Session 23

23. Urban Planning and Design Contribution to Understanding the Socio-Spatial Dynamic of Place and Memory

Memory, as something remembered from the past, is a significant theme in contemporary life, a key to our personal, social, and cultural identity. Although memory is often remembered individually, the literature, inspired by Maurice Halbwachs, often approach memory as a social and collective construct; we remember the past through the social frames we belong. Moreover, memory interrelates with place. According to Pierre Nora, places of memory or lieux de mémoire refer to those places where “memory crystallizes and secretes itself.” Either we remember the past through the world of things and shape our environment inspired by our memories. Moreover, memorials and monuments narrate history in a selective and controlled way. Memorials often reflect the world views of the class in power with access to social capital and other resources necessary for the intentional representation of its values. Then, what gradually fades away and is forgotten or recorded and reminded are all controlled matters. Therefore, in addition to memoryʼs social and spatial nature, its political nature has been significantly discussed by the literature. From this view, each social category seeks to represent or embody its specific narrative of the past. In this context, the organizational and institutional approaches play a significant role in the symbolic embodiment of memory. One could trace the spatial representation of these social intricacies in urban landscape, where various discourses materialize. Disciplines like urban planning and design, through the decision making process and the documents they produce, have a significant role to embody the memories and legitimize specific values. This session, emphasizing the methodological contribution of urban planning and design, aims to spark new conversations across the field of memory and place studies. With this intention, the session mainly addresses a methodological problem. Papers are invited to contribute on general issues of socio-spatial research methodologies, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:

(a) Monuments, memorials, and urban landscape;

(b) Public space, power and the politics of memory;

(c) Trauma, memory, and spaces of the post-conflict society;

(d) Heterotopias and heterochronies;

(e) Toponymy and topoanalysis;

(f) Cartography and memory mapping;

(g) Decision making processes and framing the places of memory.