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RC21 CONFERENCE 2024. “The politics and spaces of encounters: advancing dialogues between and within the Global North and the Global South”.

This conference aims to highlight the interconnected struggles within cities. We aim to foster debates about how power dynamics and urban spaces influence conflicts, solidarities, cohesion, corruption, violence, inequalities, and segregation from intersectional and gender perspectives as well as their broader implications for cities and urban life. This is an invitation to analyze intense socio-political global and local conflicts, such as social outbursts, populisms, economic crises, climate crises, and humanitarian and sanitary crises. Additionally, we hope to examine how urban processes in the Global North and Global South interact and influence each other, focusing on the politics and spaces of encounters. The conference seeks to encompass various scales (transnational, national-regional, street level) and approaches, opening room for diverse methodologies for empirical research and varied strands of thought (e.g., from radical ideas to current decolonial and feminist thinking in urban studies). Through these dialogues, we aim to bring forward less visible voices and narratives, providing new insights for both mainstream and critical urban theory.

THE CONFERENCE HOST
The University of Chile (UCH) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) will organize the conference, working associated through COES: the Center for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies, a center on priority research areas funded by Chile’s Agency for Research and Development (ANID). COES is centrally sponsored by the University of Chile (UCH) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC), and two associated universities: Diego Portales University (UDP) and Adolfo Ibañez University (UAI). COES brings together researchers from different universities in Chile, and its work is divided into four research lines: (1) economic dimensions of conflict, (2) group and individual interactions, (3) political and social conflict, and (4) geographies of conflict and cohesion. The Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies (IEUT) of the School of Architecture, Design and Urban Studies (FADEU) from the PUC, and the School of Architecture and Urbanism (FAU) from the UCH are part of the organization of the conference. The conference will be held at both schools, which have a central location in the city and excellent infrastructure to host the event.

Research Committee 21 of the International Sociological Association focuses on Urban and Regional Development, and is open to all scholars, researchers, and practitioners regardless of academic discipline.

LOCAL ORGANIZING TEAM (LOT):

María Luisa Méndez: Associate professor at the Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies (IEUT) at PUC, Director of COES and PI of Research Line 4.

Paola Jirón: Associate professor at the Housing Institute (INVI) at FAU at UCH, and associate researcher at COES (Line 1).

Yasna Contreras: Associate professor at the Department of Geography at FAU at UCH, and adjunct researcher at COES (Line 4).

Macarena Ibarra: Associate professor at the Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies (IEUT) at PUC.

Felipe Link: Associate professor at the Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies (IEUT) at PUC, and associate researcher at COES (Line 4).

Quentin Ramond: Assistant professor at the Center of Economics and Social Policy (CEAS) at Universidad Mayor, and adjunct researcher at COES (Line 4).

Michael Lukas: Assistant professor at the Department of Geography at FAU at UCH, and adjunct researcher at COES (Line 4).

Rodrigo Caimanque: Assistant professor at the Department of Urbanism at FAU at UCH.

Javier Ruiz-Tagle: Assistant professor at the Institute of Urban and Territorial Studies (IEUT) at PUC, and adjunct researcher at COES (Line 4).

Centro de Estudios de Conflicto y Cohesión Social.

Diagonal Paraguay 257,
Torre 26, Oficina 1504
Santiago – RM

Los Navegantes 1963
Providencia – RM

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