пятница, 1 марта 2013 г.

Symposium: The future of the multi-ethnic city


Participants are invited to present empirical work on multi-ethnic cities for an interdisciplinary
symposium at the University of Manchester. This will be followed by a guest lecture by
Professor Caroline Knowles (Goldsmiths).

The University of Manchester, May 29 2013, 12pm-5pm

The city has been a focus of much celebrated work in the social sciences over the past few
decades (Sassen 2001, Florida 2004, Amin & Thrift 2002). Much of this work has illuminated
both the complex nature of the city as entity within the architecture of globalisation, as well
as driver for the movement of people, goods and ideas that undergird the contemporary
world moment. The eminence of the city has not been limited to the capitals of the
developed North. The same dynamics have also enlisted sprawling urban centers of the
South into the sensation of scholarly work on the city (Roy 2012). While the development
and networked nature of world cities is marveled upon, cities in the UK such as Manchester
and Birmingham - once at the centre of the industrial revolution in Britain - are undergoing a
metamorphosis of their own; their inner cities resembling more the ruins of an era of past
splendor than the picture of the future city. Cities such as these (as well as others in the US
and across Europe) are constantly (re)negotiating legacies of immigration, industrial decline
and resulting patterns of segregated ethnic settlement and changing economic and social
arrangements; forged in a moment of deep cynicism toward the future, and suspicion of the
Other.

This interdisciplinary event will bring together scholars interested in race, ethnicity and the
urban. It will address questions such as: What is the future of post-industrial cities in an era
of renewed economic uncertainty and a creeping racialised politics of citizenship? How can
scholarly work engage with questions about the future of such cities and the engendering of
new inequalities?

To submit an abstract or for further information:
Ajmal.hussain@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk or Bethan.harries@manchester.ac.uk

PhD students and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

This event is free to attend.

Deadline for abstracts: 4 March 2013

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