City Forum | Panel on Politics of Public Space: Control, Survival, and Resistance in Three Global Cities | Kamran Asdar Ali, Ipsita Chatterjee, Steven Hoelscher

Friday Nov. 13, 2009 , noon to 1:30 p.m.

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