The Emerging Asian Urbanisms event series at the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) will explore the diverse processes and practices of urban planning in Asia. Urban planning and urban studies programs in Canada lack sufficient exposure to prevalent theories and practices in Asian contexts. The series draws upon the calls made by Ananya Roy and Jennifer Robinson, among others, to go beyond the North American context and investigate “new geographies of theory” as fertile sources of uncovering new ways of understanding urbanism everywhere.
Series organizer: Nabeel Ahmed (YCAR Graduate Associate/Environmental Studies)
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2018 Reading Discussion Sessions
Fall 2018 – 2nd Friday of each month | 1-3 pm | Room below | York Centre for Asian Research
The Fall term reading discussion sessions will follow the foundation theories and in depth work of Jennifer Robinson, Ananya Roy and AbdouMaliq Simone on the processes of urban development, planning and contestation across the continent. It aims to engage graduate students and faculty from different disciplines in exploring global south interventions and the post-colonial in urban theory.
In the Winter, there will be opportunity for participants to synthesize the work and present at roundtable events.
12 October, Rm 857 Kaneff Tower – Jennifer Robinson
- Article: Global and world cities: a view from off the map
- Book: Ordinary Cities
- Expansion Piece: Mabin, S. (2010). Grounding southern city theory in time and place. In Parnell, S., & Oldfield, S. (2010). The Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South. Routledge.
Facilitator: Yasir Hameed
9 November, Rm 280A York Lanes – Ananya Roy
- Article: Urban Informality
- Book: Poverty Capital
- Expansion Piece: Bhan, Gautam (2009). ‘This Is No Longer the City I Once Knew’. Evictions, the Urban Poor and the Right to the City in Millennial Delhi. Environment and Urbanization 21 (1): 127–42.
Facilitator: Nabeel Ahmed
14 December, Rm 280A York Lanes – AbdouMaliq Simone
- Article: Worlding of African Cities
- Book: City Life from Jakarta to Dakar
- Expansion Piece: to be announced
Facilitator: Meg George
Event 1: Screening of Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist
12 October 2017 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Nat Taylor Cinema, Ross Building N102
A documentary on the inspirational life of the late Pakistani architect, urban planner, and activist Perween Rahman. Followed by talkback with Dr. Faisal Shaheen.
Event 2: Urban Citizenship and Migration Panel
1 February 2018 | 12:30 to 2:30pm
Room 140, HNES building
- On Migrant Dreams, Nightmares and Possibilities: Examining Dubai dreams through geographies and genealogies of migration
- City Streets and the Right to Vend: The Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation) Act 2014
- Bodies of Accumulation: Provisional Notes on Gender, Sexualities and Urbanization in Island Communities in the Philippines
Arnisson Andre Ortega
Event 3: Questions of Municipal Service Delivery in Asia: Why do I have Garbage, but not Water?
28 February 2018 | 12:00 to 2:00pm
Room 280A, Second Floor, York Lanes
- Service Delivery to Informal Settlements: Contrasting the Role of State and Non-state Actors
Faisal Haq Shaheen
- Service Provisions in the Periurban Areas of Can Tho, Vietnam