Cultural and urban geography
Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography
Office: Burnside Hall 413
Tel.: (514) 792-5476
Fax.: (514) 398-7437
sarah.moser [at] mcgill.ca (E-mail)
- PhD Geography, National University of Singapore (2008)
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
My research examines how national, religious, and ethnic identities shape cities in Southeast Asia and the Muslim world more broadly. I am fascinated by the transnational circulation of identity, architecture and urban policy and how cities across Asia are looking elsewhere in the global south rather than to ‘the west’ for inspiration. My current work investigates the global emergence of supra-national religious and ethnic identities and how they are manifested in urban form and used to serve secular nation-building purposes. In particular, I examine emerging pan-Islamic identity, the ‘Arabization’ of Muslim identity and the effect these broad trends are having on urban areas. Another strand of this work examines emerging ‘pan-Chinese’ identities currently circulating in Asia and how they are being manifested in cities.
Cultural politics, ideology, and nation-building in new cities
The interplay between interpretations of Islam and the built environment (Southeast Asia, Middle East)
model cities, utopian planning
Moser, Sarah. (accepted) 'Rejecting and reproducing colonial urbanism in Putrajaya, Malaysia'. In Hahn, H (Ed.). Cross-Cultural Exchange in Southeast Asia and Europe in the Modern Era. National University of Singapore Press.
Moser, Sarah. (accepted) ‘Forest City, Malaysia, and Chinese Expansionism’. Urban Geography.
Moser, Sarah. (2018) ‘Malay(sian) national identity in contemporary urban mega-projects’, In Hagen, Joshua and Diener, Alexander (Eds.) Urban Space, Place, and National Identity. Rowman & Littlefield.
Moser, Sarah. (in press) ‘Islamic cities’. In Orum, Tony. (Ed.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. (5,000 words)
Moser, Sarah; Hendricks, Michael; and Vives, Luna. (2017) ‘Academia’s moral entanglements in the face of a racist regime’. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. 16 (2): 1-10. https://www.acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/article/view/1572
Moser, Sarah and Wilbur, Alyssa. (2017) ‘Constructing heritage through state architecture in Indonesia’s Riau Islands’. ABE Journal - Architecture Beyond Europe. 11 (July): 1-25. http://abe.revues.org/3643
Araos, Malcolm; James Ford; Lea Berrang-Ford; Robbert Biesbroek; and Sarah Moser. (2017) ‘Climate change adaptation planning for Global South megacities: The case of Dhaka’. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2016.1264873
Moser, Sarah. (2017) ‘“2 days to shape the future”: A Saudi Arabian node in the transnational circulation of new cities ideas’, In Molotch, Harvey and Ponzini, Davide (Eds.) Learning from Gulf Cities. NYU Press.
Moser, Sarah; Esther Clinton; and Jeremy Wallach. (2017) ‘Leisure activities in Southeast Asia, from pre-colonial times to the present’, In Spracklen, Karl et al (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Leisure Theory. Palgrave. 107-125.
Chen, Xiangming; Moser, Sarah, and Kundu, Ratoola. (Eds.) The Research Handbook on Asian Cities. London: Edward Elgar. (40 chapters, under contract, 2017).
Moser, Sarah. (2016) ‘Educating the nation: Shaping student-citizens in Indonesianschools’ Children’s Geographies. 14 (3): 247-262.
Cutts, A., & Moser, S. (2015). State-community collaborative strategies to enable the right to the city in Argentina. Habitat International. 49: 243-250.
Moser, Sarah; Swain, Marian; Alkhabbaz, Mohammed H. (2015) 'King Abdullah Economic City: Engineering Saudi Arabia's post-oil future', Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning. 45: 71-80.
Moser, Sarah. (2014) ‘New cities: Old wine in new bottles?’ Dialogues in Human Geography. 5 (1): 31-35.
Moser, Sarah (2014) ‘Exhibition review of ‘How architects, experts, politicians, international agencies and citizens negotiate modern planning: Casablanca Chandigarh’, International Journal of Islamic Architecture. 4 (1): 209-214.
Moser, Sarah. (2013) ‘New cities in the Muslim world: The cultural politics of planning an ‘Islamic’ city’. In Religion and Place: Landscape, Politics and Piety. (Edited by Peter Hopkins, Lily Kong and Elizabeth Olson).
Moser, Sarah. (2012) ‘Circulating visions of ‘High Islam’: The adoption of fantasy Middle Eastern architecture in constructing Malaysian national identity’ Urban Studies. 49 (13) 2783-2805.
Moser, Sarah. (2012) ‘Globalization and the construction of identity in two new Southeast Asian capitals: Putrajaya and Dompak’ in Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities. Chen, Xiangming and Kanna, Ahmed. (Eds.) New York / London: Routledge. 169-189.
Moser, Sarah. (2010) ‘Creating citizens through play: The role of leisure in Indonesian nation-building’ Social and Cultural Geography. 11 (1): 53-73.
Moser, Sarah. (2010) ‘Putrajaya: Malaysia’s new federal administrative capital’ Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning. 27 (3): 285-297.
Moser, Sarah. (2008) ‘Personality: a new positionality?’ Area. 40 (3) 383-392.