Asian Cities Urban Settlers Forum

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The Georgetown Global Cities Initiative is proud to partner with Ateneo de Manila University to convene scholars whose research explores the culture of informal communities in Asia.


This event has been scheduled on Manila time! (+12 hours from EST) The session will commence on June 11 at 9am PST (Manila) which is June 10 at 9pm EST (Washington, DC). 


The Asian Cities Urban Settlers project is an ongoing collaboration among historians, anthropologists, planners and urbanists to learn from the experience of people in marginal and spontaneously-built settlements. We aim to place the oral accounts of settlers at the center of a comparative historical exploration of the vast, largely unplanned, and often legally ill-defined expansion of settlement that has come to dominate the urban process through large parts of Asia.  For more background on the Asian Cities Urban Settlers project, please see here



AGENDA (Manila time, GMT+8)


9:00 am                Welcome Remarks


Uwe Brandes, Georgetown University

Michael Pante, Ateneo de Manila


9:15 – 10:15       Presentations


Gotong Royong and the Transformation of Kampung Ledok Code, Yogyakarta

Uji Nugroho W, UGM-Yogyakarta



Ashen History: Narrating the Fire at the Origin of Modern Singapore

Kah Seng Loh, University of Western Australia



Unsettling Stories of Eviction from a Vietnamese New Urban Zone

Erik Harms, Yale University




10:15-10:30         Q&A


10:30-10:45         Break


10:45-11:45         Presentations


Settlements and the Heritage Dilemma

Michael D. Pante, Ateneo de Manila University



Displacement, Encroachment and Settlement: Interrogating Kyu in Periurban Yangon

Jayde Lin Roberts, University of New South Wales



Kasumigaoka Apartments: The People Evicted Twice for the Tokyo Olympics

Mori Mayumi, Independent Writer 

Jordan Sand, Georgetown University



11:45-12:00         Q&A and Concluding Remarks


12:00                     Adjourn

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