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Siri Wacana KITA Bil. 8/2022: Creating the Spectacular City in Everyday Life: A Governance Analysis of Urban Public Space in China
December 16, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CREATING THE SPECTACULAR CITY IN EVERYDAY LIFE: A GOVERNANCE ANALYSIS OF URBAN PUBLIC SPACE IN CHINA
DR. RYANNE FLOCK
University of Wuerzburg, Germany
Chinese cities are making a name for themselves through “accumulation by spectacle“ (Guthman, 2008). Mostly analysing sport events and Expos in China’s municipalities, studies elucidate the fast change of the urban fabric and the interconnection of commercial profits with pro-state propaganda. These mega-events appear as a once-in-lifetime chance for a city, orchestrated during a specific time and in purpose-built venues. This paper, however, argues that during 40 years of reforming and opening up efforts of spectacularization expand to everyday life. I take the marginalisation of the urban poor, i.e. of street vendors and beggars, in Guangzhou as a starting point to understand governmental ideals, strategies and patterns of controlling public space. The data is mainly based on fieldwork, government documents, yearbooks, and newspapers. Engaging in the discussion on the “society of the spectacle” (Debord), the study elucidates governance strategies shaping public space for the external gaze. Urban management concentrates on areas serving tourism and commerce, memorial politics, and government relations. It follows the pulse of annual events and seasonal holidays, recurring political dates, exceptional mega-events, and regular urban development campaigns. These zones and periods of increased control intertwine and culminate in an “ideal” public space excluding poverty and other elements contesting the city’s success images.
ATUR CARA TENTATIF
Tarikh: 16 Disember 2022 (Jumaat)
Masa: 10 pagi – 12 tengah hari (GMT +8)
Tempat: Bilik Mesyuarat KITA
Siaran Dalam Talian: Zoom & KITA Facebook page (pautan di bawah)
10.00 pagi: Pengenalan oleh Moderator Dr. Rachel Chan Suet Kay, Felo Penyelidik KITA
10.05 pagi: Ucapan alu-aluan oleh Prof. Ulung Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin, Pengarah Pengasas KITA
10.10 pagi: Pembentangan oleh Dr. Ryanne Flock
11.10 pagi: Sesi Q & A
Ryanne Flock is a postdoc research associate in the research project “Social Worlds: China’s Cities as Spaces of Worldmaking” (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) at the Institute of Sinology, Würzburg University, Germany. Her research focuses on urbanization in the context of private and public spaces in China and sinophone Malaysia. She is the author of Shikumen Linong – Dwelling and Urban Change in Modern Shanghai (Lit, 2015), Public Space in Urban China: The Social Production in the Context of Urban Marginalization Processes (Franz Steiner, forthcoming), and coeditor of Family – Life – Pandemic: Words and Worlds of Chinese Rural Migrants (Böll Foundation, forthcoming). Her research interest in Malaysia concentrates on The Urbanization of Chinese New Villages in the KL Metropolitan Region: Changes of Society, Culture and Everyday Space (working title).