Racial Urbanities: A Global Cartography

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 12:30-14:00
Location: Hörsaal 31 (Main Building)
RC05 Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations (host committee)

Language: English

Critical race scholarship has long been looking at specific contexts from a global comparative perspective. These studies mainly focused on nation-states and broader supranational polities, detecting converging and diverging trends and configurations of racial beliefs, discourses, policies and practices. Concomitantly, critical race scholarship is punctuated by brilliant studies focusing on urban settings, uncovering ethnographically the making and unmaking of localised racial partitioning and hierarchies.
The lack of a global perspective on the relations between race and the city becomes noteworthy against the background of urban theory’s developments over the last 30 years, in which economic globalisation and social closure are among the most debated issues.
The session aims to address this lack, by bringing together critical race scholars and critical urban scholars in a mutually empowering dialogue toward exploring a global cartography of racial urbanities. We ask: How can the relationships between race and the urban be addressed from a global perspective? How do race, racialism and racism articulate with/in the city, and contribute to shape urban (infra)structures and power dynamics? How can urban comparison contribute to shed light on a comparative cartography of race, and by extension racism, globally? Reversely, how can comparative studies on race and racism in the city contribute to a better understanding of urbanities globally? We are interested in both empirical and theoretical papers addressing these and related questions.
Session Organizers:
Karim MURJI, Open University, United Kingdom, Giovanni PICKER, European University Viadrina, Germany and Manuela BOATCA, University of Freiburg, Germany
Urban Development through the Prism of Race
Christopher MELE, University at Buffalo, USA
A Tale of Four Cities: Mobility and Place-Making Among Ethiopian Migrants
Nicole TRUJILLO-PAGAN, Wayne State University, USA
Race Science and Surveillance
Natalie BYFIELD, St. John's University, USA
Necronormativity – Death Politics on the Margins of the Law
Randi GRESSGÅRD, University of Bergen, Norway