Call for Abstracts

RC21 Conference Santiago 2024

“The politics and spaces of encounters: advancing dialogues between and within the Global North and the Global South”

July 24-26, 2024 – Chile

Deadline for abstracts: December 31, 2023

This conference aims to highlight the interconnected struggles within cities. We aim to foster debates about how power dynamics and urban spaces influence conflicts, solidarities, cohesion, corruption, violence, inequalities, and segregation from intersectional and gender perspectives as well as their broader implications for cities and urban life. This is an invitation to analyze intense socio-political global and local conflicts, such as social outbursts, populisms, economic crises, climate crises, and humanitarian and sanitary crises. Additionally, we hope to examine how urban processes in the Global North and Global South interact and influence each other, focusing on the politics and spaces of encounters. The conference seeks to encompass various scales (transnational, national-regional, street level) and approaches, opening room for diverse methodologies for empirical research and varied strands of thought (e.g., from radical ideas to current decolonial and feminist thinking in urban studies). Through these dialogues, we aim to bring forward less visible voices and narratives, providing new insights for both mainstream and critical urban theory.

The organizing committee invites you to choose one of the following panels and submit your abstract by clicking on the button on their website.

Limits on Participation. You are limited to two appearances in the conference: one paper, and one other role such as a panelist or session chair, or any combination of these. If you are not involved as a panelist or session chair, you can send up to two abstracts to the conference, either as main or co-author

LIST OF ACCEPTED PANELS (click on bold text to read full content)

  1. Spaces of the rich and powerful: Producing and reproducing privileged neighbourhoods. Anthony Miro Born (London School of Economics) & Lars Meier (Goethe University Frankfurt).
  2. Improbable Commons: A poetics of urban sociality. AbdouMaliq Simone (University of Sheffield).
  3. Urban neo-illiberalism and the 21st century infrastructure state. Seth Schindler (University of Manchester) & Nitin Bathla (ETH Zurich).
  4. Reparative Urban Knowledges: Weaving North-South thinking-sensing-making repertoires. Catalina Ortiz (University College London) & Natalia Villamizar (Newcastle University).
  5. Resilient Futures: Navigating Disasters, Empowering Women, and Shaping Sustainable Settlements. Melis Oğuz Çevik (Istanbul Beykent University).
  6. Housing and inhabitation: situated geographies of intersectional struggles. Michele Lancione (University of Sheffield), Ana Vilenica (Politecnico di Torino), Margherita Grazioli (Grand Sasso Science Institute, Italy).
  7. Radical Pedagogies for territorial contestations. Camillo Boano (University College London), Martin Arias-Loyola (Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile), Francisco Vergara-Perucich (Universidad de Las Américas, Chile).
  8. Reframing urban Indigenous realities: Challenges and agencies in cities. Andrew Canessa (University of Essex), Dana Brablec (University of Amsterdam).
  9. South-South collaborations and dialogues: variegated epistemologies, knowledges, and experiences for postcolonial urban studies. Javier Ruiz-Tagle (Universidad Católica de Chile), Mona Harb (American University of Beirut, Lebanon), Mercy Brown-Luthango (University of Cape Town), Divya Ravindranath (Indian Institute of Human Settlements).
  10. Whiteness and cities. Karim Murji (University of West London), Macarena Bonhomme (Universidad Autónoma de Chile).
  11. Street level bureaucrats, Discretion and Citizen-State Relations: The Bureaucratic Encounter. Alberta Andreotti (University of Milan), Talja Blokland (Humboldt University).
  12. Advancing Collective Agency and Governance in Marginalized Communities: lessons for deepening equity and inclusion. Alicia Fortuin (University of Cape Town), Tinashe Kanosvamhira (University of Cape Town).
  13. Space and Political Participation in Popular Sectors: Perspectives and Challenges. Nicolás Angelcos (Universidad de Chile), Sebastián Mauro (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Valentina Abuhele (Universidad de Chile).
  14. The Local State and Urban Social Movements: What’s to be Done in Times of Crisis. Walter Nicholls (University of California, Irvine), Ian Baran (University of California, Irvine).

The Conference has more than 70 options of pannels, for more information please visit:Abstract proposals | RC21 Conference 2024 (

The deadline for abstract submission is December 31st, 2023. On January 31st, 2024, decisions will be informed.