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“Otherwise: Wisdom from the Margins about Place Attachment”

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Join us to hear Lynne Manzo and Laís Pinto De Carvalho discussing and advocating for a more inclusive approach in exploring place attachment

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While some recent scholarship has recognized the conceptual complexity of place attachments, there is still a tendency to privilege rootedness and positive affect in a way that (1) limits consideration of the dynamism and adaptive capacities of attachment, and (2) suggests attachments are antithetical to place change. In this webinar, the presenters argue that, in a context of increased socio-spatial precarity and change, place attachment is at risk of being misunderstood and misused. In more extreme cases, it may be weaponized against vulnerable people. (e.g., NIMBYism, nationalism, displacement). To address these concerns, the speakers will first present case studies of place attachments and disruption among marginalized communities in the US and Chile. They will then engage in discussion with each other about the ways their work challenges the conceptual status quo and justifies a need for a shift in the ways we understand and study place attachment. In doing so, they will underscore the need to look at place attachment through a political lens, and to acknowledge differential socio-spatial precarities in an uneven landscape of power.

The sessions are organised as a series of mini keynote conversations, followed by a Q&A. Register for the webinar and zoom details will be sent to you on the day of the event.

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