Differentiated Mobilities in Contested Cities: Towards Comparative Approaches

Date and time
2 February 2016
1.30-6 PM GMT

IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT (see UCL Maps

Differentiated Mobilities in Contested Cities: Towards Comparative Approaches

In this workshop, we aim to explore urban contestation in various cities throughthe lens of mobility, and to work towards creating comparative frameworks to study mobilities in contested cities.

Contemporary cities are well understood as places of difference, diversity, and encounter. Whether this difference is a creative force or a potentially destabilizing force is a topic for further discussion. Here, we are concerned with understanding how urban mobilities are structured and experienced in contested cities.

In particular, we are interested in inviting discussion on the ways in which urban difference is made apparent and potentially transformed through patterns of mobility and urban circulations. We would like to explore how governmental policies or planning outcomes that affect patterns of mobility cause further fractures and perpetuate difference in the city but also to reflect on what new kinds of social interactions might emerge. And finally, we will consider how we can compare differentiated mobilities across contested cities, and what lessons we can draw from such comparisons.


Draft programme structure:

13:45: Welcome: Jennifer Robinson (UCL)
13.50: Introduction: Jonathan Rokem (UCL) & Sobia Ahmad Kaker (LSE)
14:00: Session I: What can we learn from mobilities in different contested cities.

Sobia Ahmad Kaker (LSE) – Securitizing Circulation: Porous Borders and Fluid Enclaves in Karachi
Suzanne Hall (LSE) – Elaborating Migration: the co-production ofurban diversity and discrimination

15.00 Coffee Break
15:30 – Session II: Towards comparative approaches.

Jonathan Rokem (UCL) – Contested Mobilities: Learning from Urban Difference in Jerusalem and Stockholm.
Jorge Blanco (University of Buenos Aires) – Uneven Mobilities in Contested Cities: Latin American Cases in Comparative Perspective

16.30: Responses from invited respondents/ Discussion (chaired by Jennifer Robinson) with Laura Vaughan (UCL); Camillo Boano (UCL); Stephan Graham (Newcastle)

17.25: Close and drinks