Organizing and strategizing projective cities

Organizing and strategizing projective cities

In recent years scholars have become increasingly interested in what can be called the performativity turn. This turnaround has become associated with extended studies on how organizing are translated into ongoing actions and how these actions are assembled. Organizations perform strategizing, designing and organizing, to name a few ‘ing-twists’ that direct our attention to ongoing movements in and around organizations. Such gerunds help us to describe and illuminate ‘doings’ in situated practices.

Next week we will have a manuscript by Nils Wåhlin, where he elaborate on city development as a situated practice by outlining a conceptual vocabulary comprehensively enough to catch the complexity of these strategic endeavors. By empirically following the materialization of a large development-culture initiative, the curiosity was sparked to understand how organizing and strategizing are emerging in the context of this initiative. The paper concludes with reflections on methodological requirements and provides a brief account of pathways for analysis.

The manuscript is intended for the 30th EGOS Colloquium 2013, in Rotterdam. As always, the manuscript will be distributed via email.