CUS Workshop: Digital Technologies and Urban Politics
This workshop questions what are the political implications of the growing use of digital technologies for the way in which cities are governed and citizens engaged.
Urban infrastructures – from electricity and water to security and tourism infrastructures – increasingly rely on digital technology. Security cameras, digital meters, smartphone apps, and participatory online maps: these devices and technologies mediate how city dwellers relate to urban governance actors, how they become part of various urban communities, and how city governments and corporate actors experiment with new ways of grappling with urban issues. These technological shifts are often framed as neutral, apolitical fixes, highlighting the need for a critical scholarly engagement with the new ‘digital urbanism’. Therefore, this workshop questions: What are the political implications of the growing use of digital technologies for the way in which cities are governed and citizens engaged? What forms of political subjectivities and modes of governance emerge when urban relations are increasingly mediated through digital technologies?
Bringing together urban scholars
Within the Centre for Urban Studies, colleagues in different program groups have been engaged in ongoing research on the social and political implications of these technological shifts in urban life. The ‘digital turn’ within CUS is evident in research on topics that range from participatory planning and governance and the role of social media in urban place-making, to shifts in urban economies, the digitization of urban knowledge production, and infrastructure utilities.
The objective of this workshop is to open an experimental and horizontal space of exchange between CUS members and non-CUS researchers around the conceptual and methodological challenges of exploring the linkages between digital technologies and urban politics.
This workshop is organised Francesca Pilo', in collaboration with the Centre for Urban Studies. It is funded by a CUS Seed Grant.
The workshop is invite-only. In case you are interested please contact Francesca Pilo'.