research, with few exceptions (Borer, 2010; Degen, 2017; Kern, 2016; Osman, 2016; Sakizlioǧlu, 2014; Sharma & Towns, 2016).
This panel seeks to conceptualize temporal aspects of gentrification and urban change. These perspectives highlight how time operates as a technology of power with important cultural and material effects (Auyera and Swistuin, 2009; Bastian, 2014; Birth, 2017; Huebener, 2015). In addition, time is experienced and enacted in different ways by social actors along markers of social difference, emphasizing the ‘complexity of lived time, the multiple and relational temporalities that compose the social fabric (…) [constituting] the politics of uneven time’ (Sharma, 2013:134). Some residents’ and communities’ loss of home or livelihood might promise a brighter future to others. As new condos emerge in ‘previously unused space’, for some, the past is erased and done away with. For others, the past is not past: it continues to haunt and rupture the present (Sharpe, 2016; Ramirez, 2017).
We welcome papers that explore, among other topics:
• Experiences of temporal aspects of urban change
• Multiple and competing temporal logics in gentrification and renewal processes (i.e. preservation of authenticity; optimization and progress; clean-up and homogenization)
• (Unequally distributed effects of) temporal governance in gentrification and its relation to collective (in)action and resistance
• Methodological issues in researching temporality of changing urban spaces
• Temporal representations of urban change
• Affective ecologies and politics: how anticipation pulls, fears are managed, hopes raised and uncertainties experienced and ambivalence negotiated with regards to gentrification temporalities.
Please send an abstract of 200 words to Linda Lapina (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Bahar Sakizlioǧlu (email@example.com) by November 5th. Presenters will be notified about acceptance by November 13th.
Read more about the conference here: http://www.temporalbelongings.org/sociallifeoftime.html
Linda and Bahar
Auyera, J. and Swistuin, A.D. (2009). Flammable: Environmental Suffering in an Argentine Shantytown. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Borer, M. I. (2010). From Collective Memory to Collective Imagination: Time, Place, and Urban Redevelopment. Symbolic Interaction, 33(1), 96–114.
Bastian, M. (2014). Time and community: A scoping study. Time & Society, 23(2), 137–166.
Birth, K. K. (2017). Time Blind. Problems in Perceiving Other Temporalities. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
Degen, M. (2017). Urban Regeneration and “Resistance of Place” Foregrounding Time and Experience. Space and Culture, 20(2), 141–155.
Huebener, P. (2015). Timing Canada: The Shifting Politics of Time in Canadian Literary Culture. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press-MQUP.
Kern, L. (2016). Rhythms of gentrification: eventfulness and slow violence in a happening neighbourhood, 23(3), 441–457.
Osman, S. (2016). What Time is Gentrification? City & Community, 15(3), 215–219.
Ramirez, M. M. (2017). Decolonial ruptures of the city: art-activism amid racialized dispossession in Oakland (Doctoral dissertation, University of Washington).
Sakizlioǧlu, B. (2014). Inserting Temporality into the Analysis of Displacement: Living Under the Threat of Displacement. Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie, 105(2), 206–220.
Sharma, S. (2013). Critical Time. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 10(2–3), 312–318.
Sharma, S., & Towns, A. R. (2016). Ceasing Fire and Seizing Time: LA Gang Tours and the White Control of Mobility. Transfers, 6(1), 26-44.
Sharpe, C. (2016). In the Wake: On Blackness and Being. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
Linda Lapiņa, PhD
Department of Communication and Arts
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