EDRA52Detroit: Just Environments
The conference will focus on how research, design, and relationships between people and environments contribute to the creation of justice. Current social, health, environmental, and justice challenges call for collaborative and transdisciplinary efforts to pursue intentional questioning of disciplinary borders and sensitive approaches to framing and solving pressing contemporary problems through research and practice.
we invite submissions in one or more of the following topical areas/themes:
for more details download the <<Call for Proposals>>
In addition, we require contributors to #TAG their submission by choosing one or two (maximum) of the #TAGs listed below. #TAGs will be used to organize topics into transdisciplinary tracks by the Conference Review Committee:
abstract / paper (<<template>>)
symposia, workshops, practitioner/ researcher collaborations
posters / digital media shorts
graduate student mentor workshop
student poster award / student paper award
The EDRA 52 organizing committee is striving to give participants the flexibility to attend events virtually. EDRA52 shifted to VIRTUAL Detroit. Updates will be published regularly on the EDRA52 main page edra.org/edra52.
The world is in the middle of several converging global crises—of pandemic, overpolicing, racism, environmental degradation, economic and gender inequality—all of which demand that we interrogate how we imagine just environments. The making of just environments requires us to question what goes into conceiving, creating, building, nurturing, and sustaining justice as we negotiate new ways of interacting in public space. The very concept of public space has become contested and occupied by global protests. How we navigate these new spatial and ideological environments raises several questions: What makes a just environment in a world where democracy is threatened? What is the time and space of environments, and of justice? How can environments be integrated into the social world and values of freedom, equality, and liberation? What forecloses this possibility? What are the prospects of utopian imaginings in uncertain and revolutionary times?
The conference will provide a platform to explore issues of justice in the environment in relation to social, cultural, and economic sustainability; race and culture; education, workplace, and recreation; youth and aging; health and wellness; equality in planning, policy making, and public space design; physical border conditions, urban fragmentation and divisions; practices of inclusion and community engagement; intersections of justice and ecological sustainability; accessibility and mobility; environmental and community shared resources; pressing global displacement and migration issues; philosophical and ethical concerns; and the necessity of creating social, built, and natural environments in support of a just future.
EDRA52 invites proposals that both describe and speculate on transdisciplinary modes of inquiry using novel approaches in research, teaching, practice, and co-production to create just environments. Transdisciplinary methods are increasingly used to address challenges facing the globe, such as climate change, poverty, equitable development, that require both disciplinary and global border crossings. Transdisciplinary methods, by definition, require us to operate collectively at the boundary and across boundaries – facilitating the creation of “net new” methods and outcomes to create new knowledge and solutions to “wicked” problems. We invite proposals that address the hybridity, complexity, and dynamics of transdisciplinary collaboration. We are especially interested in research and practice that expand disciplinary boundaries and identify new territories for design agency and action while simultaneously embracing local contexts, being oriented toward action, and addressing contemporary societal problems.