CRITICAL GEOGRAPHIES OF URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE
A two-day conference and open discussion organised by the Urban Geography Research Group (UGRG) of the RGS-IBG.
6-7 November 2014
The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London
Call for Contributions
This year’s UGRG Conference will explore the relationship between critical urban theory and infrastructure. Critical urbanism may be defined by Brenner et al (2009: 179) as concerned:
(a) to analyze the systemic, yet historically specific, intersections between capitalism and urbanization processes;
(b) to examine the changing balance of social forces, power relations, sociospatial inequalities and political-institutional arrangements;
(c) to expose marginalizations and injustices that are inscribed and naturalized within existing urban configurations;
(d) to decipher the contradictions, crisis tendencies and lines of potential or actual conflict within contemporary cities, and on this basis;
(e) to demarcate and to politicize possibilities for more progressive, socially just, emancipatory and sustainable formations of urban life.
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The future is predicted to be increasingly urban. The United Nations estimates that globally, by 2050, up to 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas. Critical to the shape and nature of any urban future will be the role of urban governance. The Urban Age Delhi conference will explore the link between urban governance and the future development of cities. By comparing the experiences of different cities, it will analyse the conditions and processes that allow for participatory, effective, accountable and future-oriented decision making.
Conference dates: 14-15 November 2014
Location: Delhi, India
I just found out about the Geomedia 2015 conference, which is about spaces and mobilities in mediatized worlds and will happen in Karlstadt, Sweden, 5-8 May next year. It has a great line-up of organisers, keynotes and directors. Something to look forward to in 2015.