The Berkeley Planning Journal (BPJ) at the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley recently launched a call for papers for its next issue, “Volume 31: Transcending the Urban-Rural Divide.” BPJ is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal produced by City & Regional Planning Ph.D. students at UC Berkeley. Since 1984 they have published annually, and offer a collection of innovative and research oriented articles on contemporary topics in planning and urbanism. Authors include students, faculty, and others in the Berkeley planning community, as well as scholars from other institutions.
The rural-urban divide has evolved significantly since its conception. What work does it do today? From American presidential election results that mapped onto urban and rural spaces to the urbanization of rural land along India’s highways, multiple and complex contemporary conditions challenge and/or entrench our understandings of urban and rural divisions. As financialization of agribusiness and mining ventures increases across Latin American rural towns, what persists or has been blurred in the linkages between urban and rural? Do these concepts still hold explanatory power? What are the values and limitations of this dichotomy? How do representations of the rural-urban divide shift as boundaries are mapped? What do emerging planning practices and informal interventions illuminate about the rural-urban divide and rural-urban transitions in the Global South?
Perspectives from city and regional planning, urban theory, political ecology, human geography, environmental justice, and climate change, among others, are welcomed to explore this theme; considerations of race, gender, class, and political ideology are encouraged. BPJ invites critical, theoretical and practical reflections that engage these themes. Submissions can take the form of academic papers, photo essays, and book reviews. For further inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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