Application Invited for International Seminar Series -II to the ‘Southern Tilt’ in the Urban

ORG- National Law School of India University (NLSIU)
Closing Date- 1st December, 2019

National Law School of India University (NLSIU) i National Law School of I s an institution of legal education focusing on undergraduate and graduate legal and policy education in India. They were the first National Law University to be established in India as well as one of the first in the country to offer the five-year integrated undergraduate law degree.

1-Planning for and governing city-regions: City-regions in the global South are rapidly emerging geographies. In 2014, there were 28 mega-cities worldwide of which sixteen are in Asia, four in Latin America, three each in Africa and Europe, and two in Northern America. Yet, conventional planning is limited to the city as against the emerging city-region. The city-regions, in effect, are “missing planning hierarchies” (Mohan, 2019, forthcoming). This track invites papers that focus on identifying and establishing city-region and plan for these by foregrounding the symbiotic relationship between the city and its region.
2-Informality, demand for access to services and housing: Planning theory is undergoing a transition with a focus on informality and associated rights, although the recognition of rights in informal contexts is hugely different (Davy and Pellissery 2013). These are often neglected in planning processes and the ensuing plans. This track invites papers that aim to address and incorporate informality and associated rights in planning approaches.
3-Resilience, planning and governance: While evolving planning methodologies for cities of the South, an added complexity is that of enhancing resilience. This track invites papers that marry the objectives of resilience and context-specificity in planning and governing the Southern cities.
4-Statutory frameworks and Planning laws: Planning cannot be separated from the question of property and legal frameworks that govern the land (Davy 2012; Pellissery, Davy and Jacobs 2017). Planning laws in the global South are reflective/ continuation of the colonial times. While this is found to be stifling for the challenges of the global South, a range of statutory innovations are unfolding in response. This track invites papers on these innovations and their ability to shape the planning process.

How to apply
Full papers or extended abstracts (500 – 750 words) indicating the title of the paper, the key argument and the nature of empirical evidence may be sent to by December 1st 2019.


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