Post-Racial Urbanities: A Global Cartography

Friday, 20 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC05 Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (host committee)

Language: English

This session aims to bring together critical race and critical urban scholars to develop a mutually empowering dialogue on configurations of the post-racial in all parts of the world. While the former has analysed specific contexts these studies mainly focus on nation states and supranational polities, detecting relational, converging and diverging configurations of racial beliefs, discourses, policies and practices. Concomitantly, critical urban scholarship is punctuated by brilliant studies on urban settings, which ethnographically uncover the making and unmaking of localized racial partitioning and hierarchies. The need for this session and dialogue arises out of a noteworthy relative lack of global perspectives on the relations between race and the city, and it builds from our successful session on “Racial Urbanities” at the 2016 ISA Forum. In this session we seek both theoretical and empirical papers that are concerned with exploring what does the post-racial city look like, and can comparative urbanism help shed lights on relational, converging and diverging configurations of post-raciality? Conversely, how can comparisons of post-racial configurations contribute to our understanding of urban economy, infrastructures, politics and culture?  Papers engaging with any of these questions and areas are also welcomed: Can the post-racial assume a peculiar urban dimension? How are typically urban dynamics such as, for instance, “splintering urbanism”, “accumulation by dispossession” and “territorial stigmatization” influenced by post-racial conceptions and more generally post-racial arrangements? How does the post-racial shape educational facilities and processes? How does the post-racial play out in urban protests and, more generally, in social movements?
Session Organizers:
Karim MURJI, Open University, United Kingdom and Giovanni PICKER, European University Viadrina, Germany
Oral Presentations
The Post-Racial Forms of Vaisakhi Celebrations in Metro Vancouver
Bonar BUFFAM, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada
Favelas, Townships, and the Postracial
Sérgio H. ROCHA FRANCO, University of Barcelona, Spain
Sanctuaries of White Supremacy: Art Institutes and the Boundaries of White Spaces and Whiteness.
David EMBRICK, University of Connecticut, USA; Simon WEFFER, Northern Illinois University, USA; Silvia DOMINGUEZ, Northeastern University, USA