[URBANTH-L]CFP: Engendering Urban Public Space (Mumbai, India)

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Fri Feb 24 12:43:44 EST 2006

From: PUKAR <pukar at pukar.org.in>

Call for Papers: Roundtable Discussion
Engendering Urban Public Space
The Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research (PUKAR) Gender and 
Space project has been researching the relationship between women and 
public space for the last two and a half years.  We are currently at the 
writing stage of our research and would like to share our observations 
and analysis as well as receive inputs from the experiences of others 
who have been working on similar lines.  To that end, we invite 
researchers,  activists, advocates, journalists, architects, pedagogues 
and others working in the area of gender in relation to urban public 
space to a roundtable discussion of questions of engendering safety, 
infrastructure and citizenship.  

We refer to public space as a part of the public sphere.  Public spaces 
for the purposes of this roundtable refers to streets, market places 
(across class contexts - that is including bazaars and malls); 
recreational spaces such as parks, theatres, restaurants, coffee shops; 
infrastructure such as subways, foot-over-bridges and public toilets; 
and modes of public transport including railway stations and bus stops.

What we are looking for are presentations of research papers / studies / 
explorations that have engaged with questions of gender in relation to 
space, particularly urban public space.  Each presentation is intended 
to be not longer than 15 minutes to leave more time for discussion.  
Presenters will receive an honorarium but the costs of travel and 
boarding will have to be covered by participants themselves.

Please mail queries and abstracts of presentations to 
genderspace at pukar.org.in by March 10th, 2006.

Date:          12 April 2006
Location:     Mumbai, India

Potential areas of focus could include:
  a.. Shrinking Public Spaces
  b.. Safety
  c.. Questions of Morality and Culture-policing
  d.. Sexuality and the City
  e.. Woman-friendly design
  f.. Legal concerns
  g.. Policy related matters
  h.. Infrastructure

For more information on the PUKAR Gender and Space project please see: 

PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research)

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