CfP CONF Within the Limits of Scarcity: Rethinking Space, City and Practices. University of Westminster, London, 27.2.–1.3.2013

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Within the Limits of Scarcity:
Rethinking Space, City and Practices

27th February – 1st March 2013
University of Westminster, London

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Keynote Speakers:
Pier Vittorio Aureli, Architectural Association / Berlage Institute
Camillo Boano, The Bartlett – DPU UCL
Ole Bouman, Nederlands Architectuurinstituut
Erik Swyngedouw, University of Manchester

Scarcity is often considered as a fundamental condition of human societies. On the one hand, the state of not having enough has been at the bottom of a variety of strategies and techniques to overcome it; on the other, it has served as an explanatory argument for social order, for distribution or for conflict.
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CONF ACUMEN: Assembly for Comparative Urbanisation and the Material Environment Digital methodologies for social research on processes of urban landscape development, Leeds, UK, 12.-13.12.2012.

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ACUMEN: Assembly for Comparative Urbanisation and the Material Environment
Digital methodologies for social research on processes of urban landscape development

Leeds, UK, December 12-13, 2012.

The deadline for application forms is Friday the 2nd of November.
Registration for ACUMEN costs 25GBP

Link: http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/research/events/conferences/acumen-assembly-for-comparative-urbanisation-and-the-material-environment/

The number of participants is limited, but we do still actively encourage researchers to apply. We are looking for participants from various disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, incl. sociology, urban studies, archaeology, history, anthropology, architecture/planning, geography, etc., and especially those with an active interest in comparative social and material studies of urbanisation processes through time.
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CfP CONF (Re)constructing communities in Europe, 1918-1968. A venture into the discursive practices of community building Radboud University Nijmegen / Utrecht University – Soeterbeeck Study Center, 18.-20.12.2013. Deadline: 1.3.2012

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Call for Papers
International Conference
(Re)constructing communities in Europe, 1918-1968. A venture into the discursive practices of community building

Radboud University Nijmegen / Utrecht University – Soeterbeeck Study Center
18-20 December 2013

Theme
Conceptions of community were at the heart of inter- and post-war discourses of (re)construction, both in communist Eastern Europe and the democratic West.
Building on political and scientific discourses of community-building, and infused by the traumatic ruptures in (local) society during the Second World War, the idea of creating and sustaining social coherence became a shared consensus. At various levels, and referring to a variety of collectives, ‘community’ – Gemeinschaft, gemeenschap, communauté etc. – was perceived as imperative for stability, prosperity and welfare. This conference addresses the various discourses and conceptions of community in Europe in from the end of the First World War up until the late 1960s from a multilevel perspective – local, national and transnational – and through a focus on communicative practices. The latter refers to the embeddedness of community discourse in language, but also takes into account how this discourse is – performatively – acted out in social and politico-administrative practices.
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CONF International Conference of the Italian Association of Urban History – Waterfronts Revisited. The Transformation of the Port Cities and the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape. Rome, Italy. 9.11.2012

International Conference of the Italian Association of Urban History – AISU
Waterfronts Revisited. The Transformation of the Port Cities and the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape

November 9, 2012
CNR – National Research Council of Italy
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7 – Rome
Aula Marconi

Organized by the CNR – Institute for the Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage – Rome

Water cities represented a predominant urban form. Since ancient times, the foundation of a city has been linked to the choice of a site close to the water, a river or a natural harbor. Rivers, channels and harbors have determined the birth and the growth of many cities in Mediterranean, European and American or Asian countries up to recent times. Since 1970s, however, deindustrialization resulted in the abandonment of a large number of harbor sites. To face the urban and social decay a movement to revitalize and recover these areas, known as waterfront development, has appeared and gradually grown. Looking back to this experience, we can easily see that the waterfront has been mainly conceived as a separate part of the city, detached from the surrounding
territory and its characteristics, introducing new functions (cultural, leisure, green areas and parks).
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CONF CfP “Colonial and Postcolonial Urban Planning in Africa” Lisbon, Portugal. 5.-6.9.2013. Deadline: 15.1.2013

International Planning History Society (IPHS) & Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal

“COLONIAL AND POSTCOLONIAL URBAN PLANNING IN AFRICA”
Lisbon, Portugal 5-6 September 2013

The Conference – Colonial and Postcolonial Urban Planning in Africa – aims to re-examine the history of colonial urban planning in Africa and its legacies in the post-independence period, to learn from contemporary African scholarship, and to discuss how postcolonial urban planning cultures can actually address these urban challenges and contribute effectively for the development of resilient and sustainable cities in Africa.

The Conference, to be held in Lisbon, in September 2013, organized by the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning – University of Lisbon and the International Planning History Society (IPHS), will explore two key themes in the history of urban planning in Africa:

Theme I 19th and 20th Century Colonial Urban Planning in Africa

Theme II Postcolonial Urban Planning in Africa
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CONF, CfP British Association of American Studies(BAAS) Conference “Head West”. University of Exeter, UK. 18.-21.4.2013. Deadline: 1.11.2012

“Head West”
British Association for American Studies 58th Annual Conference

A 4-day conference to be held at the University of Exeter, 18-21 April 2013

We are delighted to announce that three plenary speakers have already been confirmed:

  • Paul Gilroy, Anthony Giddens Professor of Social Theory at the London School of Economics
  • Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture, Urbanism and American Studies at Yale University
  • Anders Stephanson, Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Professor of History at Columbia University

The conference will begin after lunch on Thursday 18th April and will close after lunch on Sunday 21st April.

American Studies at Exeter
American Studies has a long-standing presence at the University of Exeter. The research interests of staff include transatlantic literary relations, American criminality, film noir, the literature of the suburbs, the Hollywood blockbuster, US immigration, Seattle in the 1990s, the American musical, the culture of the American South, Irish American identities and literature, childhood in America, the Ku Klux Klan, and contemporary American comics. The University holds several major resources that are of interest to American Studies scholars, notably the American Music Collection (one of the largest archives of American popular music outside the United States) and the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture.

Exeter is located 12 miles from the sea, in the county of Devon, home to several Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dartmoor National Park and the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.

Call For Papers
There is no overarching theme to the conference, and papers and panel proposals are welcomed on any subject that falls under the remit of American Studies. We invite proposals from individuals and from other interest groups including associations linked to BAAS, such as the APG, BGEAH, BrANCH, and HOTCUS. Half a century after 1963, we invite proposals inspired by the events of that year and the tumultuous decade that followed. 2013 also represents the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and we welcome suggestions for related papers and panels.

Proposals for 20-minute presentations should be a maximum of 250 words and include a provisional title. Proposals by two or more people sharing a common theme are warmly invited and we welcome panels that cross disciplinary boundaries. The conference organisers hope to continue the initiative shown at previous BAAS Annual Conferences by scheduling roundtable discussions and innovative panel presentations, and we encourage such proposals as appropriate.

All proposals should be submitted to baas2013@exeter.ac.uk by 1 November 2012.

Further Information
Conference Flyer
Gala Dinner Menu

Registration Details
Registration Form will be available soon
Online booking will be available soon

Venues & Accommodation
For further information, please contact the conference organisers

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

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

CONF, CfP Sixth Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth – “Space and Childhood in History”. University of Nottingham, UK. 25.-27.6.2012. Deadline: 31.10.2012

Call for Papers, Society for the History of Children and Youth, June 25-27, 2013

Conference Theme: “Space and Childhood in History”

The Sixth Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth will be held June 25-27, 2013,  at the University of Nottingham in Great Britain.

The Program Committee invites scholars to submit proposals for formal panels, roundtable discussions, and  research-in-progress workshops on any aspect of the histories of children and youth, from any place and in any era. But we are especially interested in sessions that examine and compare how space and childhood are mutually constitutive in historically and geographically specific settings. Our call, inspired by the French political philosopher Henri Lefebvre, posits that for any person, including children and youth, there is a dynamic rather than a static relationship between a physical place, its social make-up, and childhood as an ideal or imagined condition. The production of space, as Lefebvre famously insisted, happens in the physical world, the social world, and the imagined world. We ask scholars to investigate space not just as a backdrop for the lived experiences of children but as a tangible, social, and discursive construction, which shapes and is shaped by the lives and  experiences of children. Although committee prefers proposals for complete sessions and panels that incorporate international representation and global perspectives, individual papers will also be considered.

Session guidelines
Sessions will last approximately 90 minutes. At least fifteen minutes should be reserved for audience discussion. This may mean fewer – or shorter – formal papers, entertaining comments from the audience rather than scheduling a formal commentator, etc.

Submitting proposals
In order to be considered for the program, proposals must be received no later than October 31, 2012. They should include the following information:

  1. Session title (or title of individual paper)
  2. The session organizer’s name, department, institution, address, and e-mail address
  3. The following information for all participants:
    1. Names and roles (paper-presenter, chair, discussant, etc.)
    2. department and institution
    3. address and e-mail address
  4. 250-word abstract for each paper
  5. 2-pp. CV for each participant
  6. Please state what, if any, audio-visual technology will be required for each session or paper.

All parts of the proposal should be gathered into one PDF document and sent as an email attachment to james.marten@marquette.edu. The program committee will finalize decisions no later than January 31,
2013.

Direct queries to the co-chairs of the program committee:
James Marten, Marquette University, james.marten@marquette.edu
Marta Gutman, City College of New York, mgutman@ccny.cuny.edu

The other members of the committee are:
Margot Hillel, Australian Catholic University
Mary Clare Martin, University of Greenwich
Dirk Schumann, Universität Göttingen
Nicholas Syrett, University of Northern Colorado

Marta Gutman
City College of New York

CONF, CfP “The Transformation of Urban Britain since 1945”. University of Leicester, UK. 9./10.7.2013. Deadline: 1.2.2013

Call for Papers
The Transformation of Urban Britain since 1945

A conference organised by the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester, 9-10 July 2013

Plenary Speakers: John Gold (Oxford Brookes); Frank Mort (Manchester); Guy Ortolano (New York University); Selina Todd (St Hildas, Oxford)

During the second half of the twentieth century the towns and cities of Britain were transformed more extensively than at any period since the industrial revolution. Millions of people were moved from the centre of cities to new urban settlements in what Alison Ravetz called ‘the greatest internal migration in British history’; whole manufacturing industries and their associated communities and cultures, which had dominated much of urban Britain north of the Trent for two centuries, were swept away in a matter of decades; and the steady influx of peoples from the old empire and Europe created new community formations and ultimately a multicultural Britain which was also overwhelmingly urban. Britain’s towns and cities today are barely recognisable from the drab and damaged places that emerged from the Second World War.
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CONF, CfP “Grassroots in the City: Urban Movements and Activism in Central and Eastern Europe”. Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden. 24./25.05.2013. Deadline: 1.12.2012

Call for Papers (pdf)

International conference on Grassroots in the City: Urban Movements and Activism in Central and Eastern Europe

Conference venue: Södertörn University, southern Stockholm, Sweden

Dates: 24-25 May 2013

The conference seeks to gather researchers working in the field of social movements and civic activism in the urban environment of Central and Eastern Europe. The aim is to discuss the prerequisites for, and forms of, collective action in cities in this social context.
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