[URBANTH-L]CFP - SfAA Panel on Urban Development

Keri V Brondo (kbrondo) kbrondo at memphis.edu
Fri Sep 12 17:32:47 EDT 2008

Please share this CFP  with interested colleagues .

Shouting out, standing up: Community voices and urban community development

Organizers: Katherine Lambert-Pennington and Keri Vacanti Brondo

There is a well established literature on the significance of social networks to community building and development. Anthropologists working in transitioning urban communities often find themselves and their work immersed in the dynamics of power, competing voices, and the negotiations of community identity that come into play in redevelopment processes. Given that community voices are at the center of participatory action research, our session seeks to engage the questions: How do community voices become a mechanism of community building and how can they become a force in community change? Through a case study approach, papers in this session will explore roles of community voice in community heritage, neighborhood organizing, community revitalization, and youth initiatives.

Guiding Questions

•             Whose voices? What happens when new, typically unheard voices enter into community building and neighborhood planning and development processes?

•             To what extent is there a connection between voice and action (agency) – does having a voice lead to community engagement and activism?

•             How, methodologically, do we capture community voice or engage community members to speak for themselves?

If you are interested in participating, please contact almbrtpn at memphis.edu<mailto:almbrtpn at memphis.edu> by September 19.  Abstracts will be due October 1.

SfAA 2009, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 17-21.
Conference theme; “Global Challenge, Local Action: Ethical Engagement, Partnerships, and Practice.”   More information can be found at: http://www.sfaa.net/sfaa2009.html.

Keri Vacanti Brondo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Memphis
304 Manning Hall
Memphis, TN 38152

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