RGS-IBG Annual Conference Reports (2018)

RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2018, Tuesday 28 to Friday 31 August 2018, Cardiff University, Wales

The following reports are of PERG sponsored and co-sponsored sessions from the 2018 annual conference:

“Beyond a Standardised Urban Lexicon: Which Vocabulary Matters?”

Two panels were convened at the 2018 RGS on re-imagining new geographies that are better representative and inclusive of local urbanisms in cities of the Global South. Under the overarching title “Beyond a Standardised Urban Lexicon: Which Vocabulary Matters”, the panels aimed to question mainstream discourses in urban studies, and put forward new conceptualisations from Southern cities on housing, gentrification, aesthetics, infrastructure, among others. Our call for papers received over 15 submissions, and we settled on a selection of 10 papers that would represent different regions, urban policies, and grassroots experiences. Eight papers were presented that tackled a diversity of topics such as evictions in Istanbul, worker housing in Mumbai and Dhaka, water access in Cairo, the meaning of public art in cities of East Europe, the ‘favelaisation’ of Rio, aesthetics and transport policy in Delhi, localising gentrification in South Asia, and questioning the postcolonial city.

The panels were very well attended and several members of the audience expressed their interest in further collaborations on the topic. Chaired by two top scholars- Dr. Aseem Inam, Cardiff University and Dr. Charlotte Lemanski, University of Cambridge, the sessions provoked in-depth questions from the audience and created networking opportunities for post-graduate students with academics in the field. The support of research groups- Planning and Environment Research Group (PERG), Postgraduate Forum, Urban Geography Research Group (UGRG), and the Developing Areas Research Group (DARG) were especially important in the promotion of the panels and relieving the financial burden for students to attend the RGS.