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CFP: UCLA's Critical Planning Journal - Vol. 24, Spaces of Struggle

Urban regions are catalysts of change. They foster pragmatic politics that
enables more progressive governance. ?Progress,? however, has to contend
with histories and structures that grew from exclusionary logic, uneven
development, and the systematic exploitation of labor. Progress does not
happen on its own; it emerges from the continued efforts of activists,
engaged citizens, intellectuals, and professionals that strive for a more
just city. It requires developing common platforms to facilitate the
conflicts that inevitably come with differences. Spaces of Struggle is
about creating spaces that harness differences and transforms them into
momentum for progressive change.

This special issues amplifies the discussions that grew out of ?The Space
of Struggle: A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning
<https://radicalplanning.wordpress.com/2016-cfp/>,? a pre-conference to the
annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference in
November 2016 (Portland, OR), organized by urban planning graduate students
from around the US. We believe radical planning plays a crucial role in
creating spaces of struggle but equally solicit submissions from outside
urban planning to open up pathways beyond exclusionary developments.

The developments taking place since the inauguration of Donald Trump?s
administration in the US require rapid and assertive intellectual
engagement. The rise of Trump illustrates a unique moment when
exclusionary, anti-labor politicians give the neoliberal system a ?face?
that can serve to unify activists, policy actors, and intellectuals behind
concrete goals. This is a global issue and we strongly encourage
submissions that engage with the international context of the overlap
between far-right politics and neoliberalism. CPJ is particularly
interested in papers that address the following themes:

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  Historical systems and practices reproducing/spatializing inequality,
  injustice
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  Gentrification, displacement, evictions, exclusion, housing, redlining,
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  Labor, precariat, bodies, biopower, reproduction, informality
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  Domination, depoliticization, neoliberalism, financialization, austerity
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  Social movements, insurgency, collaboration/alliances across
  communities, activists, professionals and academics
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  Radical planning, community action research, policy, law, the state
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  Anarchist, socialist, feminist and queer planning
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  Sanctuary cities, commons, occupy, dissensus, democracy, agonistic
  pluralism
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  Race, Black Lives Matters, color-blindness, white supremacy
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  Environmental justice, political ecology, natures


*PLEASE SEND SUBMISSIONS TO* *CRITPLAN@UCLA.EDU* <critplan@ucla.edu>* BY
APRIL 30, 2017.*


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