Citizenship, Migration, and Urban Space 

Co-sponsored by UChicago Arts and the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation 

Thursday-Friday, November 1-2, 2018

On November 1-2, 2018, UChicago Arts and the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation present Citizenship, Migration, and Urban Space, a two-day symposium focused on the form and function of citizenship, and what it means to migrate to, between, and within cities.

This event brings together scholars, designers, and artists who work in the urban field—in an era of intensifying urbanization across the globe—to respond to a range of questions:  

  • How has—and how does—spatial practice become social practice within the urban environment?
  • How have cities facilitated or impeded the correspondence of civil, political, and social rights? 
  • How does the material transformation of urban space enable or disable social transformation?

Continuing a conversation that began at Dimensions of Citizenship, the U.S. Pavilion for the 2018 Biennale Architettura in Venice (co-commissioned by the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute), Citizenship, Migration, and Urban Space focuses on civitas from an international perspective and as a scene of perpetual movement.


Thursday, November 1

Keynote: "Unwalling Citizenship" by Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman
5:30-7:00 pm
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St

In our increasingly walled world, and amidst the surge of anti-immigrant sentiment everywhere, can the idea of citizenship be recuperated for more emancipatory and inclusive political and social agendas? Cruz and Forman will discuss their work on "citizenship culture" at the US-Mexico border, and their inspirations for MEXUS, exhibited in the U.S. Pavilion for the 2018 Biennale Architettura in Venice. Reception to follow.
      Moderator – Niall Atkinson, University of Chicago
      Respondent – Ann Lui, The School of the Art Institute

Friday, November 2

Opening Keynote: "Social Infrastructure and Civic Life" 
9:00-10:15 am
Eric Klinenberg | Professor, Sociology, New York University

Panel 1: Urban Design and Social Capital 
10:30 am – 12:15 pm

Angela S. García | Professor, SSA, University of Chicago
Doug Pancoast | Professor, AIADO, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Mary W. Rowe | Senior Fellow, Evergreen Future Cities
Moderated by Kate Cagney | Professor, Sociology, University of Chicago

12:15 - 1:30 pm

Panel 2: Re-Assemblage / Re-Assembly
1:30 – 3:15 pm

Anni Beukes | Resident Fellow, Mansueto Institute, University of Chicago
Brodwyn Fischer | Professor, History and Latin American Studies, University of Chicago
Dieter Roelstraete | Curator, Neubauer Collegium, University of Chicago
Lauren Berlant | Professor, English, University of Chicago
Moderated by Bill Brown | Professor, English, University of Chicago

Panel 3: Race and Urbanity from the Global South
3:30 – 5:15 pm

Daniel Aldana Cohen | Professor, Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
Mpho Matsipa | Researcher, Wits City Institute, University of the Witwatersrand
Kaneesha Parsard | Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow, English, University of Chicago
Moderated by Adom Getachew | Professor, Political Science, University of Chicago

Closing Roundtable: Cities Beyond Citizenship
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Moderated by Luis Bettencourt | Pritzker Director, Mansueto Institute, University of Chicago

Closing reception
6:30 – 7:15 pm

Friday’s events will be hosted at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.