Call for contributions: Speculative Urban Futures

Cities are inextricably linked both to hopeful imaginings of the future and to being places of profound inequality. With the COVID-19 crisis, cities have again become places of contagion, risk, and deep uncertainty about the viability of the urban form. The need to speculate and probe possible urban futures is therefore more urgent than ever.

Cities are inextricably linked both to hopeful imaginings of the future and to being places of profound inequality. With the COVID-19 crisis, cities have again become places of contagion, risk, and deep uncertainty about the viability of the urban form. The need to speculate and probe possible urban futures is therefore more urgent than ever.

Fuji Television in Odaiba, Tokyo. Photo by Natalie Maguire/Flickr.

GRIP invites contributions to our new miniseries related to the project Speculative Urban Futures. The miniseries is open to all speculations about potential urban futures. Speculation in this regard refers to a cross-disciplinary open-ended discussion bringing forth experiences, practices and perspectives that are often marginalized in hegemonic discourses on urban futures. The project is particularly concerned with looking into unequal experiences of time, relations between human and non-human worlds and the emergence of new forms of urban agency in relation to migration.

We welcome contributions in written format (2000-4000 words), as well as interviews, videos and contributions to our upcoming podcast, Unequal Worlds. We have also previously published miniseries on various topics, which can be of inspiration for contributors. Please see Inequality in the (Post-) Pandemic City and the GRIP Covid-19 Miniseries.

The Speculative Urban Futures miniseries will be published continuously throughout 2021-2022.

If you are interested in contributing or have any questions about the call, please contact GRIP at gripinequality@uib.no, with the subject line Speculative Urban Futures.