Geographic Clusters

Without intending to cement and reify geographical and regional boundaries, either conceptually or organizationally, some of our research was bundled into spatial clusters. These were tentative and open groupings in which the meaning of geographical area was used as a starting point for our conversation. These meanings were also probed and contested. The chosen areas were preliminary, yet also meaningful as they provided a common denominator among a large number of researchers working in disparate territorial contexts with varieties of conceptual and methodological approaches. While hoping to avoid the fate of Babylonian discord, the geographical research clusters were testament both to unifying and universal conversations across a suburbanizing globe and to myriad variation and divergence of cases. Under the guidance of the team leaders, researchers studied the regions of Africa (Robin Bloch and Alan Mabin); North America (Jan Nijman); Europe (Nick Phelps); South Asia (Shubhra Gururani); and China (Fulong Wu and Zhigang Li).

C1: Africa | C2: North America | C3: Europe | C4: South Asia | C5: China