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My city is a battleground: Intersectionality and Urban Violence
4th International Conference of the Collaborative Research Center “Re-Figuration of Spaces”, October 20-21, 2022
The Collaborative Research Center “Re-Figuration of Spaces” has a particular interest in how spatial and social conflicts interplay and how these conflicts connect with the intersectional tensions that accompany processes of urban spatial refiguration. Taking its inspiration from decades of research on social inequality, class struggles, migration, violence as well as intersectional feminist work, the CRC’s fourth international conference “My City is a Battleground: Intersectionality and Urban Violence” intends to contribute to current debates by training a spotlight on the link between lived urban materialities and embodied social inequalities and their intersectionality. The conference will ask how conflicts manifest intersectionally in and through urban space, when, how and why these conflicts turn violent, and what forms of violence they may take. By exploring how cities or urban spaces themselves can enact violence against bodies carrying overlapping marks of the social world, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of (urban) social conflicts, notions of spatial injustice as well as different forms of violence in the city, including those produced by capitalism and heteronormativity, or classed, gendered and racialized exclusion, to name but a few dimensions. With this discussion, we moreover intend to work towards building transnational and transdisciplinary alliances to address the multiple vulnerabilities produced by intersectional violence and inequality.
Confirmed keynote speakers include Heidi Mirza, Carla Shedd, Nikki Jones, Shilpa Phadke, Edlyne Anugwom, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Thomas Hoebel.