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Panel 15. Migration and Urban Space: Emerging Relations of Encounters and Conflict in Culturally Diversified Neighborhoods


  • Miguel Pérez (Director of the School of Anthropology, Diego Portales University & Associate Researcher at COES, Chile)


The current era of migration increasingly brings diverse individuals and communities into close proximity. In this panel, we invite papers that speak to the role of migration in the everyday production of urban spaces. We encourage submissions which approach the production of urban spaces from diverse methodological approaches, disciplines, and perspectives. This could include—but is not limited to—work emphasizing the layered production of space; infrastructural approaches to absolute and relative spaces; considerations of the symbolic power of place; subject-citizen formation in diversified neighborhoods; interethnic relations of conviviality and/or conflict; discussions of landscape; or social and cultural production of space.

We invite papers that interrogate how migrants participate in shaping the “city as a thing in the making”—one continually crafted through daily practices of inhabiting the city (Simone 2010: 3). As migrants engage in daily strategies of making do like working, commuting, shopping, and socializing, the cumulative impact of these uncoordinated actions can prompt urban transformation through the “quiet encroachment of the ordinary” (Bayat 2010: 15). As city residents take on active roles in the production of space, like those detailed in Caldeira’s work on peripheral urbanism, they can become “agents of urbanization, not simply consumers of spaces developed and regulated by others” (2017: 5). Through active engagement with urban spaces, residents not only transform these sites, but they also make claims to citizenship, marking a shift in their political subjectivity.

Cities have become “the strategic arena” for citizenship (Holston and Appadurai 1996: 188), critical sites where everyday encounters, engagements, and contestations are ways in which ordinary people take part in the social production of urban identities and spaces. As everyday citizenship claims occur, migrant belonging is at stake (Secor 2004). In receiving countries, responses to migrant presence in urban spaces includes both contested responses that craft borders (Yuval-Davis et al. 2018) and intercultural conviviality where multiculturalism is emphasized (Radice 2016/Wise & Noble 2016). We look forward to submissions that present new and critical perspectives on migrant use of urban space, citizenship, and implications on understandings of urban life across, between, and within the Global South and Global North.

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