Between 16th and 19th July 2018, the Global Urban Studies (GUS) cluster hosted the 4th Summer Institute in Urban Studies (SIUS) at the Shaw Foundation Building. The SIUS brings together early career scholars from around the world for deliberation of professional development and discussion of cutting-edge issues in the transdisciplinary field of urban studies. SIUS 2018 was the fourth time the Institute had been run, and the first time outside of Manchester. The Manchester Urban Institute (MUI) and GUS co-organized SIUS 2018, with further support from Yale-NUS Liberal Arts College and the Future Cities Lab. Sponsorship was kindly provided by the University of Manchester, the Urban Studies Foundation and Singapore Ministry of Education AcRF Tier 1 Research grant (FY2017-FRC2-014).
Hosting of the 2018 summer institute in Singapore – somewhere that does not even have a “summer” season! – was itself significant in the context of calls in urban studies over the past decade for (what Ananya Roy famously termed) “new geographies of theory”. It was therefore appropriate that the opening plenary session “Urban Studies from Elsewhere” foregrounded the situated-ness of urban knowledge production. There were three other paired plenary sessions across the four days of the Institute. A full list of the plenary sessions is provided in the table below. Click here to access the audio recordings of the presentations.
|Plenary Session Title||Date||Presenters||Affiliation|
|Urban Studies from Elsewhere||16th July 2018||Shenjing He|
James D. Sidaway
|University of Hong Kong
|Gender - Urban Theory and Urban Politics||17th July 2018||Daniel P.S. Goh|
|Urban Infrastructures||18th July 2018||Jane M. Jacobs|
University of Cambridge
|Sustainable Futures||19th July 2018||Cecilia Wong|
|University of Manchester
Hyderabad Urban Lab
As in previous Institutes in Manchester, the SIUS 2018 programme also included a variety of panel discussion sessions involving the visiting plenary speakers, Singapore-based urbanists and other visitors:
|Panel Discussion Title||Date||Panellists||Affiliation|
[Hosted by the Future Cities Lab]
|16th July 2018||Nausheen Anwar|
|Inst. of Business Admin., Karachi
Future Cities Lab
NUS (Asia Research Institute & Geog)
|Designing Interdisciplinary Urban Studies Curricula||16th July 2018||Shauna Brail|
Lee Kah Wee
|Univeristy of Toronto
|Precarity & Inequality||17th July 2018||Anant Maringanti|
|Hyderabad Urban Lab
NUS & Urban Studies Foundation
University of Manchester
|Collaboration||18th July 2018||Kamalini Ramdas|
NUS (Asia Research Institute)
NUS (Geography and GUS)
|Job Talk||19th July 2018||Jamie Gillen|
Shin Eun Jin
Univeristy of Hong Kong
|What Kinds of Urban Studies for the 21st Century?||19th July 2018||Charlotte Lemanski|
|University of Cambridge
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
University of Manchester
The panel discussion on “Designing Interdisciplinary Urban Studies Curricula” was held at Yale-NUS College, and was followed by an “Urban Studies Curriculum Workshop”. Both of those elements of the programme were organized by Nick Smith and Jane M. Jacobs. There was also Yale-NUS involvement in the writing workshop held on the afternoon of Wednesday 18th July; Trisha Craig from Yale-NUS College (together with freelance journalist, Tom Benner) convened sessions on “Writing for More-than-academic Audiences”.
Two elements of the programme explicitly enabled participants to engage with urban (re)development in Singapore beyond campus. On Tuesday 17th July, Tony Tan (from Singapore Heritage Society) led a tour of the URA Gallery and the surrounding streets of Chinatown. And on the evening of Wednesday 18th July, the Institute dinner was held in Prima Tower, giving participants a revolving view of the restless landscape of Singapore.
Many thanks to all of the participants, speakers, panellists, organizers, and sponsors for contributing to the success of SIUS 2018.
Tim Bunnell (GUS) and Kevin Ward (MUI).
Singapore: Tim Bunnell (chair), Jamie Gillen, Daniel PS Goh, Jane M. Jacobs, Lee Kah Wee, Michelle Miller, Nick R. Smith, Clare Yong
Manchester: Kevin Ward, Cecilia Wong, Matthew Harrison
To see our participants’ online engagement with the Institute, click here or search #SIUS2018 on Twitter!
For more information, take a look at our programme booklet: