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2 February 2016, 14.00 - 18.00
IAS Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT (see UCL Maps)
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2 February 2016 // Next Urban Salon seminar

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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.

Programme structure:
14:00 - Welcome: Jennifer Robinson (UCL)

14:15 - Session I: What can we learn from mobilities in different contested cities?

Chair: Camillo Boano (UCL)

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

Respondent: Laura Vaughan (UCL)

Audience Responses/Q&A

15:15 - Tea/Coffee Break

15:30 Session II: Towards comparative approaches

Chair: Stephan Graham (Newcastle University)

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

Respondent: Camillo Boano (UCL)

16:45 Concluding discussion and Q&A

Chair: Jennifer Robinson (UCL) 

Concluding remarks: Stephan Graham (Newcastle University) 

Audience Responses/Q&A 

17.30 Close and drinks reception



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