Abstract for A4 Workshop: Differing discourses on diversity between the public and the private (non-public) sphere.
Coordinated by Ewa Korcelli-Olejniczak (Prof. IGiPZ PAN, Warsaw)
This workshop will focus on how (dissimilarly) various actors involved in the process of governing social diversity in urban areas approach their role and activity. The participants invited will address a wide spectrum of issues related to differing discourses on diversity, the latter broadly understood as the challenge of coexisting in shared space. In the discussion we will refer to the role of public and non-public actors, including local authorities, housing cooperatives, non-governmental organisations, private firms and informal movements. We will consider:
– how individual actors understand social diversity
– which challenges they recognize locally and sub-locally
– what instruments they develop
– which strategies they pursue
– how they finance their activities
– which beneficiaries do they focus on
When comparing different cities, we will attempt at identifying where and why different actors see diversity as a liability or a development potential and asset that can contribute to enhancing social cohesion, fostering social mobility and strengthening economic performance of cities, districts or neighbourhoods. A lively discussion is expected between representatives of cities that considerably differ in the way social diversity is understood and approached.
A brief presentation of the research results concerning governance arrangements and initiatives in an international perspective by Larissa Plüss and Walter Schenkel from the DIVERCITIES team in Zurich.
An Annex to DIVERCITIES research – evidence from Warsaw by Ewa Korcelli-Olejniczak and Filip Piotrowski from the DIVERCITIES team in Warsaw.
Panel Discussion involving the following participants:
LARISSA PLÜSS AND WALTER SCHENKEL
Different cities – different discursive dynamics?
EWA KORCELLI-OLEJNICZAK AND FILIP PIOTROWSKI
IGSO PAS/DIVERCITIES WARSAW
Resident Councils: Between the public and the non-public way (Evidence from Warsaw)
RESEARCH FELLOW/INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LISBON, VISITING RESEARCHER AT THE DANISH BUILDING RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF AALBORG UNIVERSITY IN DENMARK
Diversity, inequality and socio-spatial segregation in Portugal
PLENIPOTENTIARY FOR REVITALIZATION/ OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE AND SPATIAL PLANNING, CITY OF WARSAW
Revitalization and its actors. Public and private ideas on social diversity in Warsaw’s districts – Praga Północ, Praga Południe and Targówek
DIVISION MANAGER/THE AID ORGANISATION OF THE PROTESTANT CHURCHES OF SWITZERLAND
Diversity from the perspective of an NGO and from practice
HEAD OF THE INTEGRATIONOFFICE OF THE CITY OF ZURICH
Diversity concepts of private actors seen by a city integration office
DIRECTOR, RESEARCH & PUBLIC POLICY AT WOODGREEN COMMUNITY SERVICES IN TORONTO
Toronto: A city that has never been before but is everywhere now
The panel discussion will focus on the following topics:
The public and the non-public approach towards urban diversity: Is there actually a difference?
The impact of the non-public ‘philosophy’ and experience: Can public authorities learn from the non-public way of thinking?
Is a complex and coherent approach towards diversity possible?
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Image: Filip Piotrowski