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AAG Sessions: An Informational Right to the City?

Published on
17 Nov 2015
Written by
Joe Shaw

I am delighted to announce that our call for papers surrounding information and the right to the city has been extremely successful. Mark Graham and myself will be running three sessions at the annual AAG conference (San Francisco, March-April 2016) that are structured around a few broad sub-themes. These themes are mainly intended to sensibly group the papers, but also to reflect different trajectories of Lefebvre’s work. We had a lot of submissions to consider, and have managed to squeeze 15 papers into the following sessions (exact dates and times for each session are yet to be confirmed). Anyone working around or interested in these topics is strongly encouraged to attend and participate!

Session 1: An Informational Right to the City? ICTs and Everyday Life

An Informational Right to the City?
Joe Shaw & Mark Graham (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford)

Everyday Code: The right to information and the struggle for democracy
Mark Purcell (Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington)

Access Denied: Data, scoring, and mobility restrictions in the smart city
Jathan Sadowski (Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University)

Automated Landlord: Technology and the financialization of renting
Desiree Fields (Department of Geography, University of Sheffield)

DiscussantAndy Merrifield (Independent Scholar)

Session 2: An Informational Right to the City? ICTs & Contested Representation

Right to the City and Open Data Mapping
Sophia Drakopoulou (School of Media and Performing Arts, Middlesex University)

Cartographic Uprising: Jerusalem’s digital maps between facts and action
Valentina Carraro and Bart Wissink (City University of Hong Kong)

The Production of an African Hybrid City
Marta Pucciarelli (Faculty of Communication Sciences, University of Lugano & SUPSI, Switzerland)

Unequal Publics: Open geographic data, development and community access in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Xiaowei Wang (Independent Researcher)

The Politics of Public Space in Networked Cities: The ‘digital information overlay’ as an emerging terrain of struggle
Kurt Iveson (Faculty of Science, University of Sydney)

Session 3: An Informational Right to the City? ICTs & The Production of Space

Inhabiting Conceptual Space: The right to the city and struggles over transportation
Dian Nostikasari and Nicole Foster (College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, University of Texas)

Turn the Earth Into Swiss Cheese: Big data, urban nature, and emerging expressions of ecological escapism
Matthew Tiessen (Professional Communication, Ryerson University)

Whose Right to the Secure City?
Emily Kaufman (Department of Geography, University of Kentucky)

Enabling ‘right to appropriation’ and facilitating ‘distributed cognition’ in (re-) production of urban spaces
Deepak Gopinath (Department of Environment, University of Dundee)

Information as Contestation: The digital realm as a platform for marginalized communities
Lindsay Howe (Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich)

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