21 Apr 17 // Assembling urban policy as an exercise in worlding the city // IRS Ekner


Assembling urban policy as an exercise in worlding the city

Vortrag von Kevin Ward am 21 April 2017 am IRS Erkner // 16:00 – 18:00 Uhr

Bei der 10. IRS International Lecture on Siociety and Space wird der Humangeograph Kevin Ward zu Gast sein und einen Vortrag zu Formen und Auswirkungen der Mobilisierung und Vermarktung von Stadtpolitiken halten. Ward untersucht in diesem Feld die Rolle der global zirkulierenden Stadtpolitiken („urban policy mobility“)  im Zusammenhang mit dem internationalen Städtewettbewerb und fortschreitender staatlicher Re-Organisation:

How are we to understand the current urban juncture, in which cities are regularly being compared and referenced against each other? There seems to be an unending number of benchmarks, measures, metrics, and rankings produced by various sources, from international and national state agencies to NGOs, from activist groups to consultants and media outlets. All seek to position cities within a global frame. In some cases the coordinates used to put cities in their (global) place are ‘aspirational’, highlighting certain characteristics or features that cities should exhibit. In other cases, these metrics can be ‘disciplining’, highlighting absences that are defined as problematic. Cities play a central role of locating themselves in the world through their approach to the making of urban policy. Its comparative and extrospective nature is one that has demanded our attention in recent years. From aging to creativity, climate change to drugs, education to transport, urban policies in different spheres have been rendered mobile. There is work of adaptation, mediation and translation that has to be done to move policies from one location to another of course. In some cases these policies appear in a range of locations, while in others they do not, a reminder – if one was needed – that those involved in the making up of policy are not always able to render all elements of the future under their control. This focus on the relational and territorial geographies of global urban policy-making captures some of the issues facing those who lead cities, as they seek to project their cities into the world, emphasizing the imaginaries through which cities come to be positioned in cartographies of power.

Discussant: Prof. Dr. Kristine Kern, IRS, Research Department Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods

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Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung e.V. (IRS) –  Konferenzraum // Flakenstraße 29-31 // 15537 Erkner

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