RWW seminar calendar

Welcome to the course calendar for the 2013 RWW seminar. Scroll down to find course topics, links to course readings (many available via the SFU library), and prompts for the Reading Response assignments. New content appears at the top; older content, including the links to archived materials from the 2012 seminar, is available below.

November 20: “The State of the City: Gender Mainstreaming and Intersectional Analysis”

  • Viswanath, Gender Inclusive Cities Programme. In Building Inclusive Cities, pp. 75-89 (Chp 5)
  • Lacey et al, From gender mainstreaming to intersectionality. In Building Inclusive Cities, pp. 143-161 (Chp 9)
  • City of Ottawa and CAWI (2008) Gender Equality Lens

Reading response question: Taken as a whole, the readings offer a picture of the various considerations that must be accounted for when working on gender/equity policies: the scales of governance; effectiveness of partnerships; the effects of funding frameworks; the internal logics that structure equity policies and their outcomes; and so on. When you consider these readings together, what works, and what are the limits to ‘success’? (You might also/instead ask what defines ‘success’ in equity policy development and implementation.)

November 13: “Stories of the City”

  • Biss (2009) “No Man’s Land” in Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, pp. 145-169 Minneapolis: Graywolf Press  (available here)
  • High (2009) Sharing authority: An introduction, Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’Études canadiennes, 43, pp. 12-34
  • Krieg and Roberts (2007) Photovoice, in Kesby, Kindon & Pain (eds.), Participatory Action Research Approaches and Methods, Routledge, pp. 150-159. Ebook available here.

Please choose one of the following to read. Be prepared to report on your selection:

Reading response question: Biss’ chapter illustrates the productive quality of the stories we tell about the cities we live in. Through these vignettes, Biss demonstrates the practices by which dominant discourses about place are reproduced. How, then, can we read Biss alongside stories (and methods to collect stories) that challenge the dominant discourse? What do these texts have to say to one another?

October 30: “Connecting Citizenship to Social Sustainability”

Reading response question: How do these readings (and the tensions depicted in the texts) help you to define and evaluate ‘social sustainability’?

October 16: “Engagements with Participatory Process”
  • Chapter 7 in Building Inclusive Cities
  • Jones & Evans (2012) Rescue geography: Place making, affect and regeneration. Urban Studies, 49, 2315-2330.
  • Jupp (2007) The feeling of participation: Everyday spaces and urban change. Geoforum, 39, 331-343.
  • Pollock & Sharp (2012) Real participation or the tyranny of participatory practice? Public art and community involvement in the regeneration of Raploch, Scotland. Urban Studies, 49, 3063-3079.

Everyone should read the first two texts. Students with first names starting A-J, read Jupp. Students with first names starting K-Z, read Pollock & Sharp.

Reading response question: How is participation & collaboration theorised in these texts?

October 9: “Measuring & evaluating ‘successful’ inclusion”

Response question: What are some of the opportunities and challenges for defining and measuring ‘successful’ inclusion, according to these texts?

October 2: “Generating a Holistic View of Urban Health”

Response question: Describe the framework of urban health that is developed in these readings. What other focus or material might you add to further develop a holistic view of urban health? (Be brief but specific: for example, are there readings or blogs that you would include?) This is an opportunity to bring in your own interest and expertise to complement your discussion of the course materials.

September 25: “An Embodied Sense of Place”

Response question: What do these texts teach us about how the sense of belonging and perceptions of the city are actively (and continuously) produced?

September 18: “Claiming Space and Finding Voice in the City”

Response question: How does the “struggle for interpretive power” (Cahill, p 338) work in these three texts?

September 11: “Feminist geographies as a framework for analysis”
  • Cope (2008) Patchwork neighborhood: children’s urban geographies in Buffalo, New York, Environment and Planning A, 40, pp. 2845-2863
  • Gökarıksel (2012) The intimate politics of secularism and the headscarf: the mall, the neighborhood, and the public square in Istanbul, Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 19, pp. 1-20
  • Nagar (2013) Storytelling and co-authorship in feminist alliance work: reflections from a journey. Gender, Place and Culture, 20, 1-18
September 4: “Starting points”


Below is the calendar for the 2012 RWW seminar. Click on the links below to read the lecture/ discussion topics for each class meeting.

September 5: “Means, Not Ends”

September 12: “A Rhizomatic Overview of Feminist Geographies”

September 19: “Feminist Geographical Imaginations”

September 26: “Claiming Space and Finding Voice in the City”

October 3: “An Embodied Sense of Place”

October 10: “The State of the City: Gender Mainstreaming and Intersectional Analysis”

October 17: “Generating a Holistic View of Urban Health”

October 24: “Engagements with Participatory Planning: Women’s Safety Audits, Rescue Geographies, and Creating ‘Creative Cities’”

October 31: “The Cultural Politics of ‘Revitalization’”

November 7: “Urban Citizenship and Community”

November 14: “Stories of the City”

November 21: “Measuring and evaluating ‘successful’ inclusion”

November 28: “Reflections on the Performativity of Knowledge and the Changing Urban Landscape”