<div dir="auto"><span style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:13.696px"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Call for papers for the 2018 annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers, April 10-14 in New Orleans. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-family:'arial';font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap"><br></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-family:'arial';font-weight:700;vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">My City Is Smarter than Yours: Deconstructing the Buzzwords</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Open data are at the forefront of smart cities initiatives. In research on both open data and smart cities, however, scholars tend to take complex terms</span><span style="font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">—</span><span style="font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">such as transparent, open, accountable, democratic, empowerment, value, inclusive, and access</span><span style="font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">—</span><span style="font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">as self-explanatory and as inherently worthy objectives. This uncritical treatment of the terms leaves the multiple and contradictory meanings embedded within the terms unexplored and under-examined. This omission constitutes a politics that complicate simple notions around the normative value of the goals open data and smart city advocates laud. It raises fundamental questions, such as smart how? Open how? On whose terms? By what conceptualization? And, perhaps most importantly, raises critical considerations around the meanings attached at particular moments to attain very particular goals, such as private-sector profit, strengthened systems of governmentality, or attentional economy expansion. While there’s a growing number of resources from which we can draw, this remains an </span><span style="font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">oversight within the overall research agenda.</span></p><br><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Making these considerations has at least three main goals. It can lend important theoretical insights into how smart cities function, particularly in relation to its attendant social and political process. As well, it can inform practitioners’ work as they consider the impacts and implications of open data platforms within smart cities initiatives, and the longstanding goals to which they aspire. It also contributes knowledge to activists’ work around “our digital rights to the city” (Shaw and Graham 2017) and the factors that enable or disable processes of empowerment. This is becoming especially important as smart cities increasingly align with open data and open government initiatives.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap"> </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">To that end, we’re inviting paper submissions related to the following topics:</span></p><ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Discourse analysis of smart city or open data keywords</span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Omissions and strategic absences of “transparency” and “accountability” discourses</span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Gaps and inequalities in smart cities</span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">What becomes open, and why?</span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">What do prioritized open datasets tell us about social and political values?</span></p></li><li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:disc;font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">How does smart cities or open data lead to open government? </span></p></li></ul></span><div dir="auto" style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:13.696px"><br></div><div dir="auto" style="font-family:sans-serif;font-size:13.696px"><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="font-family:'arial';vertical-align:baseline;white-space:pre-wrap">Please send your submissions by Friday, 10/13, to Victoria Fast (<a href="mailto:victoria.fast@ucalgary.ca" style="text-decoration-line:none;color:rgb(66,133,244)">victoria.fast@ucalgary.ca</a>) and Ryan Burns (<a href="mailto:ryan.burns1@ucalgary.ca" style="text-decoration-line:none;color:rgb(66,133,244)">ryan.burns1@ucalgary.ca</a>). Decisions will be made by Monday, 10/22. The abstract due date is 10/25, and the conference will be held April 10-14 in New Orleans, LA.</span></p></div><br><div data-smartmail="gmail_signature">Ryan Burns, PhD<br>Dept of Geography, University of Calgary</div></div>