Cities are both real and imagined. Social constructions and narratives influence the way we think about neighborhoods, streets, buildings and public spaces, and these imaginaries in turn shape policy strategies and planning practices. In this City Forum, three University of Texas scholars will examine the connections between such social constructions, state control and planning practice, and everyday efforts by people to claim access to urban spaces. Their presentations draw on their research in Karachi, Pakistan; Ahmedabad, India; and Vienna, Austria.
Panelists and Abstracts
Kamran Asdar Ali, associate professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin.
Gender, Ethnicity and Class: Living with "Disagreements" Among Karachi's Poor
Ipsita Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin
Violent Morphologies: Spatial Complicity in Violence
Steven Hoelscher, Professor of American Studies and Geography, and Chair, Department of American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
The Social Construction of a Good Vibe: Ambient Power in the MuseumsQuartier, Wien