This panel investigates practices and strategies of sharing and the ways in which those practices shape new socio-material environments - urban ecologies.
The notion of 'sharing' points to a series of interwoven cultural, economic, political and infrastructural processes that are at the heart of how the modern city is being reshaped and reimagined as an inclusive space. Sharing practices are evident not only in relation to what is labeled as "sharing economies" in the policy or city planning discourse, but they can be observed across a wide range of sites and social contexts. As for instance sharing can mean interactions between individuals and groups involved in common urban spaces; it can relate to the distributions of urban commons, such as food, electricity or water; or it can be observed in relation to streams of information and knowledge circulating in the city through formal or informal networks. Sharing leads to inclusiveness, innovation and creativity, but also to conflicts, new forms of commodification, threats to labor rights, and to an increasingly complex infrastructuring of urbanity.
This panel approaches the practices and spheres of sharing not as separate domains, but as intersecting, and as resulting in new socio-material formations of "shared" urban life - urban ecologies. We invite to investigate such crossovers, including, for instance, the re-negotiations of city space between individual and local initiatives and official city planning and infrastructuring projects; dis-connections, that is, subversions of established flows of information and the establishing of alternative information channels through public protest; or re-memberings - changing concepts of belonging which are defined through sharing.