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Urban Studies Special Issue:

This special issue proposal aims to address this gap in urban studies scholarship by providing a collection of original research articles from diverse perspectives around the world that call into question dominant epistemologies and theoretical frameworks employed in the study of smart city projects. Some papers disrupt western-centric forms of knowing the smart city, providing space for alternative epistemologies and ontologies that address the colonial, racist, technocratic-instrumental, and authoritarian forms of knowledge production and dissemination that have shaped cities now and in the past. Others provide case studies of the ways in which smart city policies and projects are pitched as ways to develop a “world-class” reputation. This special issue frames smart city initiatives through two complimentary theoretical approaches central to contemporary urban studies and urban theory: worlding and provincializing. Smart Cities: Between Worlding and Provincializing” also highlights productive tensions that emerge when addressing these approaches together. 

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