CfP | Session auf der IGC Cologne: Re-ordering the city

Re-ordering the city: Neoliberalization, travelling policies and local context

Chairs: Kevin Ward (Man­ches­ter) & Iris Dzudzek (Frank­furt)

Im Rah­men der IGU Köln orga­ni­siert das Ver­bund­pro­jekt eine Session:

Cur­rent urban trans­for­ma­tion pro­ces­ses, which we sum­ma­rize as the »re‐ordering of cities«, are shaped both by lar­ger pro­ces­ses of socio‐economic restruc­tu­ring as well as by local con­texts. Under con­di­ti­ons of inten­si­fied inter­ur­ban com­pe­ti­tion local poli­ti­cal eli­tes try to shape their cities to meet glo­bal stan­dards. At the same time they incre­a­sin­gly look for inter­na­tio­nal points of refe­rence to solve local pro­blems. In a glo­ba­li­zing world, know­ledge about urban pro­blems and ideas about how to address them tra­vel with incre­a­sing speed. Howe­ver, far from sim­ply being imple­men­ted like a blue print, glo­bally cir­cu­la­ting policy models are selec­tively cho­sen and trans­for­med through exis­ting local dis­cour­ses, actor con­stel­la­ti­ons and socio‐spatial configurations.

In this ses­sion, we would like to dis­cuss how glo­bally cir­cu­la­ting dis­cour­ses and policy models are fed into urban restruc­tu­ring dis­course and prac­tice and how, con­ver­sely, dif­fe­rent urban con­texts shape the adop­tion of glo­bal dis­cour­ses and policy models at the local level. Con­tri­bu­ti­ons should more­over ana­lyze the role of inter­me­dia­ries bet­ween glo­bal dis­cour­ses and local prac­tices as well as the trans­for­ma­tive poten­tial of policy trans­fer. They could address ques­ti­ons like the following:

  • How are glo­bally cir­cu­la­ting models selec­tively cho­sen, trans­for­med and locally re‐imagined?
  • How do new actors and insti­tu­ti­ons of inter­ur­ban policy trans­fer inter­act globally?
  • How do urban social move­ments respond with „glo­cal“ forms of contestation?
  • Which urban pro­blems are con­struc­ted and addres­sed with refe­rence to which pla­ces in the Global
  • North, South, West or East?
  • Which local dis­cour­ses ren­der glo­bally cir­cu­la­ting policy models plausible?
  • How do they re‐order the city and rear­ti­cu­late new urban forms of governance?
  • How do these local adapta­ti­ons con­test, com­ple­ment or advance a (hege­mo­nic) neo­li­be­ral project?


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