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H-Shehr ^^^^^ Workshop: Visioning the Urban Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies American University in Cairo Date: May 26-27, 2008 Location: Flamenco Hotel Andalucia + Florencia Rooms, 10th floor Zamalek The impact of neo-liberalism on the modern city has been the subject of much critical scrutiny over the past decade in works of authors such as Saskia Sassen and Mike Davis and many others. While much attention has been paid to the physical restructuring of urban space, especially in global cities, our understanding of the impact of these processes on the every day life worlds of the working poor in the global south remains limited. This workshop invites scholars engaged in critical urban research to think through some of these issues from a gendered lens. Monday May 26, 2008 9:00-9:15 Introductions 9:15-9:30 Visioning the Urban: Issues & Challenges for Gendering Critical Urban Studies Martina Rieker, Institute for Gender & Women’s Studies, American University in Cairo 9:30-11:30 Session I: With the acceleration of urbanization processes in the three regions, dreams of the future are now almost a priori urban. The countryside has lost its ability to capture the imagination for a better life for the working poor. What visions about the urban are being traded, desired, sought after in the present? After more than a century of rural-urban migration, and vibrant communication between discrepant geographies, what different visions and packages of desire are entangled with specific urban contexts? And how is this gendered? Paper 1: Telling Tales Paromita Vohra, Independent Filmmaker and Writer, Mumbai Paper 2: The politics of gender and health in urban South Africa Ida Susser, Department of Anthropology, Cuny Graduate Center Discussion 11:30-13:30 Session II: In his work on the politics of scale Brenner suggests that new questions need to be put to ways in which discrepant spaces (small towns, mega cities, rural backspaces, states) connect with each other in the age of "globalization." How are different gendered visions of the urban articulated at these distinct sites? Paper 1: Socio-technical comparison of mass-transit operations in Gurgaon, India and Sitta October, Egypt Dalia Essam Wahdan, Department of Sociology, University of Pune and Doctoral Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Society, Delhi, India. Paper 2: The Spaces of Recovery: A View from a Post-Tsunami Settlement (Sri Lanka) Nihal Perrera, Department of Urban Planning, Ball State University Paper 3: The Welfare State, the Warfare State and the Renegade Town: Structural Marginalisation and the Future of the Yemeni State Susanne Dahlgren, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies Discussion 13:30-14:30 Lunch 14:30-16:30 Session III: The transformation of the modernist city with its celebration of diversity into gated enclaves of the affluent and far away shanty's of the poor is a sine qua non of contemporary critical urban literature. What is less well understood are the implications of the experience of the urban for the working poor. With the growth of informal laboring practices different sorts of creative mobility is demanded of the working poor women and men. In what ways do these new urban mobilities re-articulate the vision of the urban for women, men, family networks, the young and the old? Paper 1: Urban Spectacles of Sexual Commerce : Caste, Class, and Mumbai's Informal Labor Markets Svati Shah, Department of Women's Studies, Wellesley College Paper 2: Bed Space Cities (Dubai) Rima Sabban, Dubai City College Discussion Tuesday May 27, 2008 9:00-11:30 Session III continued: Paper 3: Young and Invisible: African Domestic Workers in Yemen Marinea de Regt, International Institute for Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam and the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) in Leiden, the Netherlands. Paper 4: Making the Way Through: Space and Power of Working-Class Women in Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong Tammy Kit-Ping Wong, Department of Geography, Hong Kong Baptist University Paper 5: Learning Self-Governance in 'Unruly' Spaces: Global Discourses, Local Practices and FTZ Workers on City Streets. Sandya Hewamanne, Department of Anthropology, Drake University Discussion 11:30-13:30 Session IV: How does ongoing political conflict and urban violence in places such as Gaza City, Karachi or Kinshasa, impact on these contemporary experiences and stories of the urban? In what ways does conflict produce very different gendered experiences of the urban? Paper 1: Mercenary Justice and Masculinity in Urban Honduras Adrienne Pine, Department of Anthropology, American University in Cairo Paper 2: Men and Their "Problems": A Tale of Two Cities (Cairo and Karachi) Kamran Ali, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin Paper 3: Women On the Edge: Mourning outside of the city and state (Iran) Roxanne Varzi, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Irvine Discussion 13:30-14:30 Lunch 14:30-17:30 Session V: What are the continuing possibilities for the "right to the city" narratives of modern feminism? What other forms of connections, activism, collaboration are being created within the temporal-spatial register of the neo-liberal city? Presumably the grounds and energies of these activities are located on very different grounds than rights based politics? Paper 1: Risky Choices: Women, Safety and Pleasure in Mumbai Shilpa Phadke, Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India Paper 2: Urban women in Islamist parties in Lahore: Harbingers of change? Humeira Iqtidar, Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge. Paper 3: Post-nationalism: Urban spaces, middle class activism and the making of the consumer-citizen in Delhi Sanjay Srivastava, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University Paper 4: Karachi: Changes in Values and Lifestyles Arif Hassan, Architect (Karachi) Discussion