WORKSHOP, URBAN ACTIVISM Crises regimes and emerging social movements in cities of Southern Europe. Athens. 7.-9.2.2013

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Crisis regimes and emerging social movements in cities of Southern Europe

WORKSHOP

Athens 7. – 9. February 2013

An international workshop titled “Crisis regimes and emerging urban social movements in cities of Southern Europe” will take place in Athens from 7th to 9th February 2013. The workshop is organized by Encounter Athens, INURA Athens and the Public Policies and Government Institute of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. It is supported by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning of the National Technical University of Athens and it is funded by the Antipode Foundation.

The intention of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for exchanging experiences concerning the impacts of the current crisis in Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish cities and explore alternatives for radical action.

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Activists and scholars from Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain who are involved in social movements in their cities or who conduct relevant research have been invited to present their experiences about crisis in the cities of Southern Europe along three workshop themes: a) ultra-neoliberal urban development projects, b) housing in crisis and c) the local as a reference for new mobilizations, solidarity networks and actions. The workshop will also include presentations and discussions about the crisis regimes in South European countries and fieldtrips in Athens. Moreover, Margit Mayer, professor at the Free University of Berlin, and Boaventura de Sousa Santos, professor at the University of Coibra and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will reflect on the workshop’s topics.

Activists, scholars and other interested individuals or groups are welcomed to join the workshop and contribute to the discussions with their experience and comments. If willing to attend, please fill the attached registration form and send it to: encounterathens.mail.

More information: http://urbanrise.net/

Looking forward to seeing you in Athens!

The organizers:
Encounter Athens
INURA Athens
Public Policies and Government Institute of the AUB

URBANRISE_workshop_announcement.pdf

ACADEMICS, CFP: Stadtkolloquium Urban PhD Workshop. UCL, London. 25.-26.3.2013. Deadline: 15.1.2013

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*Stadtkolloquium* Interdisciplinary Urban PhD Research Group
4th Annual Workshop 2013 – 25 & 26th March
UCL, London

Call for papers

Stadtkolloquium, in conjunction with UCL’s Urban Laboratory, is pleased to announce its annual 2-day work shop for PhD research students in urban-related disciplines. The workshop will provide an open, informal and intimate space to collaborate and discuss progress amongst peers with regard to topical, theoretical, practical or methodological concerns. We therefore welcome contributions from students at all stages of the dissertation process.

*Stadtkolloquium* aims to create a supportive environment for urban researchers who to develop their work and meet PhD students from other departments and universities. The workshop is unique in that all participants agree to both present their work and support others in doing so in small group sessions. Organizers hope to generate lively round-table discussions on diverse urban questions across various academic disciplines including Geography, Architecture, History, Anthropology, Literature, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Fine Arts, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Health Sciences, Planning, Engineering and beyond.

The four thematic tracks for the 2013 workshop are:

A. Re-thinking urban economies
Explaining the growth and development of cities has been called ‘one of the great challenges for social science’ (Storper, 2011, p.33). But what is specifically ‘urban’ about the range of problems facing economies today? The increasing recognition of the partiality of urban development and growth policies (e.g. global cities; creative cities), the decoupling of economic growth from social and environmental development, the ongoing financial crisis and the emergence of austerity urbanism, as well as decreasing confidence in mainstream economics more generally, suggests that the scope for new ways of theorising, measuring and intervening in urban economies is significant. Contributions are welcomed from PhD students who are exploring some of the diverse ways in which we might re-think urban economies.

Key Words: urban economies; re-thinking economy; global cities; creative cities; ordinary cities; development; well-being; financial crisis; austerity urbanism

Chairs: Alvaro Sanchez Jimenez, Louis Moreno, Myfanwy Taylor

B. Post-colonial approaches to the city
An increasing amount of scholarship (Robinson 2006, Roy 2011) has emerged as a critique of the ways in which cities in the global South have been studied. This session aims to discuss cities in ways that respond to this post-colonial questioning of urban theory. How can concepts that emerged in the South, such as informality, be used in cities of the global North? How can empirical studies of cities beyond the West inform urban theory in general? How do concepts such as neo-liberalism or gentrification, change when examined in a non-Western context? The session is interested in theoretical approaches as well as methods of thinking ‘comparatively’
through both multi- and single case studies.

Key Words: Post-colonial theory, comparative urbanism, sub-altern theory
Chairs: Hanna Hilbrandt, Susana Neves Alves, Tauri Tuvikene

C. Managing the complex city
This session will explore pragmatic responses to the problem of managing cities and urban spaces understood to be complex. Such matters arise in the fields of urban design and planning, infrastructure, municipal governance and policy making where the unexpected, contingent, emergent and the nonquantifiable variously problematise efforts to control, order or regulate urban space and process. The session seeks to facilitate discussion of both empirical case studies and theoretical resources for dealing with such issues in urban scholarship.

Key words: complexity theory, contingency, emergence, urban governance, co-ordination
Chairs: Ine Steenmans, Regan Koch

D. Urban Assemblages
A dynamic worldview of flux and flow, uncertainty and complexity is being recognised more and more across all disciplines (Whatmore, 2006; De Landa 2006; Lash 2006; Deleuze and Guattari, 1987). But can these post-human, relational and flat ontologies cast a doubt at the appropriateness of the city as the unit of analysis for urban research? This track looks at the application of these approaches to specific cases of empirical urban research through attending to the rich array of human-nonhuman, material-immaterial, and mobile-immobile entanglements. It is specifically concerned with the empirical application of theoretical approaches like assemblages, networks, meshworks and constellations to urban research and the methodological and empirical challenges they bring about.

Keywords: Complexity, post-human, relational, materiality, assemblages, networks.
Chairs: Hayley Peacock, Pooya Ghoddousi

The workshop will take place on 25 & 26 March 2013 at University College London. On the first day, each participant will be given 20 minutes to present their work in small groups of 8 people, followed by 25 minutes of feedback and discussion. The second day will be dedicated to a plenary discussion, two keynote lectures and small group workshops based on accepted participant’s suggestions.

Call for papers
If you are interested in discussing your work, please send us an abstract (no more than 250 words) of the project you would like to present. Past participants have presented work ranging from upgrade documents, PhD outlines, sample dissertations chapters and journal papers in progress. Please note that while the intimate nature of the workshop provides a uniquely engaging experience, it also significantly limits the number of proposals we are able to accept. Competition for spaces in years past has been very tight.

In submitting an abstract, please include the following:

  1. title and 250 word abstract
  2. name, university, department, and year of study

Abstracts should be emailed to the respective track email:
Track A: myfanwy.taylor.09
Track B: tauri.tuvikene.10
Track C: ine.steenmans.09
Track D: pooya.ghoddousi.10

For general enquiries please email stadtkolloquium
Deadline for proposals: 15th of January 2013.
A small conference fee will apply (15 GBP).

For more information on *Stadtkolloquium* activities, previous workshops and feedback comments, please visit our website: www.stadtkolloquium.co.uk
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Contact – stadtkolloquium

UCL Urban Laboratory, www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab

WORKSHOP 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

ACUMEN: Assembly for Comparative Urbanisation and the Material Environment

Digital methodologies for social research on processes of urban landscape development

12th and 13th of December 2012, Leeds, UK

ACUMEN will be hosted by the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP), School of Geography, University of Leeds. It is funded by Digital Social Research Community Activities Funding Scheme of the NSDeSS, with the support of TALISMAN: Geospatial Data Analysis and Simulation.

ACUMEN will be an intensive meeting of minds focused on identifying the opportunities and challenges involved in enabling an emergent interdisciplinary research field. Its aim is to advance comparative methodologies for the social study of urbanisation processes through time and across cultures (i.e. prehistoric to contemporary) with particular connection to the material and/or built environment, aided by the use of digital technologies. It offers a rare opportunity to have extended learned discussions amongst peers in an intimate setting with appropriate focus. Continue reading WORKSHOP 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

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

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

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.
Continue reading 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

WORKSHOP The Creativity of Property: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Reinvention of Ownership. UCL, London, UK. 26.6.2012

The Creativity of Property: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Reinvention of Ownership
One-day workshop on the 26th of June at UCL

Aleksi Knuutila, UCL Anthropology (a.knuutila.11@ucl.ac.uk)
David Jeevendrampillai, UCL Anthropology (david.jeevendrampillai.10@ucl.ac.uk)
Gabrielle Ackroyd, UCL Anthropology (gabrielle.ackroyd.10@ucl.ac.uk)
The workshop invites contributions on the topic of property and ownership in moments of change, i.e. the way concepts, institutions and structures of ownership are being negotiated and reinvented, how notions of ownership are being symbolically challenged and promoted, and how the constraints of property elicit creative responses. It will explore what it is, in our times, to possess or author something; on what grounds a place belongs to people or people to a place; what it takes to claim something or to make it common for everyone; and how people are creatively making something of their own out of the institutions of property. It explores the reasons and consequences behind the constitution of property, showing how it fabricates certain categories of persons, groups and objects, and assigns originality or origination.
Continue reading WORKSHOP The Creativity of Property: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Reinvention of Ownership. UCL, London, UK. 26.6.2012

WS SEM: summerLab 2012, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit. Bucharest | Fuzzy Urbanisms, Zurich | Liminal Contours, Rome | Occupation City. First deadline: 11.06.2012

summerLab 2012
The Development Planning Unit, UCL is proud to announce the launch of its summerLab 2012 series coordinated by Dr. Camillo Boano, William Hunter, Anna Schulenburg and Giorgio Talocci. The workshop dates are:
Bucharest | Fuzzy Urbanisms  23 – 28 July
Zurich | Liminal Contours 6 – 11 August
Rome | Occupation City 10 – 15 September

DPU summerLab seeks to establish a unique rotating platform for in situ immersion and experimentation in urban environments where the boundaries of spatial agency are actively tested, hinging upon critical analysis and spatial knowledge development targeting undergraduate and graduate students as well as emerging professionals in design, architecture and planning. The workshops offer a vital testing ground for the resolution of spatial interventions with local socio-economic trends alongside embedded political contexts.

For more information and to apply please visit http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/dpu/programmes/summerlab/2012-series or contact Anna Schulenburg anna.schulenburg.10@ucl.ac.uk

WORKSHOP Mapping Spatial Relations, their Perceptions and Dynamics: the City Today and in the Past. Erfurt, Germany. 18.05.12

Lehr- und Forschungsbereich “Geschichte und Kulturen der Räume in der Neuzeit”, Philosophische Fakultät, Universität Erfurt

18.05.2012, Erfurt, IBZ – Internationales Begegnungszentrum der Universität Erfurt, Michaelisstraße 38, 99084 Erfurt

Cities have been producing their own maps, e.g. for purposes of representation, control or orientation, right from the beginning of the 15th century, if not before. The introduction of geo-information systems and Google-maps has given rise to the firm belief that it is possible to represent, in an objective way, our spatial environment, especially with regard to the cities we live in. While mapping and representation technologies have been constantly changing, the results have mostly remained the same, i.e. static and objective (or misleadingly objective) images of a city. These kinds of maps would seem to fail to take two major aspects into consideration: firstly, the evolution of urban form for which a dynamic map, a film or a dynamic 3D-model might provide more adequate means of representation and secondly, socio-spatial relations, i.e. the significance of forms and places, including perceptions of cities (as well as their perceived changes) which will always differ according to social, gender-based, internal/external or other points of view.
Continue reading WORKSHOP Mapping Spatial Relations, their Perceptions and Dynamics: the City Today and in the Past. Erfurt, Germany. 18.05.12

CfP Korea’s Place in the World: Now and Twenty Years Hence, Workshop. London. Deadline: 01.09.12

Korea’s Place in the World: Now and Twenty Years Hence

CALL FOR PAPERS

BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR KOREAN STUDIES

What is the future for the Korean peninsula, north and south, in the world of 2032? What are some major drivers of change that will create the Korea of 2032? What are possible scenarios for urbanisation and Korean cities? How will an immersive digital environment affect Korean culture and economy? What will the grey shift mean for Korean society and infrastructure in 2032?

The British Association for Korean Studies will hold a Workshop at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, on 17 November 2012 on the topic of ‘Korea’s Place in the World: Now and Twenty Years Hence’. We invite paper presenters to turn their

expertise to the future, particularly in the fields of urbanisation, demography, and the digital revolution, and consider Korea as a case study. We will favour proposals that address the impact of technology on society and social change, and papers from post-graduate students are particularly welcome. All full papers submitted will be considered for publication in the Papers of the British Association for Korean Studies, after a peer review.

Deadline for abstracts: 1 September 2012
Deadline for full papers: 1 November 2012 (for those with an intention towards publication in BAKS Papers)

Contact for Workshop:
Dr. Owen Miller
SOAS, University of London
(om4@soas.ac.uk http://soas.ac.uk)

James B. Lewis
jay.lewis@orinst.ox.ac.uk

University of Oxford

CfP Embodying Urban Asia Workshop, Singapore. 29.-30.11.12 Deadline: 23.07.12

EMBODYING URBAN ASIA

Workshop at the National University of Singapore

29 to 30 November 2012

http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1276

Deadline: 23 July 2012

Asian cities have attracted significant scholarly attention in recent years. Existing academic literature includes examination of the spatial effects of transforming economies, such as infrastructural challenges, projects of gentrification and new forms of social deprivation and segregation. This workshop provides a fresh perspective for discussing urban change in Asia through the specific focus on bodies and their sensorial experiences and indulgences. We hope to move beyond dichotomies of inclusion and exclusion, desired and undesired bodies. Instead, we explore how bodies experience and contribute to transforming urban cultures, practices and spaces. We investigate bodily habits as well as ideas and imaginations of bodies and how these create sensorially experienced realities and physicalities.

By engaging with ways of being in the city, we hope to unpack the many distinct, diverse and overlapping materialities, histories and realities that shape contentious urban negotiations. Some of the guiding questions are: How are Asian cities enlivened by bodies? How do the aspirations of Asian cities to become ‘world-class’ impact on bodily performances and emerging spaces? What are the performative spaces and cultural contexts

that shape bodies, and re-create notions of region, religion, class, caste and gender?

We welcome thick descriptions of negotiations of the lived, desired and imagined bodies and their transforming effect. Papers will provide nuanced understandings of processes of embodiment in Asian cities and theorise

urbanisation from the perspective of physical entanglement and sensual appropriation. Scholars across disciplines are invited to contribute to these debates theoretically, methodologically and poetically. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, works which:

  • Bring bodily performances in and sensual experiences of urban spaces to the centre stage
  • Engage with processes through which spaces and bodies are urbanized in Asia
  • Discuss the impact of urban growth on bodily practices beyond the discourse of other and othering to further complicate the reckonings of urban transformations in Asia.
  • Explores the manner in which different bodies, individually and collectively, claim, disturb or disrupt the disciplining agendas of the new urbanities

Ursula Rao u.rao@unsw.edu.au

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology

School of Social Sciences

University of New South Wales