Plenary Lectures

Organized in partnership with the Urban Geography Speciality Group of the AAG, since 2006 there has been an annual Urban Geography plenary at which a renowned urbanist has been invited to speak, followed by responses from two discussants. This is an opportunity for a group of urbanists to take stock and offer their reflections on a debate in contemporary urban geography, and is normally followed by a stimulating question and answer session. The plenaries and responses are then published in the journal after undergoing review.

We are very excited to announce that the 2022 Urban Geography Plenary Lecture, at the AAG in New York City, will be given by Professor Laura Pulido (University of Oregon) with discussants Dr Margerat Marietta Ramirez (Simon Fraser University) and Dr Rea Zaimi (Georgia State University).

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2021, Seattle: Fulong Wu (University College London) “The long shadow of the state: financializing the Chinese city“, with discussants Heather Whiteside (University of Waterloo) and Manuel Aalbers (KU Leuven).

*** 2020 Cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic ***

2019, Wahsington DC: Deborah Cowen (University of Toronto) “Following the infrastructures of empire“, with discussants Malini Ranganathan (American University) and Kate Derickson (University of Minnesota).

2018, New Orleans: Roger Keil (York University, Toronto) “After Suburbia“, with discussants Lynnell Thomas (University of Massachusetts Boston) and Elvin Wyly (University of British Columbia)                                                                                 

2017, Boston: Susan Fainstein (Harvard University) “Resilience and the just city

2016, San Francisco: Robert Lake (Rutgers University) “On poetry, pragmatism and the urban possibility of creative democracy”, with discussants Katharine Hankins (Georgia State University) and Mark Purcell (University of Washington-Seattle)

2015, Chicago: Ananya Roy (University of California-Berkeley) “What is urban about critical urban theory?”, with discussants Kate Derickson (University of Minnesota) and Linda Peake (York University)

2014, Tampa: Ayona Datta (University of Leeds) “The intimate city: violence, gender, and ordinary life in Delhi slums”, with discussants Asher Ghertner (Rutgers University) and Rupal Oza (Hunter College)

2013, Los Angeles: Susan Ruddick (University of Toronto) “Situating the Anthropocene: planetary urbanization and the anthropological machine”, with discussants John Paul Jones (University of Arizona) and Jamie Lorimer (University of Oxford)

2012, New York: Anna Secor (University of Kentucky) “Topological city”, with discussants Jennifer Fluri (University of Colorado-Boulder) and Lynn Staeheli (Durham University)

2011, Seattle: Nicholas Blomley (Simon Fraser University) “Colored rabbits, dangerous trees and public sitting: sidewalks, police and the city”, with discussants Nicholas Dahmann (University of Southern California) and Deborah Martin (Clark University)

2010, Washington: Jennifer Robinson (University College London) “The travels of neoliberalism: taking stock of the internationalization of urban theory”, with discussants Carolyn Cartier (University of Technology Sydney) and Patricia Ehrkamp (University of Kentucky)

2009, Las Vegas: AbdouMaliq Simone (Goldsmiths) “On intersections, anticipations, and provisional publics: remaking district life in Jakarta”, with discussants Pablo Bose (University of Vermont) and Cindi Katz (City University New York)

2008, Boston: Michael Brown (University of Washington-Seattle) “Public health as urban politics, urban geography: Venereal biopower in Seattle, 1943-1983”, with discussants Rachel Slocum (St Cloud State University) and Roger Keil (York University, Toronto)

2007, San Francisco: Melissa Wright (Penn State University) “Femicide, mother-activism, and the geography of protest in northern Mexico”, with discussants Fernando Bosco (San Diego State University) and Geraldine Pratt (University of British Columbia)

2006, Chicago: Jamie Peck (University of Wisconsin-Madison) “Liberating the city: Between New York and New Orleans”, with discussants Laura Liu (New School) and Katharyne Mitchell (University of Washington-Seattle)