CFP: LOVE IN THE DIVERSE CITY (Session 52) ISA RC21 conference “Shaping & Sensing the city” | July 6-8 2020, Antwerp (Belgium)

***CALL FOR PAPERS***

ISA RC21 2020 annual conference “Shaping & Sensing the city. Power, people, place”

Antwerp (Belgium). July 6-8 2020

https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/conferences/rc21-sensing-the-city

 

SESSION N. 52

Love in the diverse city

 

ORGANIZER
Lidia Manzo
​Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan (Italy)
lidia.manzo@unimi.it

 

Abstract

One of the most profound effects of globalization is that people from everywhere are falling in love with people from everywhere else. Increasing migration worldwide has facilitated the unions of people from different countries, religions, ethnicities and, presumably, cultural backgrounds. Such unions are often celebrated as a sign of integration; however, the classic assimilation theory no longer suffice in tackling the growth of large cities, which are witnessing unprecedented levels of diversity.

Thus, mixed unions may do more than reflect the nature of social boundaries. In urban areas of super-diversity, there is a growing likelihood that multiple and overlapping forms of mixedness will characterize many romantic relationships and it may be that while some ethnic and racial boundaries will remain persistent, others will become more blurred and of diminishing social significance. However, despite the centrality of sexuality to the conduct and continuation of urban life, investigations of intercultural love remain curiously absent from urban studies.

Cities can be seen as roiling maelstroms of affect, love styles and spatially contextualized romantic emotions. Mixed couples and their intimate lives are the focal point at which the different aspects of the globalized world literally become embodied. They define resistance against the state’s biopolitical power to control people and become a space of intimate citizenship. At the same time, these relationships may represent a ‘quiet revolution’ that holds for re-envisioning people’s idea of ‘us and them’, challenging what it means to inhabit multiculturalism in our everyday lives. But how are people inside a family to withstand, negotiate and survive pressures that separate whole worlds from one another?

This session examines how romantic relationships between native majorities and immigrant minorities are experienced and performed at the urban scale by inviting papers that address some of the following:

*  first, in order for an intercultural couple to love one another, the two individuals need to meet. Which are their “places of the heart”? Where do they meet in the diverse city? Are these spaces permeable, opened, and available to the dating and mating between natives and migrants? We want to explore these emotional geographies of mixité by revealing the ways in which different kinds of places can elicit specific feelings of intercultural love;

*  in romantic love, individuals are apt to encounter inequality within their relationships. Yet, how are these disparities experienced? What is the role of local communities? We point to the enduring inequities inherent in the experience of love and difference in our societies and the opportunities or the obstacles that may arise in the urban milieu;

*  from a social network perspective, support or opposition from one’s social surrounding affect the course of love over its various developmental stages, including its initiation, maintenance, and termination. Thinking about young people, parental approval to an intercultural romantic relationship remains controversial and deserves more attention;

*  what the political consequences of thinking more explicitly about these topics might be?

Keywords

Intercultural Love, Urban Diversity, Emotional Geographies of Mixité, Spatialities of Love, Everyday Multiculturalism

 

References

Alba, Richard, and Nancy Foner. 2015. ‘Mixed Unions and Immigrant- Group Integration in North America and Western Europe’. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciencehe ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 662 (1): 38–56.

Beck, Ulrich, and Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim. 2013. Distant Love. Cambridge: Polity press.

Parisi, Rosa. 2015. ‘Practices and Rhetoric of Migrants’ Social Exclusion in Italy: Intermarriage , Work and Citizenship as Devices for the Production of Social Inequalities’. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 22 (6): 739–56.

Root, Maria P. 2001. Love’s Revolution: Interracial Marriage. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Song, Miri. 2016. ‘Multiracial People and Their Partners in Britain: Extending the Link between Intermarriage and Integration?’ Ethnicities 16 (4): 631–48.

Song, Miri, and David Parker. 1995. ‘Commonality, Difference and the Dynamics of Disclosure in in- Depth Interviewing’. Sociology 29 (2): 241–56.

Stets, Jan E., and Jonathan H. Turner, eds. n.d. Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions. New York: Sp.

Thrift, Nigel. 2008. Non-Representational Theory: Space, Politics, Affect. The Dictionary Of Human Geography. New York: Routledge.

 

HOW TO PRESENT A PAPER FOR SESSION 52:

Abstracts (maximum 250 words) need to be submitted through the conference website via the following weblink: www.uantwerpen.be/en/conferences/rc21-sensing-the-city/call-for-papers/submit-your-abstract/ . Abstracts which were not submitted through our website cannot be selected for presentation at the conference.

 

DEADLINE

15 March 2020

 

General inquiries can also be directed to Lidia Manzo at lidia.manzo@unimi.it

Notification of abstract approval is expected to take place around 15 April 2020

 

 

 

 

 

New journal article: “Constituting SWIG Ireland: Community, Social Capital and Academic Citizenship”

A new research article reflecting on how women-centred organisations can achieve a “communal democracy” to sustain their support in academia over the long haul has now been published online on Irish Geography and is available at http://www.irishgeography.ieIn this paper I use the Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) Ireland group as a case to make this argument. I contend that women’s work in academia, as well as in community organising, can both be considered invisible, devalued labour. Building on this, I show that the potential ability of communities to achieve representation and gain resources, to actualize goals (intellectual, professional, and personal) and to provide collective goods, might support women in academia in addressing this severe oversight. In the current academic climate of structural change and funding cuts, ensuring the full participation of all genders in consultative processes is more important than ever. It is time now to recognise the gendered nature of academic citizenship whose membership to the community also implies duties deriving from kinship in reciprocation of the benefits that membership brings. To this end, I outline the women-centred community organising model, the social capital that is involved, and the range of activities for empowering women to alter the efforts in Irish academia to making this change.

Lidia KC Manzo (2019). Constituting SWIG Ireland: Community, Social Capital and Academic Citizenship“ in Irish Geography 52(1). ISSN: 0075-0778 (Print) 1939-4055 (Online)

CFP: Ethnographic Accounts of Personal Networks, SIAA (Italian Society for Applied Anthropology) VII annual meeting: 12-14 December 2019, Ferrara (Italy)

CALL FOR PAPERS

SIAA (Italian Society for Applied Anthropology) VII annual meeting

Ferrara (Italy). 12-14 December 2019

SESSION: ‘Ethnographic Accounts of Personal Networks’
We practice personal networks every day. Each of us is the center of our own universe. We know who our friends are, how they are connected to each other, and what kinds of sociability, help, and information they might provide. But how do such network individuals operate? Personal network analysis and visualization combined with ethnographic interviews and participant observation have the potential for researching creatively integrating ethnography and network analysis, based on the assumption that it is due to ethnography that we characterize ties. Ethnography permits the revealing, the unveiling, and the classifying of networks. In this sense, the information on composition of networks are gathered ethnographically in a rich and complex fashion due to the extended contact time between researchers and the community of participants. These ethnographic accounts of personal networks accurately display social relationships as they come and go, thus demonstrating their dynamism and mobility.
In this panel session we analyze territorially specific patterns of social interactions that are bundled in the urban social milieu by inviting papers that address some of the following:
– communities as networks with a focus on social integration and mobility of migrants and/or minority groups;
– the role of specialized ties in promoting social support and network capital;
– how do homogeneous networks are conduit for social control and channels for the reproduction of inequalities? In other words, how does homophily is disadvantageous for lower-status groups?
– linkages over time between life stage experiences, relationships and changes in personal networks.
References
Chua, V., J. Madej, and B. Wellman (2011). Personal Communities: The World According To Me. In J. Scott & P. J. Carrington (Eds), The SAGE Handbook of Social Network Analysis, pp. 101-115. London: Sage Publications.
Domínguez, S. and Hollstein, B. (ed.) (2014). Mixed methods social networks research: design and applications. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Hannerz, U. (1980). Exploring the City: Inquiries Toward an Urban Anthropology (chapter 5: “Thinking with Networks”). New York: Columbia University Press.
McCarty, C., Lubbers, M. J., Vacca, R., & Molina, J. L. (2019). Conducting Personal Network Research: A Practical Guide. New York: Guilford Press.
Wellman, B. (2007). The Network is Personal: Introduction to a Special Issue of Social Networks. In Social Networks 29, 349–356.
ORGANIZERS
Lidia MANZO, lidia.manzo@unimi.it
Enzo COLOMBO, enzo.colombo@unimi.it
Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan (Italy)
HOW TO PRESENT A PAPER
Paper proposals can be sent by email to lidia.manzo@unimi.it
The proposal should include both an abstract (max 400 words) and a short bio (max 250 words).
DEADLINE: 12 August 2019
General inquiries can also be directed to Lidia Manzo at lidia.manzo@unimi.it

New journal article “Supported Home Ownership and Adult Independence in Milan: The Gilded Cage of Family Housing Gifts and Transfers”

A new research article reflecting on practices of intergenerational support for homeownership among different generations of families in Milan has now been published online on Sociology and is available at “https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038518798761“. The article explores the meanings and moral reasoning behind the decision to accept (or not) support in context of contemporary discourses surrounding the liquidity and availability of housing and finance. It highlights the moral compromises and emotional negotiations inherent in the giving and receiving of support for housing, contributing to a body of literature concerned with the reproduction of home and family. Furthermore, it stresses the importance of homes and housing assets in mediating dependence and re-affirming family bonds within a family-oriented welfare context, despite conflict, resistance and frustrated aspirations.

Lidia KC Manzo, Oana Druta, Richard Ronald (2018). Supported Home Ownership and Adult Independence in Milan: The Gilded Cage of Family Housing Gifts and Transfers“ in Sociology 00(0). DOI: 10.1177/0038038518798761

Post-Crash Cities: Housing Financialisation, late-Neoliberalism and Community Responses

Pre-Conference of Irish Geographers Workshop

Maynooth University | South Campus | Rhetoric House | ROQUE LAB | Maynooth | Ireland
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at 15:30 – Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 19:00 (IST)

The increased intertwining of finance and real estate was a prelude to and intimately bound up with the global economic crisis, yet the aftermath has been particularly dynamic as new roles are cast for private-equity firms and other financial actors in the ‘for-rent’ residential sector and as states engineer new policies to further affirm the treatment of housing as a financial asset. One upshot of these new post-crash configurations of cities has been to accentuate sharply the vulnerability of urban communities, left with fewer state protections and buffers to resist urban marginalization.

This workshop brings together the latest theories and empirical findings in the research field surrounding contemporary cities and late-neoliberalism, taking into account the ‘aftermath’ of the global economic crisis and its different implications – from political-economic arrangements to more micro consequences for urban communities, such as housing accessibility crises, marginalized citizenries and raising socio-spatial segregation. It does so with a multi-disciplinary approach that seeks to better unify geographical, economic, political, sociological and anthropological understandings of the intertwining of global processes of financialisation of housing and gentrification with neoliberal urban policies at different scales.

The ‘Post-Crash Cities’ workshop is organised by Sinéad Kelly and Lidia K.C. Manzo at Maynooth University, Department of Geography with the generous support of Maynooth University Conference & Workshop Fund, Irish Research Council, MU Department of Geography.

Attendance is free and we hope that you will all enjoy it!

Register here: https://post-crashcities.eventbrite.ie

 

For enquires about this workshop please contact: lidia.manzo@mu.ie

All details can be found on the MU Department of Geography website: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/geography/events

And on the Conference of Irish Geographers’ website: http://www.conferenceofirishgeographers.ie/events

New journal article: ‘Resisting Gentrification: the case for Diversity’

A new journal article reflecting on the notion of urban diversity in gentrification processes has now been published in the Urbanistica Tre special issue “Stay put! Anti-gentrification practices in Southern Europe” edited by Sandra Annunziata with a commentary by Loretta Lees.

Manzo, Lidia K.C. (2017). Resisting Gentrification: the case for Diversity,” special issue “Stay put! Anti-gentrification practices in Southern Europe” in Urbanistica Tre, Journal of Urban Design and Planning of Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Vol. 5 , Iss. 13, 111-117. ISSN: ISSN: 2531-7091

Abstract: The endorsement of diversity has always been a hallmark of gentrification. Thus, my view is that practices of resistance that advocate for an idealized version of urban diversity per se do not produce socio-economic inclusiveness and tolerance. Rather, it is the ambiguous coalescence between the production and the consumption of diversity that, while enhancing a diverse plurality of dwellers, can give rise to a plurality of interests and goals that are often in conflict. Critical urban research involves examining the effects of diversity on the development of gentrification processes rather than simply assuming that the results of its practices of resistance will be beneficial. The interests or lifestyle of a group should not be favored simply because it is at a disadvantage. This occurred in Milan, where Chinese entrepreneurs were able to move from being dominated by the revanchist policies of the local government to being the dominant actors in the rise of a “commodified” multiethnic neighborhood. It is necessary to investigate whether such an action would displace other groups. This is exactly how the ambiguity of diversity emerges: on the one hand it defines urban appeal, fosters creativity, and breeds tolerance, while on the other hand, it can undermine democracy if individuals’ loyalty to group interests or symbols is greater than their interest in the common good.

New journal article “Naked elites: unveiling embodied markers of superiority through co-performance ethnography in gentrified Brooklyn’s Park Slope”

A new journal article reflecting on performance as the paradigm-driven methodological tool to unveil the hidden, micro-strategies of elite reproduction in the super-gentrified neighborhood of Brooklyn’s Park Slope has now been published on Taylor & Francis Online.

Manzo, Lidia K.C. (2017). Naked elites: unveiling embodied markers of superiority through co-performance ethnography in gentrified Brooklyn’s Park Slope,” in Urban Geography, Vol. 0 , Iss. 0,0. ISSN: 0272-3638 (Print) 1938-2847 (Online). DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2017.1381535

The first 50 readers can get a free copy here‬
http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/yA6WbKjWSKjfwGr7zhWa/full ‬

“Naked elites: unveiling embodied markers of superiority through co-performance ethnography in gentrified Brooklyn’s Park Slope”
(c) Lidia K. C. Manzo in Urban Geography (2017)
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