Spaces of Struggle: A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning
Date and Time: Wed, 11 October 2017 | 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM MDT
Location: Denver, CO | Location TBA
Spaces of Struggle: A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning
Spaces of Struggle 2017 | A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning
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A free mini-conference directly preceding the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) conference
While planning offers hope for better cities, radical scholars and planners have exposed a troubled history of the complicity of planning in perpetuating spatialized inequity, injustice, and domination. This mini-conference addresses both the theoretical and practical aspects of an invigorated contemporary radical planning agenda, posing critical questions in pursuit of better ways forward. Inspired by the first Spaces of Struggle held in 2016 in Portland, Oregon, this year’s mini-conference offers a space of exchange for the many voices who believe radical practice and scholarship are crucial to understanding and challenging mainstream systems and practices.
We assemble doctoral students, scholars and faculty from across the globe, as well as activists, artists, and community representatives. Spaces of Struggle is a commentary on and complement to ACSP 2017 events, activities and presentations. While we welcome a variety of critical and radical perspectives, proposals should engage directly with the histories, theories, and practices of urban planning. Applicants will be selected and organized into panels and roundtable sessions based on the relevance of their proposal to the conference themes and the potential for dialogue among participants.
Submission deadline: May 5, 2017
Paper Panel Sessions: These sessions will consist of panels of three to four scholarly papers addressing different themes or concentrations in radical planning. Presenters will have 15-minutes to read or discuss their paper, followed by audience questions and discussion.
To apply to present a paper, please submit a 250-word abstract proposal outlining (1) the subject of the paper and your research approach (community project, research project, dissertation project, etc.), and (2) how it intersects with other themes and issues of radical planning. Include 3 keywords.
Special Topic Roundtable Discussions: These less structured sessions will be organized around themes or specific topics that emerge from both the paper and roundtable submissions. Three to five discussants will have 5-minutes to introduce how their scholarship intersects with radical planning and then engage the audience in an open conversation.
To apply to participate as a discussant in a roundtable discussion, please submit a 250-word statement of interest. The statement should (1) describe how you position your research, activism and/or community experience within the themes and issues of radical planning, and (2) conclude with one or two specific questions for discussion. The questions that will shape our discussion will be drawn directly from selected panelist submissions.
Please submit your application to email@example.com by midnight on May 5 with the subject line “Space of Struggle 2017: application”.
Include your full name, affiliation and position, and contact information. You may apply to present at both the paper and roundtable sessions but will be limited to one presentation. Selected presenters will be notified by mid-June. Participants will be required to submit their conference papers or discussion outline by the end of September 2017.
Statement on Accessibility and Accommodation: In keeping with radical values and positions, we are dedicated to working with our colleagues and communities to find reasonable accommodations whenever possible to facilitate alternative presentation or participation formats for those who may face barriers due to political, financial, medical, ability or other accessibility concerns and restrictions. This may include but is not limited to the use of digital technologies or presentations read by proxy.
Radical planning movements and practices
Radical planning issues and themes
Radical planning epistemologies and pedagogies
There is no fee to participate or attend the conference.
Bri Gauger, University of Michigan
Sarah Gelbard, McGill University
Carla Maria Kayanan, University of Michigan
Julie Mah, University of Toronto
Danielle Rivera, University of Colorado Boulder
Stephen Sherman, University of Illinois
Raksha Vasudevan, University of Texas
Conference organizers would like to thank the presenters and attendees who made the inaugural Space of Struggle mini-conference a huge success. We look forward to taking the work forward in new and exciting ways.
We are lucky to host the conference on Portland State University’s campus at the Native American Student and Community Center (NASCC and @psunascc) located at 710 SW Jackson Street, Portland, OR 97201. The NASCC is located a block west of the Green and Orange/Yellow Line Max station at PSU South/SW 5th & Jackson.
If you’re in town for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference and staying downtown at the Hilton, simply walk outside the hotel toward Pioneer Square and jump on the Green or Orange/Yellow Line Max going south toward PSU/Milwaukie.
For lunch, recommend the numerous food carts located at SW 4th and College St. While in Portland, we recommend reviewing the resources for guests with numerous other recommendations written by current PSU students and faculty.
Please join us in welcoming Professor Faranak Miraftab, Professor Kian Goh, Professor Nabil Kamel, Professor Aaron Golub, and Professor Sy Adler for the evening of November 2nd. We look forward to an engaged discussion on radical planning and humane urbanism!
More information is in the menu links. RSVP and let us know what you think! See you in Portland.
The organizing committee for The Space of Struggle is excited to announce that the full schedule will be available by the end of September. We have over 20 speakers and presenters from across the globe and from a variety of academic disciplines. Stay tuned for additional information.