P106
Mediating the global in city life

Convenors:
Beate Eellend (National Library of Sweden)
Birgitta Svensson (Stockholm University)
Location:
Tower B, Piso 2, Room T7
Start time:
18 April, 2011 at 11:30
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

The general aim of this panel is to discuss tensions and consequences in a changing urban landscape. We want to discuss the formation of material and immaterial borders within city life when processes of globalization meet and create local identity.

Long abstract:

The general aim of this panel is to discuss tensions and consequences in a changing urban landscape. Places are space made culturally meaningful; they are integral parts of social interaction and cultural identification. Hence, place can only be understood in connection with the way people organize their everyday life, as well as with those historical events and socio-political institutions that structure those lives. The papers should seek to discuss the formation of material and immaterial borders within city life when processes of globalization meet and create local identity. We want to address the many different ways in which global processes, social and cultural as well as economic and political, take part in the identity of places and people. This raises questions of cultural citizenship. Who has the right to the city? Which conflicts and contestations shape city life? How are groups and individuals excluded and included in the city? How and when are borders transgressed, changed and reshaped?