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From the gates to the islands: examining geographies of transnational urbanisms in the Philippines

Event Type
Department of Geography & GIS
Feb 3, 2023   3:00 pm  
Dr. Arnisson Andre Ortega, Syracuse University
This event is free
Originating Calendar
Geography and Geographic Information Science

Transnational mobilities of diasporic citizens are key forces reshaping urban configurations in certain contexts. Attending to postcolonial provocations in urban studies, this presentation foregrounds transnational urbanism as an analytical entry point to trace and examine emergent urban spaces in the Philippines. In particular, I focus on three sites where urban transformation is intimately entangled with transnational mobilities and interconnections: (1) gated communities; (2) islands; (3) Italian-styled mansions. From these sites, I detail the varied transnational dynamics that underpin urban change, from the role of diasporic capital in fueling real estate development to the emotional rationalities of constructing a home. Drawing from these experiences, I proffer emergent urban concepts worthy of interrogation and examination.

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