| Session organisers
Yoonai Han (Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science, the United Kingdom)
Maurice Yip (Institute of Geography and Sustainability, Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
| The 10th Meeting of East Asian Regional Conference in Alternative Geography (EARCAG)
7 – 9 December 2022, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
| Sharing in cities of speculation and aspiration
This session seeks to raise critical discussions on the emerging spaces and practices of sharing in East Asian cities in times of uncertainty. Ranging from coworking spaces, co-living spaces, and communal kitchens to makerspaces, incubators, and space rental platforms, we are witnessing transformation of working, living and ways of being in cities. These emerging spaces are creative, sharing, and flexible but also precarious, fragmented, and speculative. This session builds upon the growing debates on the ambivalence of the transformation, driven by technological innovation, labour flexibilisation, and growing inaccessibility to resources required for (re)production. We are interested in discussing how sharing serves to operate the continued desires of speculative cities, while also enabling the imagination of alternative sociality as well as the aspiration of socio-spatial mobility and flexibility.
We invite contributions to develop theoretical, yet empirically-informed reflections upon the landscape of sharing urbanism in East Asia, with special reference to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to advance critical urban theories. The questions and perspectives we intend to address in this session centre on, but are not limited to:
- Working under the pandemic: What is happening to 'work' in East Asia and how do we theorise it?
- Ethnographic navigations of sharing
- Sharing under everyday crisis and precarity
- Sharing and urban commons: Political potential of shared spaces of working and living
- Fragmented space, fragmented labour, and property politics
- Legal and digital geographies of shared workspace, gig economy, and platform urbanism
- Critical assessment of sharing urbanism
We hope to bring into dialogues a wide range of empirical examinations, conceptualisations, and methodological explorations from different geographies, discussing the impacts of these geographies of 'sharing' on urban inequalities and alternative-making.
The EARCAG has hosted many critical debates and productive discussions for critical geographers with a particular focus on East Asia for over two decades.
The session organisers empirically investigate the rise of coworking spaces in South Korea and Hong Kong respectively, with different theoretical orientations. By organising the session, the organisers hope to enrich the dialogues by bringing together those who share interests in grounded examinations on sharing and/or related theoretical discussions.
If you are interested, please send your abstract of 250 words to Y.Han18@lse.ac.uk and KwanChung.Yip@unil.ch by 22 July 2022 (Friday). The session organisers will then submit the session details to the conference secretariat in early August 2022.