Conference – Interrogating Urban Crisis

19 Feb


Perhaps a bit too far from Australia, but here is a nice conference opportunity in the UK, from Monday 9 September to Wednesday 11 September 2013. The organizers are offering substantial scholarships to attend – which is always an interesting thing! More information on the conference can be found here. Deadline for abstract is the 29th of March, 2013.

From the organizers website:

Urban scholarship is pre-occupied with the implications of an enduring economic crisis, which poses challenges and threats to cities far beyond those directly caught up in the crash.  Yet, comparative research on the urban dimensions of crisis is still at a premium. Inspired by the Urban Studies/Urban Studies Foundation mission to promote critical and comparative urban research, we invite contributions from established academics, early career researchers, graduate students and critical governors and activists worldwide, addressing our conference theme: ‘Interrogating Urban Crisis: Governance, Contestation and Critique’.  How is crisis understood, narrated, governed, contested and researched from the perspective of cities and urban societies, in and beyond places directly affected by the crash?  Can cities in the West learn from counterparts in the East and South about evading, contesting and overcoming crises – or vice-versa?

The conference mission is to conduct and facilitate far-reaching international comparisons. We encourage contributions undertaking comparison directly and indirectly, or otherwise addressing the problem of international, transnational and comparative relevance.  Critical governors and activists are welcome to submit papers, but are also a vital experiential and evidential anchor for the event.  We warmly welcome proposals for non-academic contributions, such as story-telling and critical policy forums.  The conference will be organised into three parallel streams: governing, contesting and researching urban crises.  Proposers are asked to highlight the most relevant for their contribution.


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