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Accepted Paper:

Public space in the government of the commons. Prototypes of citizenship and the experimental city, the case of Barcelona.  
Ivan Ramírez-Osorio (Universitat de Barcelona) Roger Sansi Roca (Universitat de Barcelona)

Paper short abstract:

This communication presents the relationship between two key concepts to understand city dynamics: infrastructure and citizenship. The communication addresses the technical nature of the citizenships and the importance of studying its relation with the "material" world of infrastructures.

Paper long abstract:

This presentation will discuss the policies of the Commons, a new political party that has come to lead the city of Barcelona in the last decade, in particular in relation to issues of urban mobility. The commons proposed solidarity government practices in response to neoliberalism. However, the political positions of the Commons did not necessarily represent a change in the forms of production, distribution, and planning. Some perspectives even point out that the rise of the Commons only represented a moral cleansing of the old forms of government and that it is from these moral discourses, that of good socially aware citizenship, that new technologies of government and processes of subjectivation have been established. This communication seeks to put these new technologies of government and the technical construction of citizenship into perspective. From the study of the implementation, planning and development of two urban mobility infrastructures, the Rec Comtal project, and the superblocks (Superilles in Catalan). We will suggest that the alteration in the forms of circulation, in its rhythms and speeds, requires a special form of habitability and, in turn, this requires the construction of a series of publics and users. The communication addresses the notion of publics to ask, what are the publics that inhabit the public spaces implemented by the Commons? And who are the good public that, following the spirit of the Commons, have the right to participate in the city dynamics and claim their right to it?

Panel P005a
Infrastructuring Solidarity and the Commons: Prefigurative socio-technical articulations of a post-capitalist world I
  Session 1 Wednesday 27 July, 2022, -