Rethinking gender and sexual justice in the new dynamics of the global urban

This stream or session will focus on ways in which cities may, or may not, be realizing the promise of justice and emancipation across multiple and fluid genders and sexualities. Women and men experience the city differently as a result of their social gender roles. Contemporary changes suh as global migration and increasing proportions of women headed households do not change these social gender roles.  “Motherhood” and “home making” roles describe the work, services and urban facilities to which women and those engaged in non-normative genders and sexualities are frequently restricted. As inequality increases and separation in urban spaces rises, the effects of urban poverty on diverse goupings on the basis of gender and sexuality is experienced in diverse ways. The stream focus includes examining how existing and differentiated gender and sexual inequalities may be reproduced or challenged through space and place in diverse urban settings. The stream is interested to interrogate the complex intersections between contemporary urban spaces and gender and sexual experiences, practices and desires.  The stream will further examine how shifting global ideas and global and local practices in relation to gender and sexuality are contributing to global urban justice.  The stream hopes to push the limits of conventional mainstream and radical urban theory.  Whilst standard paper format and presentation will be welcome, audio-visual display and performance will also be considered.

 We invite presentations of research and theorizing of issues such as: how gender intersects with other social identities to shape urban experience and access to spaces, resources and services in both private and public arenas; sexuality and gender in relation to global citizenship and migration; global commercial sexualities and sex tourism; how rural, migrant and cyber geographies are imbricated in widened concepts of the urban in relation to sexual and gender justice; sexed and gendered transactional relationships across space and time; practices of gendered and sexual care in transnational context; constructions of masculinity and male sexuality in the recomposing urban; how gender and sexuality resignification may prove emancipatory; the effects of transnational gender and LGBTIQ+ activism on cities; and more local (though also global) turns such as ‘gay gentrification’.  Potential questions of the stream include how and why immigrant women and men who live in global cities experience the city differently and how local and central policies impact on women’s and LGBTIQ+ urban experiences.


Reycan Çetin, Yildiz Technical University

Alan Mabin, University of the Witwatersrand

Tamara Shefer, University of the Western Cape

Eric Wright, Georgia State University