The Transnationality of Cities. International Conference at the graduate program »Transnational Spaces«, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, 3rd – 5th December 2009

Cities are appropriate sites for an examination of the spatial dimension of transnationality. This is where global processes are concentrated, localized and become transformed and materialize in physical space. In most recent studies on transnationality categories of space are acknowledged in basic terms like ‚bifocality‘ and ‚here and there‘, they are generally examined focussing on social networks, but not with regard to the (material, social or discursive) constitution of space.

The conference focuses on the manifestation of transnationality in cities, on the physical transformation of spaces as arenas for transnational actors and transborder activities, on social spaces where social and economic networks intertwine or on narrative and discursive spaces created by cultural production or the media. The significance of migration, global economies as well as everyday practices for current urban transformation processes is emphasized. Urban space is not a setting for transnational practices but a constituent force of transnationality in all its guises.

How are urban spaces affected, transformed, connected by transnational processes and created anew? How do transnational activities – actors, institutions, economic networks – relate to and manifest themselves in urban space? In what ways do transnational flows of knowledge and political concepts, global power relations and the interconnectedness of political actors affect models of urban governance?

The questions posed at this “transdisciplinary” conference focus – both on a theoretical and on a ethodological level – on the significance of transnational flows for the production of urban space. The panels include a variety of perspectives, focussing on flows of ideas, discourses and objects and their local manifestations.

Program: Thursday, 3.12.2009 / 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm // Welcome European University Viadrina – Keynotes on Transnationalism // Prof. Dr. Stefan Krätke, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder: Welcome // Prof. Dipl.Ing. em. Hans Harms, London/Berlin: Cities of the South in the Context of Transnational Urbanism and International Development Policies // Prof. Dr. John Eade, Roehampton University, London: The Return of the Local? Transnationalism, Translocalism and Religion in the Global City // Reception: Poster presentation by the Ph.D. Students of the graduate program “Transnational Spaces”

Friday, 4.12.2009 / 9.30 am – 1.00 pm // Transnational Urban Spaces — Cultural Repertoires and Everyday Practices – Moderation: Dr. Kathrin Wildner, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt /Oder // Dr. Martijn Oosterbaan, Utrecht University: Transnational Brazilian Evangelism and Media // Dr. Kerstin Pinther, Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main: Migration, Architecture and Transnational Spaces // Prof. Dr. Faranak Miraftab, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Emergent Transnational Spaces: Meat, Sweat and Global (re)Production in the Heartland // Dr. Clara Irazábal, Columbia University, New York: Transnational Planning: Reconfiguring Spaces and Institutions // 2.30 pm – 6.00 pm // Urban Governance Models // Moderation: Dr. Stephan Lanz. European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder // Prof. Dr. Katharyne Mitchell, University of Washington, Seattle: From Moody´s to Compstat: Why Neoliberal Urban Governance Lives On // Dr. Richard Pithouse, Durban, South Africa: Let’s Keep it Real (The Anti-Politics of Most Attempts at Global Solidarity) // Prof. Dr. Roger Keil, York University, Toronto: Transnational Urban Political Ecology: Health, Environment and Infrastructure in the Unbounded City // Prof. Dr. Marcelo Lopes de Souza, University of Rio de Janeiro: Challenging Heteronomonous Power in a Globalised World: Insurgent Spatial Practices, Militant Particularism’ and Multiscalarity

Saturday, 5.12.2009 / 9.30 am – 12.30 am // Localizing Global Value Chains in Global / Globalizing Cities – Moderation: Prof. Dr. Stefan Krätke European University Viadrina // Michael Hoyler, Loughborough University, Leicestershire: Spaces and Networks of Musical Creativity and Music Production in the City // Dr. Sandra Alarcón, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City: Tianguis Global – Transnational Connections between Mexico City and Los Angeles // Prof. Dr. Christof Parnreiter, University of Hamburg: Global City Formation, Real Estate Economy and the Transnationalization of Urban Spaces // 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm // Final Discussion: The Transnationality of Cities – Moderated overarching discussion with representatives from all panels and as special guests // Prof. Dr. Margit Mayer, Free University of Berlin // Prof. Dr. Schiffauer, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder

Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder