Conference – Interrogating urban crisis in Leicester

3 Apr

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The Urban Studies/Urban Studies foundation sponsor a conference on “Interrogating Urban Crisis: Governance, Contestation and Critique“, to be held at De Montfort University in Leicester (UK), from Monday 9th – Wednesday 11th September 2013. The organizers offer free registration, subsistence and accommodation to those whose proposals are accepted. Deadline for abstract is the 3rd of May. More info below.
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 facilitate far-reaching international comparisons among critical scholars, governors and activists. We encourage contributions undertaking comparison directly and indirectly, or otherwise addressing the problem of international, transnational and comparative relevance.  Critical governors and activists will be a vital experiential and evidential anchor for the event.  We warmly welcome proposals for non-academic contributions, such as story-telling, experience-based reflections 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 stream for their contribution.

Stream 1: Governing Urban Crises

How are understandings of, responses to and defences against crisis constituted through urban governance?

Stream 2: Contesting Urban Crises

What is the role of cities and urban societies in fostering resistance to the depredations of crisis – and to crisis narratives?  What, in particular, is the potential for envisioning and enacting post-neoliberal urbanisms?

Stream 3: Critical Research on Urban Crises

What are the theoretical and methodological challenges of conducting critical comparative studies of crisis-governance, resistance and transformation?

Conference Proposals

Academic abstracts and suggestions for non-academic contributions of up to 300 words should be submitted to the conference manager, Suzanne Walker, at swalker@dmu.ac.uk , by Friday 3rd May 2013.  Proposals should include the following information: name(s), workplace, title of contribution, details of contribution (including the comparative
contribution) and preferred stream (governing, contesting or researching).

Urban Studies-Urban Studies Foundation Funding

Thanks to generous support from Urban Studies and the Urban Studies Foundation, we can offer free registration, subsistence and accommodation to those whose proposals are accepted.  We are also able to part-subsidise travel expenses, with priority for contributors requiring long-haul flights.

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