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Upcoming event:
Theorising urban studies on/from China/Asia

25 February 2-3.30 PM GMT

Speakers: Julie Ren (University of Zurich) and Yimin Zhao (Renmin University of China)

Discussants: Jennifer Robinson (UCL) and Hyun Bang Shin (LSE)

Co-organisers: Hyun Bang Shin (LSE) and Matthew Gandy (Cambridge)

Registration: The event is free to attend but pre-registration is required.

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One of the major on-going debates and challenges in critical urban scholarship is related to the call for de-centring knowledge production, especially the emphasis on the need of ‘theorising’ from outside the Global North.

What can we learn from this endeavour to re-assert the importance of southern cities, and are there any limitations in our existing practices? Does the focus on a select number of southern cities result in replicating the extant shortfalls of urban studies from the Global North?

In this Urban Salon event, we consider these questions by inviting contributions from scholars who have engaged with urban China studies situated in larger debates on Asian urbanism.