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Translocal Spatial Practices, Urban Transformations: Migration and Mobile Urbanism in South and South-East Asia.


International migration and the experience of translocality have a considerable influence on spatial practices and spatial transformations in (urban) localities around the globe. Three observations emerge at the juncture of these topics: First, cities and urban spaces are undergoing transformations, not only triggered by local dynamics but equally so by global ones. International migration as a global process contributes to the emergence of diverse and fragmented urban spaces and the emergence of new spatial practices on multiple scales. Second, along with the recognition that urban theory for too long has prioritised ‘Western models’ and neglected the contribution of other cities around the globe came a reorientation of cities in the Global South towards models that are less ‘distant’. Third, in recent years, translocality has become an important conceptual approach for investigating the interaction and interconnectedness between places, institutions, actors and concepts across (multiple forms of) borders. Based on these observations, the aim of the interdisciplinary workshop is to explore the nexus of international migration, spatial practices and urban transformations. Furthermore, we seek to explore what translocality as a research approach offers for embedding global mobilities into the analysis of local spatial practices and urban transformations. The workshop will take place at the University of Freiburg/FRIAS 14-16 January 2015. Call for Papers until 31.07.2014: https://www.geographie.uni-freiburg.de/pdfs/cfp_translocality.pdf/view


Hackenbroch K, Rother S, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Bork-Hüffer T, National University of Singapore


Dr. Kirsten Hackenbroch
Tel.: +49(0)761 203-3560
Email: kirsten.hackenbroch@geographie.uni-freiburg.de


01.05.2014 bis 01.03.2015


FRIAS (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies), Kooperationspartner: FREINEM (Freiburger Netzwerk für Migrationsforschung), Kooperationspartner: CETRAS (Freiburg Center for Transcultural Asian Studies)

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