Call for Papers: Metromobility & Spatial Justice
Friday, August 26, 2016
Special Theme “Challenging Enduring Urban Injustices: Race, Ethnicity, Space, and Political Economy”
47th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association, Minneapolis, April 19-22, 2017
As “political infrastructures” mass transit systems are imbricated in fundamental questions about who belongs in the metropolis, who is allowed to participate fully in urban activities, who decides how space will be planned and produced, and who gains from urban transformation. While transit-led urbanism promises to cure cities and regions of the woes of automobility through a range of broad environmental, economic, and social benefits, it also has the potential to entrench existing hierarchies and create new forms of urban marginality and exclusion.
Contemporary mobility systems are ambivalent: they are symbols of freedom, progress, and prosperity, but they are also central bearers of inequality and domination. A right to metromobility thus concerns traditional justice issues such as how goods are distributed fairly, but transit also poses new ethical questions about metropolitan democracy, equality and liberty.
We seek to build a conversation around uneven patterns of contemporary metropolitan mobility, transit equity, and spatial justice. We are seeking papers that consider the relationship between metromobility and (in)justice in different empirical contexts and through a variety of epistemological postures and theoretical lenses.
Please send proposals including titles of up to 150 characters, abstracts of up to 250 words, a list of 5 keywords, as well as the name, affiliation and email address of all authors, to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with “Metromobility and Spatial Justice” as the subject line. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is September 20, 2016. MORE INFO