171108 Everyday life and politics in an enclaved urbanism: the case of Karachi

8 Novembre, 2017 - 17:00 - 19:00


Seminar Cities are back in town "Everyday life and politics in an enclaved urbanism: the case of Karachi"

Wednesday 8 November 2017, 5 - 7 pm, Sciences Po, Salle du Conseil, 13 rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris


The speed and intensity with which present day cities are becoming socio-spatially segregated and de‑linking from the public sphere is alarming. Graham and Marvin famously describe the splintering city as an ‘archipelago of enclaves’ that is wrought with stark socio-material inequalities (Graham, S., & Marvin, S., Splintering urbanism: networked infrastructures, technological mobilities and the urban condition, Routledge, 2001). The resulting city is an ‘enclaved urbanism’- an agglomeration of privately governed and spatially distinct districts that operate through a logic of distinction between inside and outside (Murray, M. J., The Urbanism of Exception: The Dynamics of Global City Building in the Twenty-First Century, Cambridge University Press, 2017). In today’s presentation, we will study this concept of ‘enclaved urbanism’, and processes of enclavisation in more depth.Through the case study of Karachi, an insecure and conflicted Pakistani megacity, we will study how socio-political relations and everyday life is played out in enclaved urbanisms. We will also consider how processes of enclavisation re-produce urban violence and conflict in cities such as Karachi that are already characterized by heightened insecurity and urban difference.


Sobia Ahmad Kaker is an interdisciplinary urban studies scholar who works on urbanisation, securitisation and socio-political life in global south cities.
She is currently affiliated with Goldsmiths University, where she is a lecturer in Urban Sociology. Prior to this, Sobia Ahmad Kaker was working as a researcher at LSE Cities and the Centre for Civil Society and Human Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also has extensive research experience in leading Pakistani research and policy institutions.

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