|RETHINKING URBAN INEQUALITY IN CONTEMPORARY TIMES, WITH LOЇC WACQUANT
The Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield, UK
Tuesday June 7th, 2016
Co-conveners: Ryan Powell (Sheffield Hallam University) and John Flint (University of Sheffield)
Numerous studies now highlight the changing and deepening nature of urban inequalities. In the context of continued efforts to profile these issues by Sheffield urbanists we are delighted to host a meeting that will bring the noted scholar, Loїc Wacquant, to the city to deliberate on these issues with colleagues. Wacquant has of course been influential in numerous domains, including urban sociology, geography, politics, anthropology, criminology, planning and urban and housing studies. A key strength of this body of work is the way in which it combines detailed empirical research, theoretical insight, comparative research, policy analyses and historical perspectives within a broader project of detailing and understanding the particularities of urban inequality in contemporary societies. His dynamic theoretical framework is increasingly called upon in analyses of urban marginality and critiques of contemporary modes of governance. In a period of declining policy attention or investment in core urban problems this symposium offers an exciting opportunity to connect empirical, theoretical and practically oriented work that falls within the broad purview scoped by Wacquant’s work.
This international one-day conference seeks to engage with Wacquant’s ongoing project of ‘disentangl[ing] the triangular nexus of class fragmentation, ethnic division and state-crafting in the polarizing city’ (Wacquant, 2014). The conference will promote reflections on three broad themes: (i) social class; (ii) ethnicity; and (iii) state and space. Confirmed speakers include:
- Loїc Wacquant, University of Berkeley California and Centre de Sociologie Européenne, Paris
- Matt Clement, University of Winchester
- Adam Elliott-Cooper, University of Oxford
- John Flint, University of Sheffield
- Emma Jackson, Goldsmith’s
- Isabella Clough Marinaro, John Cabot University
- Kirsteen Paton, University of Leeds
- David Robinson, Sheffield Hallam University
- Fabien Truong, Paris 8
- Justus Uitermark, University of Amsterdam
The conference will provide an opportunity to engage with Wacquant’s recent work and assess its continued relevance in rethinking urban inequality in the present period. It also seeks to explore the potential for the refinement and development of Wacquant’s framework and theoretical syntheses with other perspectives in application to dynamic urban and social processes, across Europe and beyond, namely:
- How can Wacquant’s work aid the empirical understanding of today’s complex urban inequalities?
- And how can empirical investigation and theoretical synthesis aid the refinement and development of Wacquant’s important work?
The conference seeks to engage scholars interested in the changing nature of urban relations in developing an empirically and theoretically informed understanding of contemporary urban inequalities.
How to book
The event is part funded by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University; the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Urban Institute at the University of Sheffield. A fee of £50 will be payable by all delegates to cover the remaining running costs of the conference.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a place please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rethinking-urban-inequality-in-contemporary-times-with-loc-wacquant-tickets-22875834236
The full programme, speaker biographies, papers and other relevant supporting materials will be uploaded to the conference website in the run up to the event. Please check for updates.
Emma Smith – email@example.com / Ryan Powell – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wacquant, L. (2014) ‘Marginality, ethnicity and penality in the neo-liberal city: an analytic cartography’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37(10), pp.1687-1711.