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PANEL SEARCH: "Everyday Life, Informality and the Experience of Permanent Temporariness" "Metropolitan Temporalities" Conference Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany November 20 - 22, 2014 We hereby invite submissions for the panel "Everyday Life, Informality and the Experience of Permanent Temporariness", as part of the forthcoming conference "Metropolitan Temporalities". Metropolitan Temporalities is the third annual conference of the International Graduate Research Program Berlin – New York – Toronto "The World in the City", and will take place November 20 – 22, 2014 at the Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany. Over the past three decades, both urban studies and globalization studies have predominately focused on spatial concerns, often neglecting the important temporal dimensions of global urban development. Our third annual conference therefore seeks to systematically examine the diverse temporal aspects of global exchange and metropolitan development in four thematic clusters: metropolitan pasts and futures; politics of time; metropolitan rhythms; and economies of time. Session Description: --------------------------- Contemporary city life is shaped by everyday experiences of instability and impermanence linked to growing housing and income insecurity, financial precariousness, deregulation, and crumbling welfare states. Related to these processes, informal practices and simultaneously spaces of informality - or "gray spaces", as Oren Yiftachel terms them - are globally expanding. However, how the state is dealing with such activities differs from context to context. State interventions range from either clamping down on them immediately or tolerating them to a certain extend. The tolerance or even encouragement of such gray spaces preserves many of these informal activities in a state of "permanent temporariness", that which is tolerated but condemned, and that perpetually waits to be corrected. This notion of "permanent temporariness" needs further in-depth investigation, especially on the temporal dimension: the seemingly opposing notions of permanence and temporariness generate conceptual tension as they are being experienced simultaneously in everyday city life. This session invites contributions that further the question in what way this status of permanent temporariness has become an everyday experience in contemporary city life. Given the thematic concerns of the conference, preference will be given to contributions that explicitly engage with the temporal dimensions in these everyday practices as well as those which seek to conceptually expand the notion of permanent temporariness. Contributions may include but are not confined to empirical research on squatters facing a constant risk of eviction, street traders and their livelihoods which are perpetually threatened by expulsion, and the everyday lives of the urban poor or "the excluded" who rely on constantly changing strategies in order to survive. Papers can also focus on various tactics of the state to strategically keep urban residents in a condition of instability. The session aims to bring together established researchers and new scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds working in the urban context of both the Global North and South. Session organizers: Christian Haid, Annika Levels, Anna Steigemann Please submit an abstract of 300 words by April 30th 2014 to one of the session organizers firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , or firstname.lastname@example.org , and to email@example.com Christian Haid Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS) Technical University Berlin www.metropolitanstudies.de H-Urban E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org (Click: mailto:email@example.com ) Please use for ALL mail to H-Urban, including postings, inquiries, and comments. H-Urban (http://www.h-net.org/~urban) is affiliated with the International Planning History Society (IPHS, at http://www.planninghistory.org ), the Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH, at http://www.sacrph.org ),and the Urban History Association (UHA, at http://uha.udayton.edu ).