Alison L Bain

Department of Geography

Associate Professor
 
Office: Ross Building, N422
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 66192
Emailabain@yorku.ca
 



I am a feminist urban social geographer who studies contemporary urban and suburban culture. My research examines the complex relationships of cultural workers and LGBTQ2S populations to cities and suburbs in Canada and Germany with particular attention to questions of identity formation, place-making, spatial politics, and neighbourhood change. Much of my writing has focused on the (sub)urban geographies of artistic labour, creative practice, and cultural production and has involved the development of critiques of creative city theory and cultural planning in their application to small- and mid-sized cities and suburbs. I am especially interested in contested processes of social inclusion and social exclusion in neighbourhoods as triggered by both bottom-up and top-down arts-led urban redevelopment initiatives as well as queer place-making practices. I teach urban geography at the undergraduate and graduate level, and have developed courses on public space contestations and interventions, the cultures of cities, and the spatial politics of urban place-making.

Area of Specialization

Geography


Degrees

Ph.D. Geography, University of Cambridge
M.A. Geography, University of Toronto
B.A. (Hons.) Geography, Queen’s University

Professional Leadership

North American Managing Editor, Urban Studies journal 2017-2020.


Research Interests:

Arts and Culture , Gender Issues , Urban geography, Arts-led urban redevelopment, Geographies of artistic labour and creative practice, Geographies of sexualities, Feminist pedagogies

Current Research Projects

Selected Publications

Bain, A.L. and Peake, L. (eds) (2017) Urbanization in a Global Context. Toronto: Oxford University Press, pp. 435.

Bain, A.L. (2013) Creative Margins: Cultural Production in Canadian Suburbs. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 294.

Bain, A.L. (2017) Artists as property owners and small-scale developers. Urban Geography .

Bain, A.L. and Landau, F. (2017) Artist intermediaries in Berlin: cultural intermediation as an interscalar strategy of self-organizational survival. Urban Research and Practice.

Laliberte, N., Bain, A.L., Lankenau, G., Sziarto, K., Bolduc, M.F., and McGinty, A.M. (2017) The controversy capital of stealth feminism in higher education. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 16(1): 34-58.

Bain, A.L., Payne, W., and Isen, J. (2014) Rendering a neighbourhood queer. Social and Cultural Geography 16(4): 424-443.

All Publications

Books

Bain, A.L. and Peake, L. (eds) (2017) Urbanization in a Global Context. Toronto: Oxford University Press, pp. 435.

Bain, A.L. (2013) Creative Margins: Cultural Production in Canadian Suburbs. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 294.

Book Chapters

Bain, A.L. and Rallis, N. (2017) Crawling with art: public art installations on James Street North in Hamilton, Ontario. In Martha Radice and Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier (eds) Urban Encounters: Art and the Public. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 119-147.

Bain, A.L. and Baker, R. (2017) Land use and creativity in post-industrial cities. In Alison L. Bain and Linda Peake (eds) Urbanization in a Global Context. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 103-119.

Bain, A.L. and Peake, L. (2017) Conclusion: envisioning global urban futures. In Alison L. Bain and Linda Peake (eds) Urbanization in a Global Context. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 426-435.

Peake, L. and Bain, A.L. (2017) Introduction: urbanization and urban geographies. In Alison L. Bain and Linda Peake (eds) Urbanization in a Global Context. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1-16.

Bain, A.L. and Arik, H. (2016) Patriarchy. The Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. New York: Wiley Press.

Bain, A.L. and Burnett, R. (2016) Urban regeneration in a mid-sized city: a new vision for downtown Sudbury. In Ren Thomas (ed) Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 328-338.

Bain, A.L. (2016) Suburban creativity and innovation. In Richard Shearmur, Christophe Carrincazeaux, and David Doloreaux (eds) Handbook on the Geography of Innovation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 266-276.

Bain, A.L. (2015) Re-imaging, re-elevating, re-placing the urban. In Pierre Filion, Markus Moos, Ryan Walker, and Tara Vinodrai (eds) Canadian Cities in Transition: New Directions in the 21st Century. Fifth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 244-257.

Bain, A.L. and McLean, D.M. (2013) From post to poster to post-industrial: cultural networks and eclectic creative practice. In Myrna Breitbart (ed) Cultural Economies in Post-Industrial Cities: Manufacturing a (Different) Scene . Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 97-121.

Bain, A.L. and Marsh, J. (2012) Peterborough: a georegion in transition? In Gordon Nelson (ed) Beyond the Global City: Understanding and Planning for the Diversity of Ontario. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, pp. 147-166.

Bain, A.L. and McLean, D.M. (2011) Eclectic creativity: interdisciplinary creative alliances as informal cultural strategy. In Bas van Heur and Anne Lorentzen (eds) Cultural Political Economy of Small Cities. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 128-141.

Bain, A.L. (2010) Re-imaging, re-elevating, re-placing the urban. In Trudi Bunting, Pierre Filion, and Ryan Walker (eds) Canadian Cities in Transition: New Directions in the 21st Century. Fourth Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 262-275.

Bain, A.L. (2009) Creativ* suburbs: cultural ‘popcorn’ pioneering in Etobicoke. In Tim Edensor, Deborah Leslie, Steve Millington, and Norma Rantisi (eds) Spaces of Vernacular Creativity: Rethinking the Cultural Economy. London & New York: Routledge, 63-74.

Bain, A.L. (2009) Masculinism. In Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 1. Oxford: Elsevier, 486-491.

Nash, C.J. and Bain, A.L. (2007) Pussies declawed: unpacking the politics of a queer women’s bathhouse raid. In Kath Browne, Jason Lim, and Gavin Brown (eds) Geographies of Sexualities: Theory, Practice, and Politics. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 159-168.

Journal Articles

Bain, A.L. and Landau, F. (2017) Artists, temporality, and the governance of collaborative place-making. Urban Affairs Review.

Fem-Mentee Collective (alphabetically: Bain, A.L., Baker, R., Laliberte, N., Milan, A., Payne, W., Ravensbergen-Hodgins, L., and Saad, D.) (2017) Emotional masking and spill-overs in the neoliberal university: a feminist geographic perspective on mentorship. Journal of Geography in Higher Education.

Bain, A.L. (2017) Neighbourhood artistic disaffiliation in Hamilton, Ontario. Urban Studies. DOI: 10.1177/0042098016658390.

Laliberte, N., Bain, A.L., Lankenau, G., Sziarto, K., Bolduc, M.F., and McGinty, A.M. (2017) The controversy capital of stealth feminism in higher education. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 16(1): 34-58.

Bain, A.L. and Landau, F. (2017) Artist intermediaries in Berlin: cultural intermediation as an interscalar strategy of self-organizational survival. Urban Research and Practice.

Bain, A.L. (2017) Artists as property owners and small-scale developers. Urban Geography .

Bain, A.L. and Payne, W. (2016) Queer de-participation in the co-production of scholarly knowledge. Qualitative Research 16(3): 330-340.

Bain, A.L., Payne, W., and Isen, J. (2014) Rendering a neighbourhood queer. Social and Cultural Geography 16(4): 424-443.

Bain, A.L. and Verjee, Z. (2014) Planning a suburban public artscape: the case of Mississauga, Canada. Journal of Art and the Public Sphere. 2(1-3): 87-101.

Bain, A.L. and McLean, H. (2013) The artistic precariat. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society, 6(1): 93-111.

Bain, A.L. (2007) Claiming space: fatherhood and artistic practice. Gender, Place and Culture 14(3): 249-265.

Bain, A.L. and Nash, C.J. (2007) The Toronto Women’s Bathhouse raid: querying queer identities in the courtroom. Antipode, 39(1): 17-34.

Nash, C.J. and Bain, A.L. (2007) ‘Reclaiming raunch’?: spatializing queer identities at a Toronto women’s bathhouse event. Social and Cultural Geography, 8(1): 47-62.

Bain, A.L. and Nash, C.J. (2006) Undressing the researcher: feminism, embodiment and sexuality at a queer bathhouse event. Area, 38(1): 99-106.

Bain, A.L. (2006) Resisting the creation of forgotten places: artistic production in Toronto neighbourhoods. The Canadian Geographer, 50(4): 417-431.

Bain, A.L. (2005) Constructing an artistic identity. Work, Employment, and Society, 19(1): 25-46.

Bain, A.L. (2004) In/visible geographies: absence, emergence, presence, and the fine art of identity construction. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 95(4): 419-426.

Bain, A.L. (2004) Female artistic identity in place: the studio. Social and Cultural Geography. 5(2): 171-193.

Bain, A.L. (2003) Constructing contemporary artistic identities in Toronto neighbourhoods. The Canadian Geographer. 47(3): 303-317.

Bain, A.L. (2003) White western teenage girls and urban space: challenging Hollywood’s representations. Gender, Place and Culture. 10(3): 197-213.

Book Reviews

Bain, A.L. (2016) Performing the global city. Review of D.J. Hopkins and Kim Solga (eds) 2015: Performance and the Global City. Canadian Theatre Review. 167 (Summer).

Bain, A.L. (2014) Review of Rupa Huq 2013: Making Sense of Suburbia Through Popular Culture. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 38(5): 1921-1923.