8 de abril de 2015

Transnationalism from Above and Below: The Dynamics of Place-making inthe Global City

45th Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association
April 8-11, 2015

Miami, Florida

Cities have become the central nodes in global networks of exchange—of information, capital, goods, and relationships. While cities in this context are places of promise, innovation, and mobility, they are also the sites of significant challenges. The persistence of poverty and inequality, crime and violence, social exclusion and discrimination, and environmental degradation in cities, reveals the parallel reality of urban distress confronting policymakers, planners, and social actors at all levels. This year’s conference theme focuses on place-making in the “global city,” with particular attention given to the actors, processes, strategies, and contingencies that shape urban settings and urban life. Thus, the conference theme will explore actions and processes from above (e.g. transnational capital and political institutions), as well as below (e.g. the work of civil society organizations, and the everyday actions of ordinary people).

Miami provides an apt setting for this exploration. Long established as a link between the United States and Latin America and a stronghold of Cuban American culture and political power, Miami remains a regional destination for immigration. The city has become a destination hub for residents from South America and the Caribbean. In addition, Miami remains home to substantial Anglo and African American populations. It has also moved from its prominent role as a trading hub for transactions with Latin America to a substantial site of international banking, finance, information technology, and other high-end service industries. Moreover, as a coastal city in an era of climate change and increasingly high-profile natural disasters, Miami represents a city poised for change through global environmental processes. Against this backdrop, the conference will examine how cities are adapting to meet global economic and environmental imperatives, who is engaged in leading these changes, and what opportunities and challenges these leaders face in mediating local outcomes.

Topical Categories
 Arts, Culture in Urban Contexts
 Disaster Planning/Disaster Management for Urban Areas, Cities and National Security
 Economic Development, Redevelopment, Tourism, Urban Economics, Urban Finance
 Education, Schools, Higher Education Institutions
 Environmental Issues, Sustainability, Urban Health, Technology and Society
 Globalization, Multi-national Urban Issues
 Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, Regionalism, Urban Management
 Historic Preservation, Space and Place
 Historical Perspectives on Cities, Urban Areas
 Housing, Neighborhoods, Community Development
 Human Services and Urban Populations, Nonprofit/Voluntary Sector in Urban Contexts
 Immigration, Population and Demographic Trends
 Infrastructure, Capital Projects, Networks, Transport, Urban Services
 Labor, Employment, Wages, Training
Land Use, Growth Management, Urban Development, Urban Planning
 Poverty, Welfare, Income Inequality
 Professional Development, The Field of Urban Affairs
 Public Safety in Urban Areas, Criminal Justice, Household Violence
 Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Diversity
 Social Capital, Democracy and Civil Society, Social Theory, Religion and the City
 Urban Communication (Urban Media Roles, Urban Journalism, Social Media/Technology in Urban Life)
 Urban Design, Urban Architecture
 Urban Indicators, Data/Methods, Satisfaction/Quality of Life Surveys
 Urban Politics, Elections, Citizen Participation
 Urban Theory, Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Urban Affairs

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