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Mobile Utopia

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Co-organiser of two sessions: City Walks: Mobile Utopias, Urban Governance, and Practices of Walking In contemporary policy making, walking is made a cornerstone in urban utopias; it is given a central role in the repurposing of machine (car)-centered cities into human-centered, livable, and sustainable ones. But the potential to revive walking is framed by its history: it differs from place to place, depending on past, local processes of marginalization as well as the obduracy of walking practices. Indeed, the very act of walking may be understood as a mobile utopia in some urban contexts. The role of walking and its capacity to open up new ways of thinking about and understanding the urban may suggest pathways to alternative futures for the city. These sessions will be dedicated to contestation between projections of, governance of, as well as actual walking in urban environments—past, present, and future. Looking to bring scholars from various fields together into an interdisciplinary discussion of walking—whilst walking—we invite methodological creativity, for example, contributions that in different ways make use of, reappropriate, redefine or question urban space.

Event (Conference)

TitleMobile Utopia
LocationLancaster University
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Degree of recognitionInternational event