CONF, CfP British Association for American Studies 58th Annual Conference. Panel on ‘Cultures of the American Suburbs’. Deadline: 15.10.2012

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

In 2013, the University of Exeter will be hosting the British Association of American Studies(BAAS) Conference from 18-21 April. Professor Dolores Hayden, author of _Building Suburbia: A Field Guide to Sprawl_ will be the keynote speaker, and the Cultures of the Suburbs Network will be hosting a panel on ‘Cultures of the American Suburbs’. If you would like to contribute a paper to this panel – from any discipline or period – then please send a proposal to suburbs@exeter.ac.uk using ‘BAAS Suburbs Panel’ in the subject line. Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2012.

The Leverhulme Trust funded Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network is a partnership between the Universities of Exeter and Kingston (UK), Witwatersrand (South Africa), Hofstra (USA), Griffith (Australia) and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

The Network aims to further the scholarly, professional and public understanding of the cultures of the modern (post-1900) suburbs through international and interdisciplinary research; to evaluate the place of cultural forms and practices in the suburbs, to explore the impact of cultural representations on the perceptions and practices of commentators and policymakers, and to investigate the importance of suburbanites’ own cultural engagement.

Visit the website at: http://suburbs.exeter.ac.uk
Contact us at suburbs@exeter.ac.uk and Follow us on Twitter @CulturesSuburbs.

For more details about the BAAS conference, visit http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/research/conferences/baas2013/

Jill Sullivan
University of Exeter

PANEL SEARCH European Society for Environmental History Conference 20.-24.8.2013. Munich, Germany. Deadline: End August 2012

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European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) Conference
20-24 August 2013
Munich, Germany
http://www.eseh2013.org/

For the ESEH conference in Munich, August 2013, we are organizing a session on rediscovering and re-surfacing urban waters.
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PANEL SEARCH Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting Los Angeles 9.-13.4.2013 Session Title: Moving to Berlin – A Growing Laboratory of Urban Thought and Research. Deadline: 1.9.2012

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Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2013 Los Angeles April 9-13th.

Session Title: Moving to Berlin – A Growing Laboratory of Urban Thought and Research

Organizers:
Sandra Jasper, UCL Urban Laboratory; Department of Geography, University College London (UCL)
Sam Merrill, Department of Geography, University College London (UCL); Centre of Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin
Julia Binder, Urban Sociology, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

“Moving to Berlin” will use three paper sessions and a panel discussion to explore some of the key debates in urban research that have emerged from or through the city over the last two decades. As such, the session will examine relationships between Berlin as an empirical field of research and the critical concepts, discourses and debates that characterize its specific intellectual milieu. Following in the spirit of one of this year’s AAG Annual Meeting’s emerging themes -“Beyond the Los Angeles School”- we seek to critically discuss the potential
classification of Berlin as a ‘school of urban research’ that expands the way we think about cities in general whilst exploring the individual character and peculiarities of Berlin as a growing laboratory of urban thought and research.
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PANEL SEARCH “The Violence of Pluralism: Urban Transformations and New Political Subjectivities in the Rebellious Mediterranean.” Mersin, Turkey 20.-23.3.2013. Deadline 15.9.12

As part of the annual Mediterranean Meeting to be held in Mersin, Turkey (March 20-23, 2013) we are coordinating a workshop on the links between violence, pluralism, urbanism and the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East,
North Africa and Southern Europe. The title of the workshop (no. 11) is:

“The Violence of Pluralism: Urban Transformations and New Political Subjectivities in the Rebellious Mediterranean.”

http://www.eui.eu/DepartmentsAndCentres/RobertSchumanCentre/Research/InternationalTransnationalRelations/MediterraneanProgramme/MRM/Mrm2013.aspx

We seek empirical and theoretical papers addressing these processes from young and established scholars in the social sciences and humanities. Contemporary and historical perspectives are both welcome.
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PANEL SEARCH “The Violence of Pluralism: Urban Transformations and New Political Subjectivities in the Rebellious Mediterranean.” Mersin, Turkey 20.-23.3.2013, Deadline: 15.9.2012

As part of the annual Mediterranean Meeting to be held in Mersin, Turkey (March 20-23, 2013) we are coordinating a workshop on the links between violence, pluralism, urbanism and the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East, North Africa and Southern Europe. The title of the workshop (no. 11) is:

“The Violence of Pluralism: Urban Transformations and New Political Subjectivities in the Rebellious Mediterranean.”

http://www.eui.eu/DepartmentsAndCentres/RobertSchumanCentre/Research/InternationalTransnationalRelations/MediterraneanProgramme/MRM/Mrm2013.aspx

We seek empirical and theoretical papers addressing these processes from young and established scholars in the social sciences and humanities. Contemporary and historical perspectives are both welcome.

The 2011 Arab uprisings and indignados protests in cities throughout the Mediterranean basin have witnessed the rise of a new historical generation intimately tied to evolving social and urban landscapes. More than a year later, certain cities remain a crucial site for staging the ongoing struggles against the remnants of the old order in Arab countries or massive protests in European countries. Although often depicted as relatively peaceful, these popular revolts have generated forms of violence, which challenge our understanding of how urban pluralism within various boundaries and scales (ethnic, religious, spatial, etc.) has been managed in a comparative perspective. This workshop seeks to break away from simplistic Orientalist strands of scholarship, which emphasize antiquity, confinement or religiosity around Muslim or holy cities, as well as from colonial depictions of urban duality – a literature that too often overlooks inter-communal dynamics at the micro-level and underestimates social networking across ethnic divides. Instead, the workshop seeks papers that can shed light on the historical and contemporary urban transformations, which have favored the emergence of new political subjectivities and cross-sectarian alliances as well as violent communal conflicts.

The organizers will provide partial funding for travel expenses of select participants.

The deadline for abstract submission is September 15. Decisions will be made my early October. Final papers are due by February 15.

To send your abstract, fill in the online form at:
http://www.rscas.org/application/?p=apply&appl=mrm2013

Daniel Monterescu
Central European University

Benoit Challand,
New York University

PANEL SEARCH: GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM AND THE INNER CITY, Urban History Association (UHA) New York 26.-28.10.12. Deadline: 17.02.12

GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM AND THE INNER CITY

Urban History Association (UHA)
New York City, NY
26-28 October, 2012
http://uha.udayton.edu/conf.html

Deadline: 20 February, 2012

I am looking to form a panel for the Urban History Association
Conference in October on the history of how grassroots activism changed in
the inner city in the 1980s. Broadly speaking, the papers on this panel
examine how and by what methods ordinary citizens have sought to address
urban issues.

My own work examines the relationships and the obstacles that emerged
between inner city and suburban Catholics from the “Sharing” program in
the Archdiocese of Chicago in the 1980s. If you are interested, please
e-mail me off-list (kdryan@buffalo.edu) with a description of your topic
by Monday, February 20th.

Kevin Ryan
PhD Candidate
Department of History
University of Buffalo

PANEL SEARCH: CITY POLITICS, INTEREST GROUPS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, Urban History Association (UHA) New York 26.-28.10.12. Deadline: 17.02.12

CITY POLITICS, INTEREST GROUPS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Urban History Association (UHA)
New York City, NY
26-28 October, 2012
http://uha.udayton.edu/conf.html

Deadline: 17 February, 2012

I am seeking contributors to a panel on urban politics in the twentieth
century. My paper will examine how business groups came to represent the
public interest in twentieth century Los Angeles, and how that affected
federal as well as local policies. I can this panel incorporating
additional studies of “special interests” — as in who is seen as
representing the general public as opposed to a special interest — or
studies of federal – local interactions.

If interested, please send a message and paper proposal to Sarah Elkind < selkind@mail.sdsu.edu> by 17 February, 2012.

Sarah S. Elkind
Associate Professor
Department of History
San Diego State University

PANEL, CfP: CITY PLANNING EXHIBITS 26.-28.10.12 New York, USA. Deadline: 24.02.12

CITY PLANNING EXHIBITS

Urban History Association (UHA)
New York City, NY
26-28 October, 2012
http://uha.udayton.edu/conf.html

Deadline: Friday, February 24

We are hoping to complete a panel on “City Planning Exhibits” for the Urban
History Association conference in October. Generally, we are interested in
the ways in which urban reformers and planners have conceived of the city
as a system that could be rationalized and contained with proper planning,
as well as the ways these ideas were exhibited in public forums like
museums and cultural institutions. Strikingly, city plans — at least in
the first half of the 20th century — were often considered to be partly
scientific and partly artistic. This may contribute to the fact that
planning exhibits were shared in a range of cultural venues and drew broad
audiences.

The two papers we currently have are on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City
and Pittsburgh plans, which were exhibited in Pittsburgh at the request of
some of the advocates of the “Pittsburgh Renaissance,” and the 1908
“Congestion Exhibit” held in New York at the American Museum of Natural
History, which helped strengthen the argument in New York City for a master
city plan. We welcome topics that draw from interdisciplinary sources to
add depth to our panel.

Please submit a brief abstract of your topic to us off-list
(ramato@gc.cuny.edu and misaacson@gc.cuny.edu, kdryan@buffalo.edu) by
Friday, February 24.

Rebecca Amato and Mariel Isaacson
PhD candidates, History
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

PANEL SEARCH: URBAN ASSEMBLAGES AND COSMOPOLITICS “Design and displacement – Social studies of science and technology” 17.-20.10.12 Copenhagen

URBAN ASSEMBLAGES AND COSMOPOLITICS

“Design and displacement – Social studies of science and technology”
Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science
and Technology (EASST) and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
Copenhagen, Denmark
17-20 October, 2012
http://www.easst.net/conferences/easst2012.shtml

Deadline: 11 March, 2012

Large technical urban systems have represented a major source of science
and technology study (STS) insight and innovation (e.g. Hommels 2005)

[Ed. See Hommels, A. (2005). “STS and the City. Toward a productive fusion
between STS and urban studies?” Paper presented at the “Urban Science:
Re-Negotiating the Boundaries between Science, Technology and Society?”
workshop, Manchester UK, 12-14 January 2005].

However, the city, urban life, and urban politics have only recently been
subjected to the relentless relationalism of ANT and post-ANT studies. In
this context, the notion of ‘ urban assemblages’ (Farías and Bender 2009,
Blok 2011) has been mobilized to challenge a priori separations between
users-producers of urban space (e.g. expert/lay), and to establish an
explorative inquiry into the ways in which human and nonhuman entities come
together in the city. Focusing on urban assemblages involves depicting the
city as a multiple object, continuously crafted and performed at
distributed sites.

[Ed. Farías, Ignacio & Bender, Thomas (Eds.) (2009) _Urban Assemblages. How
Actor-Network Theory Changes Urban Studies. Questioning Cities_. London/New
York, NY: Routledge, XVII, 333 S.

Anders Blok (2011) “Urban Green Assemblages: An Ant View on Sustainable
City Building Projects” Paper presentation in conference “Linking STS and
the Social Sciences”. Seoul, South Korea.]

The assemblage approach to cities has not gone unnoticed in the larger field
of (critical) urban studies, where passionate debate is taking place about
the knowledge gains of STS and actor-network theory (ANT) (e.g. McFarlane
2011). Much of this debate concerns well-known STS issues of the proper
meaning of ‘politics’. From an assemblage perspective, urban controversy
cannot be reduced to the clash of human interests; rather, city-making
processes resembles a form of object-oriented ‘cosmopolitics’ (Latour
2004). To establish the value of ANT (and STS) approaches to the city, we
need more careful attention to how a common urban cosmos comes to be
constructed in and across multiple sites of human and non-human practice.

[Ed. Colin McFarlane (2011) “Assemblage and Critical Urbanism.” _CITY_
15(2)

Bruno Latour (2004) “Whose Cosmos? Which Cosmopolitics? A Commentary on
Ulrich Beck’s Peace Proposal” _Common Knowledge_ 10(3): 450-462.]

We welcome all paper presentations which, on the basis of empirical research,
aims to further develop an assemblage approach to city-making and/or the
study of urban cosmopolitics.

Please submit your abstract electronically via the webpage of the
conference:

http://www.4sonline.org/meeting

The deadline for abstract submissions is March 11.
For further information contact:

Ignacio Farias (farias@wzb.eu) or
Anders Blok (abl@soc.ku.dk)

Ignacio Farias
Senior Researcher
Cultural Sources of Newness Research Unit
Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)
http://www.wzb.eu/de/personen/ignacio-farias

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PANELSEARCH: Reimagining the City: Postwar International Expertise and the Built Environment New York, 26-28.10.12

REIMAGINING THE CITY: POSTWAR INTERNATIONAL EXPERTISE AND THE BUILT
ENVIRONMENT

Urban History Association (UHA)
New York City, NY
26-28 October, 2012
http://uha.udayton.edu/conf.html

Deadline: 17 February, 2012

This panel seeks a contributor to complement three graduate students
presenting papers on city planning and architecture in postwar cities in
the U.S., Latin America, and Europe/Soviet Union, respectively. We welcome
projects on any geographic region, but are particularly interested in
projects in Africa, South Asia, or East Asia that might contribute to the
global reach of the panel. Our papers will examine multinational
collaboration among built environment professionals in addressing rapid
urbanization along the US-Mexico border, in urban transportation networks
of three Latin American cities (Santiago, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City), and
in rebuilding the urban landscape of postwar Europe. How did competing
socialist and capitalist politics materialize in planning and building the
postwar urban environment?

If interested, please send a message and paper description to
ericalee@berkeley.edu , keady@berkeley.edu and/or andra.brosy@gmail.com .The
panel submission deadline is March 2; we ask that interested persons please
contact us by February 17th.

Erica Lee
PhD Candidate
Department of History
UC Berkeley

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