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Panel 69. Childhood in cities: Perspectives from territories of the Global North and South


  • Susana Cortés-Morales, Universidad Central de Chile


Urban studies, territorial and mobility studies have flourished in both the northern and southern hemispheres, generating significant epistemological shifts in how we understand space, territories, and urban life from the perspective of their inhabitants. However, these studies have focused on the adult world as the source of knowledge, overlooking the experiences and perspectives of inhabitants whose intersecting positions diverge in their bodily, emotional, interactive, needs, and interests from those of the standard adult. Childhood, among other groups, has been historically marginalized both in urban planning processes and the study of urban phenomena. To address this gap, childhood studies and the geographies of childhood have focused on understanding various aspects of children’s daily lives from spatial perspectives, contributing to a more comprehensive and inclusive understanding of various socio-spatial phenomena from childhood. While these fields have been developing for more than two decades in the Northern hemisphere, these developments are emerging in the Southern hemisphere, particularly in Latin America, and it is necessary to engage in dialogue and discussion about the empirical and theoretical aspects that arise and are found when studying these topics from diverse and asymmetrical territories.

This panel proposal aims to generate an encounter and dialogue around the experiences of childhood (and those who live and move with it) as urban inhabitants: their mobilities, human relationships, and more than human relationships in inhabited territories, the role of various technologies and artifacts in their dwelling, their participation in instances of urban interventions or territorial organizations, their strategies and tactics of location, their place concerning territorial and environmental conflicts, among other possible topics. The panel also aims to put in dialogue perspectives on these emerging topics from diverse territories in unequal South and North global contexts, giving space to discussions that tension the dominant empirical and conceptual assumptions in these fields from the experiences of urban children situated differently.

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