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[ecrea] Call for Papers- New Post-Migrant Socialities: Rethinking Urban Leisure Publics in the Context of Diversity and Dominance

Thu Apr 26 17:00:47 GMT 2012

We are proud to announce the
conference New Post-Migrant Socialities: Rethinking Urban Leisure
Publics in the Context of Diversity and Dominance. It will take place
at  Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, from  24 - 26
January 2013.  The conference explores post-migrant socialites in
urban contexts (
By bringing together scholars from
different disciplinary perspectives, we aim to contribute further to the
discussions about theoretical approaches to sexuality, race, ethnicity and
urban space. We are very honoured to have Professor
Les Back from Goldsmiths, University of London as a keynote speaker. Further
details will be announced shortly, but this email includes the Call for Papers
for four exciting panels.  Please see the attached CfPs for full
details of each panel.  Please direct abstracts to the specific
convenors of each panel  by 6 July 2012.
subcultures, and urban transformation
The panel will address the relationship
of subcultural studies to the city in transformation. Subcultural studies have
influenced sociology and anthropology to a great extent; they have helped to
further an understanding of youth cultures and non-hegemonic formations more
generally. While subcultures take place in diverse social contexts, this panel
aims to address cultural formations and their relationship to the city and
across cities. If cultures affect the city, it is equally true that urban
development engenders change in social formations and leisure practices. It is
therefore important to connect studies of the city to the rise and fall of
subcultures in order to understand how people network and connect in times of
urban reconfiguration and transnational connections. This panel aims to attract
young and advanced scholars interested in new leisure practices and forms of
membership in the city. Comparative and translocal proposals will be welcomed.
Topics welcomed, but not limited to:
·         Sexual and ethnic subcultures
·         The body and
the carnevalesque
·         Transnational
·         Transgressions
·         Fluid identities
and imagined authenticity
·         Forms of urban
occupation and resistance
·         Moral panics and
the CCCV generation
·         Negotiating gender
·         Trans-cultural and
trans-historical subcultures
Send abstracts and questions to Sabina
Rossignoli: (Rossignoli /at/
Negotiation of City Spaces – A Feminist Approach
Urban environments offer possibilities of escaping or reconfiguring
different forms of social control by allowing movement and construction of
urban space (Lefebvre). City spaces are sites of complex, contradictory and
changing practices. The theme of ‘women and the city’ has been variously
explored in academic discourses, but the urban experiences of women of
minoritised ethnic groups have been overshadowed. How do city spaces intersect
with the different everyday life spheres and practices of these women? In what
ways do gendered everyday practices in urban space contribute to changing
cultural perspectives of second and third generation migrants and racialized
women in the European context? The panel
offers a forum to broaden the discussion on meanings and intersections of race,
class and gender in the context of urban space.
Topics welcomed,
but not limited to
·         Intersectional
approaches to the use of city spaces
·         Negotiations of
urban space in everyday life contexts
·         Mobilities
·         Visibility and
·         Impact of urban
transformations on the daily lives of women
·         Gendered leisure
practices in an urban context
Send abstracts and questions to
Harpreet Cholia: (cholia /at/

Leisure Practices
of Queer Post-Migrants/Black People/People of Color and Urban Space
The panel aims to investigate from a
comparative perspective the leisure practices and policies of queer
post-migrant/Black/of color Club Scenes in urban landscapes. Intended as spaces
where the post-migrant/Black/of color LGBT scene can create and feel 'at home',
develop queer kinships (Butler 1993) and refer to transnational connections and
linkages to music, style and culture, queer post-migrants/Black people/people
of color create spaces through leisure practices where diversities and identity
politics are negotiated.  Furthermore these spaces present 'third
spaces' (Bhabha 1990) where acts of subversion and resistance in terms of expectations,
boundaries and normative orders take place. How do queer post-migrant/Black/of
color spaces act as a ‘home’ or ‘refuge‘ for doubly marginalized populations?
How do queer post-migrant/Black/of color populations/people participate in
forms of cultural experimentation and social engagement that are specific to
leisure practices and urban life?  The panel offers a forum to
broaden the discussion on meanings of queer post-migrant/Black/of color
socialities in the context of urban cultures.
Topics welcomed, but not limited to: · Queer
post-migrant/Black/of color spaces as 'third spaces'
·         Negotiations of
space politics
·         Negotiations of
·         Negotiating
white-dominated club scenes/ Racism and Heterosexism at the door · Claiming space in
the urban scenes
·         Queer clubs as
closed spaces/protected social spaces
·         Door
policies/organization at/of post-migrant/Black/of color LGBT club nights
·         Mobile and shifting
·         Alternative kinship
·         Resistance and
·         Sex and sexuality
in post-migrant/Black/of color scenes
·         Queer post-migrant
Black/of color socialities and music
·         Intersections of
sexuality, ethnicity, music and urban space
Send abstracts and questions to Vanessa
Thompson and Heidi Hoefinger: (thompson /at/ and (hoefinger /at/

“I like” - Bridging
online and offline social networks in urban space
It is almost impossible to think a
contemporary, vibrant urban life without digital technologies: 24/7 online
access due to the wide spread existence and economic availability of smart
phones, Wireless Internet access in Cafes and Bars, the omnipresent use and
talks about the online social network Facebook. People are taking
pictures/videos with their smart phones and share them immediately with their
friends. Google, Wikipedia, Youtube, Facebook or other similar online Platforms
are increasingly present wherever people share information with each
other.   How does digital media use shape public face-to-face
life in urban leisure settings? What role does digital technology play in
people’s social worlds in cities? What impact do online social networks have on
Real Life relationalities and the connectivity of the individual to the city?
How does the use of digital technology change our thinking and perception of a
city? Do digital technologies/ Online Social Networks, including Youtube,
connect or disconnect people (e.g. organizing flashmobs via Facebook/ Youtube)?
Do digital technologies in context of the city space encourage or discourage
social interactions? The emphasis of this panel lies on looking at the
influence of new media use/online social networks on face to face interactions
in urban space as well as the change of perception in urban public spaces from
multiple angles.
Topics welcomed, but not limited to:
·         conceptual
frameworks for the analysis of spatial dimensions of online and offline social
·         the impacts of New
Media on the online/offline political and social participation in a city (e.g.
·         Methods discussion:
Participant observation and theory of practice in context of new media use in
urban public settings Send abstracts and questions
to Meltem Acartürk:  (meltem /at/
*** Please send a 300-word
proposal to the specific convenor of each panel by July 6th 2012. Please
specify on your abstract which panel you are submitting to. There are no
conference registration fees. Support for travel and hotel costs is available
for a limited number of applicants; funds will be allocated on the basis of
Thank you, Meltem Acartürk

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