November 2021 Newsletter

Dear CUAA Community,

I hope that you all are well. There are several upcoming events that I recommend attending. This Monday, November 15th, we are hosting our annual business meeting, which is open to all members and interested parties.

CUAA will also be hosting two roundtable discussions at this year’s AAA Conferences. Additional details can be found below, as well as links to register for each of those events.  For our Business Meeting and AAA Conference Roundtables, please remember to register in advance.

As always, please continue to send me publications, events, news, and resources that you believe would be of interest to our community. The deadline for that information to be included in next month’s newsletter is December 8th.



Upcoming Events

CUAA Business Meeting

Please join us at the Critical Urban Anthropology Association (CUAA) Business meeting on Monday, November 15th, 3:30 EST/12:30 PST. All are welcome. Catch up on what’s new in CUAA and City & Society, and help us to celebrate the following winners of CUAA awards:

Robert Rotenberg and Deborah Pellow,2021 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Maurice Rafael Magaña, 2021 Anthony Leeds Prize for Cartographies of Youth Resistance: Hip-Hop, Punk, and Urban Autonomy in Mexico (University of California Press)

Julie Soleil Archambault and Sayd Randle, 2021 Prize for the Best Paper Published in City & Society.

·         Julie Soleil Archamault, “Urban Precarity and Aspirational Compromise: Feeling Otherwise in a Mozambican Suburb.” 33(2)

·         Sayd Randle, “Battling Over Bathwater: Greywater Technopolitics in Los Angeles” 33(3)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Questions? Contact:


AAA Conference – CUAA Roundtables

Roundtable: What is Critical About Critical Urban Anthropology?

When: Nov 18, 2021 7:15 AM-9:00 AM Pacific (10:15 AM – 12:00 PM EST)

Room: Key Ballroom 9 (AAA meetings in Baltimore)

Register in advance for this meeting:–tpzkjG9Ijqm1tkeqb-YlpxxSyP_pB

Description: This roundtable explores what a critical engagement with the city and a commitment to social justice and transformation through the intersection of ethnography and politically informed action offers for our future. Calls for a public ethnography, militant ethnography and protest anthropology reflect a growing interest in producing knowledge that is useful, benefits those we work with and addresses urban problems. We will be highlighting a new generation of scholars who are reformulating these concerns and will identify theories, methods, and ethnographies that will lead urban anthropology in new directions and encourage more engaged practice.

Participants: Suzanne Scheld, Susan Falls, Julian B. Brash, Setha M. Low, Rashmi Sadana, Roberto E. Barrios, John L. Jackson Jr., Matilde Cordoba Azcarate, Jeff Maskovsky

Roundtable: Truth Be Told: Insights from Applications of Anthropology to Urban Public Space Issues

When: November 17, 2021 1:30 PM-3:15 PM Pacific Time (4:30 PM – 6:15 PM Eastern Time)

Room: Room 336 (AAA meetings in Baltimore)

Register in advance for this meeting:

Description: This roundtable is intended to provide a timely opportunity to discuss urban anthropologists’ contributions to addressing issues concerning current public space use and access. It explores this topic at a moment when the field of urban anthropology is embracing a critical perspective and as the politics of public space are increasingly essential to unpacking fundamental aspects of contemporary urban life regarding issues of informality, extralegality, and gender and racial justice. We will also compare notes regarding the experiences and insights that session participants have gained through their applications of long-term ethnographic findings to public space issues. 

Participants: Claire Panetta, Nathan Romine, Jayne Howell, Colin McLaughlin-Alcock, Matilde Cordoba Azcarate, Helen A Regis, Britt Oates, Suzanne Scheld, Walter E. Little, Beth Baker, Setha M. Low


Recent Publications

Urban Inequalities

Edited by Italo Pardo and Giuliana B. Prato

Urban Inequalities explores the displacement of citizenship in urban spaces via the marginalization of existing communities. It covers range of geographies, from the USA, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and India, and presents ethnographically engaged contributions that expand dominant understandings of social inequality in the contemporary era. 

This collection brings together leading thinkers on human beings in urban spaces and inequalities therein. The contributors eschew conceptual confusion between equality—of opportunity, of access to resources, of the right to compete for whatever goal one chooses to pursue—and levelling. The discussions develop in the belief that old and emerging forms of inequality in urban settings need to be understood in depth, as does the machinery that, as masterfully elucidated by Hannah Arendt, operates behind oppression to sustain power and inequality. Anthropologists and fellow ethnographically committed social scientists examine socio-economic, cultural and political forms of urban inequality in different settings, helping to address comparatively these dynamics.  

Call for Submissions

Conference: Shaping the Future of Urban Research

Hosted by The Urban Affairs Association (UAA)

The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) invites proposal submissions for its upcoming conference, “Shaping the Future of Urban Research,” to be held April 12-14, 2022, in Washington, DC. 

UAA returns to Washington, D.C. to celebrate its 50th anniversary of annual meetings. The Opening Plenary of the 2022 conference will address the theme, “The State of Urban Affairs and the State of Urban Affairs Research.” This theme sets the stage for the overarching goals of the conference, which are: (1) to better understand our past, (2) to assess current realities, and (3) to create visions for the future that support a global urban research agenda.  The conference will provide opportunities to assess urban affairs as a field, and to develop ideas for enhancing its long-term prospects and impacts. 

UAA encourages proposals for paper, panel, colloquy, and roundtable sessions to stimulate thinking and re-thinking of urban affairs, and to widen intellectual and professional networks.  

UAA 2022 will feature approximately 200 interdisciplinary sessions, a variety of professional development and networking opportunities, book exhibits, and more. Over 1000 international researchers and doctoral students attend the conference each year. Complete details about UAA 2022, including the full call for participation, are available on the conference website.

Proposal submissions are due December 1, 2021. 

In addition to the conference theme, UAA encourages proposals that focus on an array of research topics including:

-Activist Scholarship

-Arts, Culture in Urban Contexts

-Disaster Planning/Management 

-Economic Development, Redevelopment, Tourism

-Education Policy in Urban Contexts, Educational Institutions & Urban Inequalities

-Environmental Issues, Sustainability

-Gender, Identity, Diversity

-Globalization, Multi-national Urban Issues

-Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, Regionalism, Urban Management

-Health and Urban Populations

-Historic Preservation, Space and Place

-Historical Perspectives on Cities, Urban Areas

-Housing, Neighborhoods, Community Development

-Human Services & Urban Populations, Nonprofit Sector in Urban Contexts

-Immigration, Population and Demographic Trends in Urban Areas

-Infrastructure, Capital Projects, Networks, Transport,

-Labor, Employment, Wages, Training

-Land Use, Growth Management, Urban Development, Urban Planning

-Poverty, Welfare, Income Inequality

-Professional Development, The Field of Urban Affairs

-Public Safety, Criminal Justice, Household Violence in Urban Contexts

-Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality in Urban and Metropolitan Contexts

-Social Capital, Democracy and Civil Society, Social Theory, Religion and the City

-Special Conference Topic:  Shaping the Future of Urban Research

-Special Track on Urban Entrepreneurship (Sponsored by Kauffman Foundation)

-Urban Communication (Urban Media Roles, Journalism, Social Media/Technology)

-Urban Design, Urban Architecture

-Urban Indicators, Data/Methods, Satisfaction/Quality of Life Surveys

-Urban Politics, Elections, Citizen Participation

-Urban Theory, Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Urban Affairs

-Urban Issues in Asia and the Pacific Rim

-Urban Issues in Central & South America and the Caribbean

Professional Development


by Giuliana B. Prato

Applications are now open for the Field Training School and Research Seminar on Urban Ethnography and Theory

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until 21 March 2022. 

Location: Montecatini Terme, Tuscany, Italy, on 18-26 July 2022.

This eight-day Summer programme is addressed to postgraduate and doctoral students, and to postdoctoral researchers, professionals and practitioners who are interested in ethnographic research and empirically-grounded analysis.

The School is organised and hosted by the International Urban Symposium-IUS in collaboration with an international group of senior scholars from European, Indian, Middle Eastern and US Universities, who will lead a series of teaching seminars, student research seminars and field trips. Teaching will be in English. Social events will also take place taking advantage of the centrality of the location within easy reach of Tuscany’s world-renowned iconic places.

The School will offer an interactive learning environment and opportunities to discuss the rationale and practices of traditional and new research methods and mainstream debates. Students will have the opportunity to present their own research and receive feedback from leading scholars; and to engage in team work and networking.

The Teaching Seminars will benefit from senior scholars’ wide range of ethnographic, methodological and theoretical expertise to address topical issues, including:

  • urban diversity, migration, informality; 
  • legitimacy and legitimation
  • governance, stereotype and stigma;
  • the role of sport mega-events, rituals;
  • crisis, emergency and conflict;
  • public space, vernacular landscape, heritage, identity.

The primary aim is to train students in the ‘art’ of conducting ethnographic fieldwork and develop the link between ethnographically based analysis and social theory. The in-class work will be supplemented by structured city walks and focused observational field trips, followed by students’ reports. 

With a view to honing and developing junior scholars’ skills as future professionals, the School will culminate in a full-day Research Seminar that will give students who are engaged in research the opportunity to present their work, engage in academic debate and benefit from expert feedback from the teaching staff. It is anticipated that expanded and revised versions of select Seminar papers will be published in outlets associated with theUS, including the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Urbanities-Journal of Urban Ethnography.