CfP: Metropolitan Streets: Everyday Temporalities and Contemporaneity

[from URB-GEOG-GORUM] Submissions are invited for the panel “Metropolitan Streets: Everyday Temporalities and Contemporaneity”, as part of the forthcoming conference “Metropolitan Temporalities”, November 20 – 22, 2014 at the Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany.

Over the past three decades, both urban studies and globalization studies have predominately focused on spatial concerns, often neglecting the important temporal dimensions of global urban development. Our third annual conference therefore seeks to systematically examine the diverse temporal aspects of global exchange and metropolitan development in four thematic clusters: metropolitan pasts and futures; politics of time; metropolitan rhythms; and economies of time.

Session Description:

Historically, streets and their social and spatial orders have changed over time according to the respective societal setting. Streets have always been the most profound units of urban life and the main elements to structure urban form and transportation. However, with the rise of the profession of urban planning, streets have been increasingly reshaped, according to the planner’s ideals of their time.

Today, streets with their specific spatial and social orders are the most dynamic space-time settings in a metropolis: they comprise a high degree of mobility, varying uses, agents, everyday practices and activities, norms, values, symbolic meanings, and power relations as well as a constant negotiation in between them. All of these coexist and Continue reading

Seeing Like A City: A Symposium (QMU of London, June 6-7, 2014)

SEEING LIKE A CITY

A Symposium

Queen Mary University of London

Keynote Address: Professor Mariana Valverde (University of Toronto) and Michael McKinnie (Queen Mary University of London)*

Keynote: Friday 6th June 6pm (open to the public)

Symposium: Saturday 7th June (all day)

 Deadline for abstracts: Monday 7th April

How have infrastructures of performance shaped civic ideas and ideals in mundane and spectacular ways? How are these ideas and ideals contained, contaminated, revealed and concealed spatially, temporally, legally and historically through cultural activity? How does cultural activity shape and see the city?

Seeing Like a City is an interdisciplinary symposium centred on the relationships between theatre, performance and urbanism.  In the past, theatre and performance scholars including Marvin Carlson, Jen Harvie, D.J. Hopkins, Ric Knowles, Kim Solga, have seen the city as a fertile site for considering a range of urban performances. Seeing Like a City builds on this work; it invites researchers to take up the challenge of accounting for contemporary urban performance.

This event is inspired by Mariana Valverde’s article ‘Seeing Like a City’ (2009), which offers a reading of the urban that acknowledges Continue reading

The (Digital) Lives of Cities (M/MLA, Detroit, Nov. 13-16, 2014)

The DH section of the Midwest Modern Language Association is accepting paper abstracts for its upcoming conference, to be held November 13-16, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan. Possible topics include:

  • Historical approaches to mapping and visualization
  • Absence, silence, and (in)visibility in maps
  • Mapping difference—class, race, gender, and accessibility
  • Critical visual literacies
  • Remediations and reconceptualizations of space
  • Mobile technologies and city life (e.g. augmented reality, geotagging, location-based Social media platforms)
  • Political and disciplinary dimensions of mapping technologies
  • Pedagogical purposes of community/city mapping projects
  • Endangered and indigenous languages

Send 250-word abstracts by May 31st to both Josh Honn (joshhonn at gmail) and Rachael Sullivan (sullivanrachael at gmail).

 

CityLAB II – Urban Studies Summer School / 16-20 June 2014

CityLAB II – Urban Studies Summer School

Theme: Suburbanism

Organised by: Stijn Oosterlynck (OASeS) & Ilja Van Damme (CSG)

Date: 16-20 June 2014

Recent years have seen a revival of interest in the study of suburbs, suburbanization and suburbanism. Central to this revival is a concern with the empirical diversity of suburbs and processes of suburbanization as well as with the growing internal and spatial differentiation of suburbs due to the impoverishment, increased ethnic diversity, densification and sprawl of economic activities in an increasing number of suburbs. These concerns undermine established understandings of suburbanism and turn the study of suburbs into a promising field for conceptual renewal and interdisciplinary reflection.

The second edition of CityLAB, organized by the Institute for Urban Studies will explore both the empirical diversity of suburbs and their increasing internal differentiation from an interdisciplinary perspective. It will examine the complexity of suburban phenomena from insights deriving from sociology, history, economic geography, political sciences, architecture and urban planning. Its target group is PhD and early stage post-doctoral researchers who want to develop such multi-perspectival understanding of suburbs, suburbanization and suburbanism and become more sensitive to the diversity of actually existing suburbs. The CityLAB Summer School is explicitly international and interdisciplinary in orientation and will take full advantage of its location in one of the most (sub)urbanized regions in Western Europe, Belgium. The programme combines international and local speakers, and two field trips to explore the suburban diversity of the biggest city of Flanders, the sprawling port town Antwerp. Roger Keil (Faculty of Environmental Sciences, York University) and Mark Clapson (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Westminster) will deliver keynote lectures, and engage in discussion with the participants on the basis of their own research.

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SEEING LIKE A CITY: A Symposium at Queen Mary University of London [June 6-7]

SEEING LIKE A CITY

A Symposium

Queen Mary University of London

Keynote Address: Professor Mariana Valverde (University of Toronto) and Michael McKinnie (Queen Mary University of London)*

Keynote: Friday 6th June 6pm (open to the public)

Symposium: Saturday 7th June (all day)

 How have infrastructures of performance shaped civic ideas and ideals in mundane and spectacular ways? How are these ideas and ideals contained, contaminated, revealed and concealed spatially, temporally, legally and historically through cultural activity? How does cultural activity shape and see the city?

Seeing Like a City is an interdisciplinary symposium centred on the relationships between theatre, performance and urbanism.  In the past, theatre and performance scholars including Marvin Carlson, Jen Harvie, D.J. Hopkins, Ric Knowles, Kim Solga, have seen the city as a fertile site for considering a range of urban performances. Seeing Like a City builds on this work; it invites researchers to take up the challenge of accounting for contemporary urban performance.

This event is inspired by Mariana Valverde’s article ‘Seeing Like a City’ (2009), which offers a reading of the urban that acknowledges the influence historically distinct ways of seeing contribute temporally and spatially to the negotiation of property, land and its uses in the contemporary moment. More recently, theatre studies scholar Michael McKinnie reconfigured Valverde’s ‘seeing like a city’ as ‘performing like a city’ in his analysis of London’s South Bank Centre (2013). McKinnie argues that the entrepreneurial performance of today’s South Bank relies on the performance of the building as a national and social welfare project. The Seeing Like a City symposium aims to provoke analysis and discussion that extends and challenges approaches by theatre and performance studies to ‘seeing’ and ‘performing’ the city as a complex and contingent entity.

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Uneven mobilities: Santiago de Chile, October 13-16, 2014 / Final call for papers March 31, 2014

Uneven mobilities. Access to activities, people and places in contemporary cities.

Santiago de Chile, October 13-16, 2014 / Final call for papers March 31, 2014
Organizers: PanAmerican Mobility Network and University of Chile

One of the most common problems faced by Latin American societies today is their patent and often invisible inequality. Many of these inequalities shape the way cities operate as well as the people’s ability to access opportunities. Currently urban inequalities and social exclusion are placed in most development agendas; however, research in this area is becoming increasingly complex, multidimensional and multispatial.

With the irruption of the mobility approach, the way cities and space are accessed has become crucial to understand current inequalities. These problems are not only present in Latin America, and can be observed in other places in the Americas, and in many cities and regions in developing and developed countries, even stretching through national borders.

The PanAmerican Mobility Network intends to connect the various mobility related research taking place in the Americas. In this context, although we welcome any paper on the broad theme of mobility research, we encourage papers to be presented in relation to the following questions:

1.     What methodological strategies can be used to research the production of uneven mobilities?

2.     How do citizen movements impact in the production of uneven mobility?

3.     How do transport and communication devices affect uneven mobilities?

4.     How do urban design and urban planning influence the production of uneven mobilities?

5.     What types of relations exist between migratory process and the production of uneven mobilities?

6.     What forms of experiences are related to the production of uneven mobilities?

7.     Other open questions.
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Call for Submissions: International Urban Design Conference

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Submit your abstract for an opportunity to present at the 7th International Urban Design Conference: Adelaide, Australia – September 1-3, 2014.

The Conference theme “Designing Productive Cities” will explore the framework required for creating today’s cities, the process of designing and shaping our cities to make them more functional, attractive and sustainable.

We will examine affordable housing and diversity for “Gen Y” who are interested in more compact design models. For the rapidly growing ageing population sector, we will discuss isolation, location, ease of transport, mobility and affordability.

You abstract may address:

• Visualisation
• Strategic Planning
• Whole City Thinking
• Urban Design Projects
• Active Transport
• International Design
• Issues in Construction
• Financing for Compact Cities

If selected for the Conference Program, you also have the opportunity to have your full paper peer reviewed and included in the book of proceedings with an ISBN number.

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Summer Institute in Urban Studies @ Manchester

Path to the Possible

Summer 2014 marks the first Summer Institute in Urban Studies. It will take place at the University of Manchester over the week 29 June to 4 July.

Open to just 25 doctoral students (usually post-fieldwork), postdoctoral researchers, and recently appointed faculty/lecturers (normally within three years of first continuous appointment), the Institute comprises an intensive, week-long program of activities. It is designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the innovatory developments and enduring controversies in urban studies, as well as mentoring and support in the different aspects of the academic labour process, from applying for grants to designing courses, from editing books and special issues of journals to writing book proposals, and from publishing in journals to working at the academic/non-academic interface. It consists of panels, lectures, reading groups, with participants involved in shaping the final programme.

Featured speakers are:

David Imbroscio, Professor, Department of Political Science & Public…

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Revolution & Evolution: A Postgraduate Conference, 10th-11th July 2014, University of Essex, UK

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Revolution & Evolution
A Postgraduate Conference, 10th-11th July 2014, University of Essex, UK
The University of Essex and the British Comparative Literature Association invite postgraduates to submit abstracts for an interdisciplinary conference.  We welcome proposals from students in the Humanities, including Literature, Film, Theatre Studies and Creative Writing. We seek papers exploring revolution and evolution in disciplines ranging from gender studies and cultural geography to myth, folklore studies and nature writing.
Possible topics may include:
§  Development, progression, transformation and expansion of cultural tropes and motifs
§  Evolution of theory and critical thinking
§  Revolutions and challenges of theory
§  Transfiguration of anarchy, rebellion and insurgency
§  Metamorphosis of place, space, and time
§  Transgression and vice
§  Psychogeography

Special Strand: The Student Movement: 1968
This conference includes a special strand celebrating the 50th anniversary of the university. We will be screening Jean-Luc Godard’s British Sounds (1969), which was filmed at The University of Essex in 1968. In addition we will offer a poetry reading inspired by the theme.

Keynote Speakers: Peter Hulme (University of Essex, UK)
John Haynes (University of Essex, UK)
We welcome proposals on all aspects of revolution and evolution, understood as the evolution of texts, genres, theories, languages and beings across space and time, preceded or followed by revolutionary or reactionary agents and actions.
Deadline for submission of proposals for individual / collaborative papers or panels: 1 March 2014
Please send proposals, no longer than 250 words, and a brief biographical statement (50 words) to:evolution.and.revolution2014@gmail.com<mailto:evolution.and.revolution2014@gmail.com>
Find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/rev.and.ev2014) and Twitter (@Rev_and_Ev2014) as well!

Thank you in advance.

Kind regards

Darren Hawes

Organising Committee
Revolution and Evolution 2014 BCLA Graduate Conference
Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

Lisbon Street Art & Urban Creativity International Conference – 3-5 July, 2014

Lisbon Street Art & Urban Creativity International Conference – 3-5 July,
2014

Over the past decades, certain creative actions in the city have centered the debate around whether considering them an aggression on the city and its users, whether building them as not only a sociological and anthropological response but also, an “artistic” or constructive one to the built environment.

However, and even though a consensus has not been reached, the focus on these practices and their actors has increased considerably, inside and outside the academia. In 2008, the Tate exhibition, Street Art at Tate, re-centered the debate around these practices, being preceded and followed by further exhibits in museums, galleries and other institutions; in the editorial quadrant, several authors have focused their attention and research in creative actions on the city (such as Graffiti and Street Art).

Lisbon has been “put in the map” of such phenomenon. And for that reason we invite scholars, researchers and the academia to join us in this International Conference to present and debate manifestations that can be placed within the scope of Urban Creativity as there is no doubt today that these urban phenomenon are a tool for a more participated, and sustainable future.

Therefore and due to the urban (multiple) personality of such practices, we invite proposals that focus on four macro-narratives; the four sections have quite generic titles once we are concerned with bringing forward as many different points of view and debates as possible in order to create an inter- and multi- disciplinary debate during the conference.

This conference is institutionally framed by the Art History Institute/line of Contemporary Art Studies (IHA/EAC) of The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities – NOVA University of Lisbon; and the Artistic Studies Research Centre (CIEBA) of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon.

CFP at http://www.urbancreativity.org