Fluid Entanglements: Narratives of Waterfronts in the City


This introduction to the thematic issue connects the contributors’ arguments to the broader context of existing literature and to current epistemological predicaments. The notion of waterfront has endured for over 100 years within planning documents and policy discourses, shaping urban strategies and citizens’ preferences across the world. This thematic issue examines the current state of narratives and discourses on waterfronts. Waterfronts are investigated to consider the conceptual work evoked to frame urban problems and build narratives that shape planning and policy action. It is asserted that narratives about waterfronts differ: while some define goals for city development relying on specific strands of expert knowledge to justify often questionable decisions, others capture the experiences and representations of waterfronts, including their subjective and autobiographical dimensions.

Author Biography

Elena G. Trubina, Ural Federal University, Yekaterinburg, Russia

Elena G. Trubina is a professor of social theory and philosophy at the Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where she also directs the Center for Global Urbanism. Her book Gorod v teorii: opyt osmysleniia prostranstva, 2011 [City in Theory: Essays on Urban Space] took issue with the Eurocentrism of urban theory and has become widely read and used in universities across the post-socialist space. Her research focuses on social and urban theory along with the relationship between urban space, politics, memory and subjectivity. She is the recipient of several prestigious fellowships, including those from the Fulbright Program, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Carnegie Foundation, among others.


How to Cite
Trubina, E. (2022). Fluid Entanglements: Narratives of Waterfronts in the City. Changing Societies & Personalities, 6(2), 245–253. doi:10.15826/csp.2022.6.2.173