Special Track on Race, Ethnicity, and Place

49th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association
Los Angeles, California | April 24-27, 2019 | Luskin Conference Center

Deadline for Abstract/Proposal Submission:
October 1, 2018 11:59pm (CDT) Or 4:59am (GMT)
(Late submissions are not accepted)


Track Committee: Michael Leo Owens, Chair (Emory University); Yasminah Beebeejaun (University College London); Anna Livia Brand (University of California, Berkeley); Kitty Kelly Epstein (Holy Names University); Arturo Flores (National Autonomous University of Mexico/Anahuac University); Roger Keil (York University); Ali Modarres (University of Washington-Tacoma); Jocelyn Taliaferro (North Carolina State University)

Purpose of this Track

The social construction of race and ethnicity has become a driver of urban form and processes, whether seen in segregation and inequality, or in concentrations of innovation, racial privilege, political power and cultural capital. Unequal access to ‘modern’ amenities, such as education, health, and housing, has been used to spatialize differences and endemically marginalize racialized populations. Adding to the complexity are the intersections of race and ethnicity with class and gender that further divide and marginalize on the basis of social identity.

At the same time, population diversity has given rise to new forms of creative activities, entrepreneurship, innovation, and political activism that are highly concentrated in urban centers. Strikingly, these newer forms have gained national and international legitimacy as they cut across the globe, fueled by global media and increasingly diverse social interactions. Cities in particular serve as stimuli for the development of new cultural (e.g. hip-hop as a global urban phenomenon) and political (e.g. Black Lives Matter) movements.  Researchers are just beginning to link the urban environment to the evolution of new cultural and political forms.  But many key questions remain unexplored such as:

  • How have newer cultural forms impacted the socio-economic dynamics of urban communities?
  • What are the major threats to the positive dynamics and possibilities of diverse urban centers and how might we track efforts to counter these threats?
  • Do newer political forms of activism have a basis in long-standing urban organizing?
  • As urbanization continues, how will racial and ethnic diversity change the cultural and political landscapes?

To address these questions, we need to explicitly contextualize research on race and ethnicity within urban spaces. This conference track is to dedicated to this exploration and the impact of these processes on urban and metropolitan areas.

Abstract/Proposal Submission

The conference track welcomes proposals for individual papers, as well as pre-organized panels (of formal papers), and pre-organized colloquy sessions (formal discussions without formal papers). All proposals for this track must be submitted using the UAA online abstract/proposal system by October. During the online submission process, you must select the Special Track on Race, Ethnicity, and Place as your topical category, in order to be considered for this track.

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