This panel looks at urbanism focusing on contemporary dynamics and through historical lenses, as current contestation is often rooted in past struggles. We take the concept of insurgent citizenship as a frame to understand how new forms of urbanism interact with rights-based claims in urban spaces.
This panel looks at new forms of urbanism with a focus on contemporary dynamics as well as through a historical lens, as present-day contestation of political space is often rooted in past struggles. We take the concept of insurgent citizenship (Isin and Nielsen, 2008) as a lose framing in order to understand how new forms of urbanism interact with rights-based claims in urban spaces. Citizenship here is defined not as legal status but evolving from concrete practices that disrupt social-historical patterns and allow subjects to constitute themselves as citizens - or prevent them from doing so. This focus on insurgent citizenship allows us to analyse contestation of urban spaces in relation to actual encounters, performances and enactments. In a further step, it helps understand how people negotiated the political terrain of cities in the past, and what empirical and theoretical claims can be made about the present politics of urbanisation. The panel will include for example papers on these dynamics in the context of a modernist-developmental state (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by Ezana Weldeghebrael); and in relation to citizenship claims by new African refugee populations in Tel Aviv (Tanja Müller). The panel seeks further papers on the following themes: • Migration to and from cities and its impact on political citizenship • Social change in urban spaces • Colonial and postcolonial claims of urban citizenship • Impacts of conflict and crisis on urban political citizenship • Urban revolutions