Global Flânerie in the Twenty-First Century: The Failures and Successes of Urban Walking from 2000-2021
What are the major challenges to twenty-first-century flânerie?
Consider the effects of:
• the Coronavirus pandemic (lockdowns, empty streets, social distancing, masked flâneurs/flâneuses);
• the impediments to or dangers of urban strolling as a result of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion, citizenship (and protesting such limitations as in the case of the Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements);
• the difficulties posed by environmental degradation in cities (air pollution, waste management and global waste trading, congestion and overcrowding);
• the shrinking spaces for strolling and leisurely peripatetic acts (lack of sidewalks and boulevards, poor urban planning, the dominance of car travel);
• the changing pace and place of everyday life (digitalized and virtual living, the effects of GPS and other navigation technologies; higher demands on time and productivity; increased time spent indoors).
What are creative solutions to these global challenges? What representations of twenty-first century flânerie exist in text, film, art, design, journalism, blogging, photography, and video game? How and why is flânerie still a relevant and valid concept—both in theory and in practice—in this millennium?
We are particularly interested in contributions that treat acts of flânerie in Africa and Asia or that address urban strolling in the Global South.
By Oct. 31 2020, please send 250-500 word abstracts to Marylaura Papalas at PapalasM@ecu.edu.