Special Sessions - Brazil 2017

Urbanisation in Latin America: Exclusion, Marginality and Conflict

SS1. Urbanization in the Global-South

Towards New Paradigms

Session organiser(s)

Arpita Biswas, PhD Candidate, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
Igor Tupy, PhD Candidate, Cedeplar/UFMG, Brazil
Jakob Sparn, PhD Candidate, Cedeplar/UFMG, Brazil
Renan Pereira Almeida, PhD Candidate, Cedeplar/UFMG, Brazil

Urban and Regional Economics Working Group: From Institute of New Economic Thinking

New forms of urbanization are occurring around the world. These novelties on the urban question challenge inherited conceptions of the urban as a fixed, bounded and universally generalizable theoretical and empirical category. In this panorama, the dominant theorizations of global city-regions are rooted in the EuroAmerican experience and are thus unable to analyze multiple forms of metropolitan (post)modernities. By drawing on the urban experience of the global South, new conceptual vectors are required for understanding the worlding of cities, the housing challenges in a fast growing Global-South with poor infrastructure, the dynamics of suburbanization and sprawling, and the urbanization without neither growth nor development.

We invite young scholars (masters and PhD students or early careers scholars) and young practitioners to present their full papers on the special session on the behalf of the Urban and Regional Economics Working Group of the Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) – Inet. The session is going to happen as a side event with the RSA-Latin America division annual meeting. It is going to have 3 sessions with young scholars presenting their papers, a poster session, and a main roundtable with highly recognized senior speakers.

Submission of papers
The papers must have no more than 10000 words. The topics envisioned are listed below. Papers may be both theoretical and empirical. Please submit through the Regional Studies Association online portal by 10th February 2017. Papers must be submitted in Portuguese, Spanish or English.

1. Epistemologies from the South: Rethinking the City and the Region with New Lens
2. Housing, Urban Growth and Sprawling
3. Urbanization, Nature and Development

Financial Support
The YSI of the Institute of New Economic Thinking is glad to offer travel stipends for some presenters and hotel rooms to all participants (to be shared with one colleague).

Submission guidelines

https://members.regionalstudies.org/lounge/Meetings/Meeting?ID=166

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SS2. Urban Agriculture

Reinventing Forms of Appropriation of City & Nature

Session organiser(s)

Heloisa S. M. Costa, Daniela A. O. Almeida, IGC/UFMG, Brazil
Claudia M. Bógus, Christiane G. A. Costa, Silvana M. Ribeiro, FSP/USP, Brazil
Juliana P. Casemiro, Nutrição/UERJ, Brazil
André R. Biazoti, Movimento Muda SP, Brazil

This session aims to bring the discussion of urban agriculture and food production to the field of urban and regional planning and practice, to help bridge the gap between different disciplinary fields now converging to the construction of a common theoretical and conceptual framework involving urban and regional planning, agroecology, environmental debates, food security, urban health, social movements, among other.

Urban agriculture is a traditional activity taking place in public, collective or private areas in cities, but is usually invisible, or seen as residue of rural traditions. On the one hand such invisibility is related to the process of urban land valorization and struggles for space, dominated by landed and property capital in which there is little space for land uses not necessarily dominated by the logic of accumulation. On the other hand food production is progressively captured by globalized agribusiness which is in clear opposition to agroecological practices, centered on territorially and culturally rooted small scale production technology, without chemicals, with important implications on health and alternative forms of organization. The session seeks to reinforce urban/metropolitan agroecology as a field of academic debate, political mobilization, and public policies design, associated to other perspectives such as gender debates, social learning and empowerment, and social economics based on reproduction and cooperation.

The session welcomes theoretical debates and the sharing of urban/metropolitan experiences presented by scholars, practitioners and activists, which will help to envisage new relationships between urbanization and nature. The main suggested themes are:

- territorial implications of agroecological practices as main elements of urban and regional, cultural, environmental and food security policies;
- social agents and their colective knowledge and forms of organization related to urban/metropolitan agroecology, their potential contribution towards just, healthy and sustainable agrofood systems and collaborative production and distribution netwoks
- sociobiodiversity outcome of experiences of agroecological/family production and their impact over urbanization

The session is composed by a round table and one or two paper sessions. 

Submission guidelines

https://members.regionalstudies.org/lounge/Meetings/Meeting?ID=166

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SS3. Metropolitan Planning & the University

Strengthening Citizenship through Local-regional Politics

Session organiser(s)

Heloisa S. M. Costa, IGC/UFMG, Brazil
Roberto Luís M. Monte-Mór, Cedeplar, FaCE/UFMG, Brazil
Geraldo M. Costa, IGC/UFMG, Brazil

After decades of relative neglect, metropolitan planning is gaining renewed importance in discussions related to urban/regional policies in Brazil. The recent issuing of the Statute of the Metropolis requiring metropolitan master plans to be approved in the near future and the widespread recognition that urbanization must be understood and dealt with in close articulation with its surrounding territory, are key elements fueling this scenario. During the past decade, the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte has experienced an intense and stimulating planning process, developed within the university (UFMG) in close connection with civil society - organizations and citizens - and parts of the state and local governments. Such rich experience of mutual social learning has produced not only a number of policies in different areas involving urbanization, nature and culture, but is also hopefully helping to create new meanings to planning and political engagement through the articulation of local and regional demands and practices.

The session welcomes scholars, practitioners and activists to share their experiences and theoretical thoughts related to metropolitan planning, from other regions and countries, as a contribution to a broader and deeper debate. The session will be composed by round tables. 

Submission guidelines

https://members.regionalstudies.org/lounge/Meetings/Meeting?ID=166

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