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Tools for Engaging with Socio-spatial Relations: Rethinking Epistemological Boundaries of Urban Planning

Join the Department of Urban Studies and Planning for their next USP Colloquium Series. It will take place, virtually, on Wednesday, March 3, 12-1:30pm PST. Feel free to bring your lunch and eat while the panel handles the content. RSVP TODAY to be sent the zoom link to this event!

In this panel, we will discuss a nonbinding congress resolution that outlines a proposal to deal with climate change. The Green New Deal works in two directions: first, it attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and wean fossil fuels in the USA; second, it is directed towards overcoming inequality in order to advance socio-economic and environmental justice. Through this double approach, the Green New Deal attempts to reconstitute the epistemic fault lines that separate a number of disciplines, from climate science to social policy, drawing attention to the central question of the politics of knowledge in these interconnected crises. This panel discusses knowledge production and epistemological boundaries in urban planning in historical and contemporary terms. Particularly, it inquires how planning knowledge production contends with inclusive and complex epistemologies that consider people and the environment, humans and non-humans, culture, technology and infrastructure, as imbricated rather than discrete phenomena. Speakers include:

Cathy Gere (Professor, Department of History, UC San Diego) will discuss the urban and indigenous commons in relation to climate change and the environment.

Ayala Levin (Associate Professor, Architecture and Urban Design, UC Los Angeles) will discuss the history of planning epistemologies and postcolonialism in the early 1960s.

Mor Shilon (Visiting Scholar, Urban Studies and Planning, UC San Diego) will discuss the potential of affect-based studies for contemporary urban planning research and practice.

Akshita Sivakumar (PhD candidate, Department of Communication, UC San Diego) will discuss the urban political ecology of aerosols and its relationship to urban planning and her emerging project — an urban political ecology of aerosols.