Session 03

03. Political Ecology of the ‘Urban’: Historical and Situated Perspectives

Session Informations:

Sub-session 03.1. Methodological Pluralism ‘with’ and ‘for’ Urban Political Ecology

Day: Friday, Sep 9th
Time: 09:15 – 10:45 (BRT)
Duration: 90 min

Sub-session 03.2. Case-based Explorations from the Global South

Day: Saturday, Sep 10th
Time: 12:45 – 14:15 (BRT)
Duration: 90 min

Session Abstract:

Within the transformative-provocative context of the ‘Urbanocene’, the nature, patterns and implications of the shifting geographies of urbanization in the global South are being discerned with the application of sophisticated spatial approaches and tools including remote sensing, (participatory) GIS, etc. However, system-based urban ecological paradigm and land-use/land-change science are inadequate approaches to address ‘metabolism’ i.e., the circulatory dynamics between capital and nature. We believe that political ecology, by simultaneously shedding light on the ‘urbanization of nature’ and the ‘nature of urbanization’ across intersecting social variables such as class, caste, gender, ethnicity and religion can unravel structural (in)equity and social (in)justice operating on the dynamic spatio-temporal plane. (Figure). Political ecology offers multi-scalar, multi-layered and multi-pronged analyses of the ‘urban’ – beyond reified emphasis on the city as a ‘spatial container’, and as a ‘network matrix’ encompassing (non)spatial interconnectedness along shifting temporal trajectories. Through knee-deep investigations of long-term systemic conditions and resource allocation-accumulation processes of the past, temporality unfurls (re)making of urban ecologies involving multiple mediating actors, i.e., how coupled socio-ecological configurations of cityscapes are crafted during different historical and political epochs. With political ecology as the analytic, this session aims to craft conversations among different tenets of urban political ecological research such as: historical urban political ecology, situated urban political ecology, embodied urban political ecology, etc., facilitating an enriched epistemethodological exercise to address, interrogate and inform discourses on urban sustainability. With its ever-expanding ambit through the incorporation of plural methodologies and axiological commitment towards an ‘engaged praxis’, this session, by leveraging on historical and situated perspectives, will suggest pathways of trans-sectoral engagement, fostering exchanges among academia, practitioners and activists.

Paper presentations:

Sub-session 03.1. Methodological Pluralism ‘with’ and ‘for’ Urban Political Ecology

Moderator: Natasha Cornea

  • Urban Political Ecology: Recent Trends and Future Trajectories
    • Authors: Jenia Mukherjee, Natasha Cornea
  • Monsoon as Method
    • Author: Lindsay Bremner
  • Urban Political Ecology and the (Re)production of Disaster Risks: A Reflection from the Global South
    • Authors: Ricardo Sebastián Fuentealba Fuentes, Belen Marie Desmaison Estrada
  • Crazy Project’: Methodological Conundrums of the Political Ecology of Contemporary Urbanization in Istanbul
    • Authors: Mehmet Baris Kuymulu

Sub-session 03.2. Case-based Explorations from the Global South

Moderator: Jenia Mukherjee

  • Narratives on Adi Ganga: Situated Resilience on a Riverine Urbanscapes
    • Author: Shreyashi Bhattacharya
  • Fragments of Water in a Small Himalayan Town
    • Authors: Subhadeep Mondal, Swasti Vardhan Mishra, Sk. Mafizul Haque
  • Understanding Local Sustainability Through Practices and Politics of Water Provisioning – The Case of Baruipur Town, West Bengal, India
    • Author: Suchismita Chatterjee
  • Drought: An Insurable Project Risk Analysis for Bloemfontein, South Africa
    • Authors: Bernard Moeketsi Hlalele, Keneuoe Alice Maphosa