Schedule for Spaces of Struggle now available

Spaces of Struggle: a mini-conference on radical planning is just over a week away! We look forward to welcoming you at PlatteForum at the Temple in Denver.

The schedule and session descriptions are now available online. Downloadable programme and booklet now available.

Join the facebook event page to ask any last minute questions, to share thought throughout #radplan2017, and to keep in touch with other participants and share event notices throughout ACSP.

We’re excited to see you at Spaces of Struggle!

We are only a couple of months away from the Spaces of Struggle 2017 conference!

When? October 11, 2017, 8am – 7pm
Where? PlatteForum at The Temple

Those of you who are planning on attending ACSP, be sure to arrive a day earlier to attend what is sure to be an exciting, informative, and hopefully meaningful experience as we assemble doctoral students, scholars and faculty from across the globe who are engaged in critical and radical planning perspectives.  Spaces of Struggle is a commentary on and complement to ACSP 2017 events, activities and presentations.

Note that the conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited to be sure to register in advance.

We hope you will join us on October 11 in Denver, CO!  Be on the lookout for session details, coming shortly.

Questions? Email

Call for Proposals: SoS 2017:A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning

Spaces of Struggle 2017 | A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning

Deadline extension (Friday, May 5) to accommodate requests for alternative submissions.  Please note: Applicants are welcome to adapt the proposal guidelines listed above to suit alternative proposals that do not fit the suggested presentation formats.

——————–October 11, 2017  |  Denver, Colorado ——————–
A free mini-conference directly preceding the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) conference

Conference contact:

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 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.

Suggested topics:

Radical planning movements and practices

  • Radical practice, policy, and professionals
  • Anarchist, socialist, feminist, and/or queer planning
  • Direct action and social movements
  • Informality and insurgency across the globe

Radical planning issues and themes

  • Dissensus, democracy, and agonistic pluralism
  • White supremacy, racism, and xenophobia
  • Colonialism, migration, and indigeneity
  • Neoliberalization/market fundamentalism
  • Financialization
  • Gentrification, race, eviction, and displacement
  • Policing, law, and the State
  • Technology, software, and innovation
  • Labor, energy, and work
  • Intersectionality and identity
  • The body, gender, sexuality, and social reproduction
  • Ability and access
  • Infrastructures, logistics, and networks
  • Environments, ecologies, and natures
  • Housing, property, and the Commons
  • Zoning, regulation, and control

Radical planning epistemologies and pedagogies

  • Radical and activist research methodologies
  • Expertise, data, and knowledge
  • Teaching radical planning, publishing, media, and knowledge networks
  • Historical and comparative analyses of radical planning practice

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