Urban Climate Experiments: A Para-Site
Friederike Gesing (University of Bremen)
Michael Flitner (Bremen University)
Nona Schulte-Römer (Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH - UFZ)
Start time:
3 September, 2016 at 16:00
Session slots:

Short abstract:

Amidst increasing standardization of transnational climate governance, collective urban experiments challenge the normaliziation of climate change in the city. The track explores collaborative approaches to the coproduction of transnational spaces in localized experiments and networked structures.

Long abstract:

Cities have been identified as key actors of transnational climate change politics: as sociomaterial infrastructures causing substantial GHG emissions (Christ, 2014), as a political space where climate is rendered governable (Bulkeley and Betsill 2013), and as nodal points in emerging hybrid and polycentric networks of climate governance (Hakelberg 2014). While cities struggle for recognition on the global political stage, a normalization and standardization process takes place that fits climate mitigation, and increasingly adaptation, to strategic agendas of urban development and economic innovation policies. At the same time, Bulkeley and Broto (2013) argue that urban climate governance mainly takes place outside of formal policies and plans, but as experimental practice of diverse actors. The track aims to collect work from this complex arena of climate experiments. How do marginal actors engage in experiments that form and transform the sociomaterial infrastructure and the political space of the city - especially under crisis conditions? How are experiments framed vis-à-vis the normalization of urban climate change responses and the emergence of accounting and standardization tools? How is the transnational space coproduced in localized experiments and networked structures? The session will be organized as a para-site: an "overlapping academic/fieldwork space" open to fieldwork collaborators or "para-ethnographers" (Holmes and Marcus 2008). Traditional paper presentations are welcome, however, we encourage authors to consider experimental formats, including co-presentations.