Call for papers

7th Nordic Geographers Meeting, Stockholm University, June 18th – 21st 2017

Session: ‘Artist strategies and methods of resistance in the regenerated city’

Dr Pat Naldi (Art Programme, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London)

Session theme:
Urbanism as process and product is the source and profit of capital production. Hence the city, its urban fabric and socio-spatial structure manifest and correlate with its economy. Artists and art have long been at the centre of the economic transformation of the city with a well-established relationship between the arts sector and the private (commercial) sector of urban regeneration and gentrification. This varies from the temporary inhabitation of post-industrial urban areas and buildings under disrepair, as studios, galleries, and sites for temporary art works, through to the flagship tenant status of educational, gallery and museum institutions, and the commissioning of public artworks within urban redevelopment and regeneration projects. Their presence builds a positive image of a cultural ‘creative hub’ that both attracts a different social set and adds value to the area. This added cultural and commercial capital value asset for the developers render art and artists as complicit agents in social and economic injustices and inequalities effected through regeneration and gentrification processes. Their actions valorise the decanting of low-income residents and independent businesses, and help to striate the socio-economic make up of urban areas from which they eventually also end up excluded.

This panel seeks to bring together researchers from across disciplines such as artists, geographers, curators, spatial and socio-economic theorists and practitioners to question and propose how might art, and artists contribute as agents for positive long-term socio-political change? One in which their actions and artworks do not give credence to developer and governmental neoliberal regeneration and gentrification strategies. Contributions are invited in the form of papers, presentations, and performances/readings that challenge the current status quo and propose alternate strategies, and methods of resistance and action for artists and art in the regenerated city.

Please submit paper abstracts by midnight (GMT) 15 December to:

Abstracts should have a maximum length of 250 words, in plain text, and be saved in Word format. Please adhere to the following format:
Name of the session
Title of the paper (lowercase letters)
Author’s name and e-mail
Author’s institutional affiliation
Body of the paper abstract
Paper authors will be notified by 15 January and accepted abstracts will be published on the conference webpage. Session conveners will organize their sessions and coordinate the submission of papers and/or presentations.

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Dr Pat Naldi
Tutor MA Photography
Central Saint Martins
University of the Arts London
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
London N1C 4AA