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Panel Moderation, Marginal Urbanities: The Hidden Face of Planetary Urbanization, USI Accademia

There is no need to resort to old cartographic binomials to describe the contemporary territory. In particular, the “city-countryside” pair shows all its limitations in describing the production of today's space. Although intuitively comprehensible, these terms are in fact polysemous and inaccurate (Angelo, 2017). This cartographic crisis calls for a rethink based on new criteria and categories. The planetary urbanisation hypothesis (Brenner & Schmid, 2015; Schmid & Brenner, 2011) responds to this challenge by emphasising, in close proximity to the assessments of political ecology and urban political ecology, the way in which different territories contribute to the maintenance of the global urban structure. This perspective is part of a trend that attempts to overcome paternalist, normative and Eurocentric paradigms. Today it is possible to discover the urban by talking about territories, processes and phenomena that occur in what would once have been excluded from the study of cities (Brenner, 2018; Reddy, 2018). Thanks to the introduction of these externalities, contemporary urban analysis can develop creative tools and interdisciplinary hybridities.

This symposium is interested precisely in these non-centralities that today are becoming one of the main assets of urban analysis. The aim of the event is to propose a series of heterogeneous interventions that can enrich contemporary urban analysis from original and innovative perspectives. The focus will be on case studies of marginal places and groups, as well as on innovative and original perspectives and modes of analysis that are able to enrich urban studies by reintegrating the externalities of the urban system that have long been ignored.

Session Metabolisms and operational landscapes (moderated by S. Balzan)

The daily building of a capital city from its margins: the red brick supply chain and the urbanization processes in Cairo (C. Pérez-Houis)

Living on Unstable Ground: Marginality, Ruination, and Resilience in Datong’s Sinking Mining Settlements (J. Audin)

The incremental city. Embedded practices of incremental housing in Lima (N. Nowara)

Editorial Workshop, EAHN Madrid, Biennial Conference

An introduction to publishing for emerging and under-represented scholars.

The two-and-half-hour-long workshop will be held in a hybrid format allowing both virtual and in-person attendance. This workshop is intended for participants to gain an understanding of editorial processes. It will offer an overview of the different roles of editors, reviewers, authors, copyeditors, and layout designers as well as the timeframes and the revision stages of an article undergoing from submission to publication.

Members of our editorial board and guest critics will run through the review process and what they are looking for when they review manuscripts. They will also lead up to a mock-up review process during
which mock editors/reviewers will selectively discuss samples of participants’ writings in small groups. In conjunction with discussing the pragmatics of publishing in academic journals, the workshop aims to reflect on these larger points:

  • Highlight current discussions in architectural historiography – especially how calls for rethinking the discipline’s hierarchies, diverse archives, and environmental crises are shaping academic work.

  • The qualities academic journals and editors are looking for in new articles and how important it is to be rigorous, argumentative while speaking from context to foster a voice in scholarship.

  • Establish the relevance of publishing within an academic journal as opposed to, but also in dialogue with other web-based platforms, while considering the increasing role of social media in disseminating research to diverse audiences.

    This workshop will provide a platform where participants are able to deeply communicate with editors and reviewers from Architectural Histories and EAHN on how to enrich their reach, diversify their content, and expand their media presence. It aspires to support emerging scholars to contribute to more inclusive cultures in architectural histories and their academic publishing outlets.

Guest critics:

Sheila Crane (University of Virginia)

Kenny Cupers (University of Basel)

Kathleen James-Chakraborty (University College Dublin)

Isabelle Doucet (Chalmers University of Technology) 

Maros Krivy (Estonian Academy of Arts) 

Sebastiaan Loosen (ETH Zürich) 

Alona Nitzan-Shiftan (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology) 

Adedoyin Teriba (Vassar College) 

Ying Zhou (University of Hong Kong)