Department of Social Anthropology

Bergen Exchanges: Urban Inequality and Securitization

For this year’s Bergen Exchanges on Law and Transformation, GRIP is hosting a roundtabel “Urban Inequality and Securitization”.

Santa Fe neighbourhood, Mexico City
Santa Fe neighbourhood, Mexico City
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The Bergen Exchanges

The Bergen Exchanges is a meeting place for scholars and practitioners from across the globe who seek to understand how law serves as an instrument of change – and how it shapes and is shaped by power relations. This year's Bergen Exchanges on Law & Social Transformation is taking place from 17 - 21 of August at Bergen Global. The main focus of this year's program is law & (in)equality – in cities, democracy, migration & knowledge, gender, child rights and natural resources and climate change. Global Research Programme on Inequality (GRIP) is one of the organizers of this year's program and is hosting two panels. The first panel is on Monday 17th of August, entiteled "Urban Inequality and Securitization", the second one is on Wednesday 19th of August on the topic of decolonization of the academy. 

Urban Inequality and Securitization

The recent virus pandemic has, arguably, transformed all aspects of human life—including the domains of biomedical health, global mobility patterns and everyday interaction. It has also, however, deeply impacted the multiple inequalities that are weaved into the texture of urban spaces and transformed these—often through forms of what one could label securitization. This has ranged from intensified surveillance practices (cameras, cell phones, heat detectors) to the introduction of state practices—such as curfew and urban zoning—that one would in a pre-pandemic era have deemed draconian or, at least, deeply problematic from a human rights or political perspective.

This roundtable will critically engage and probe the relations between multiple forms of urban inequalities and securitization brought on by the pandemic. The roundtable will be moderated by Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, the executive director of GRIP, with Randi Gressgård from SKOK/University of Bergen, Atreyee Sen form the University of Copenhagen, Antonella Di Trani from Superior national school of architecture of Paris- Val de Seine, and Tereza Østbø Kuldova form OsloMet.

Follow the event

You can attend the Bergen Exchanges events physically at Bergen Global (Jekteviksbakken 31) or follow them online. You can follow the event online here. Video recording of the event will be uploaded at the GRIP's YouTube channel after the event. 

If you wish to attend the event physically, please note the following: According to the infection control measures, the organizers need to have an overview of who is present at all times and thus kindly asks all who plans to participate physically to sign up beforehand via this link. Please note that according to corona virus regulations all participants must keep a distance of at least one metre from each other and maintain good hand hygiene. Your name and phone number will be registered and kept for 10 days. If you have any respiratory tract symptoms you should stay at home.