Envisaging L'Aquila
edited by Alessandro Coppola

Regards on the Crisis in Europe \ pt. I

(picture credit: detail from a wall by ericailcane)


We are launching an edited book project on the crisis in Europe. We move from the assumption that the current crisis is not simply an economic one, but part of larger moment of epoch-making social, historical and civilizational transformation. We begin from Europe not because we think it’s special (“nur im Okzident”) but because it’s where we live and it’s the place we know better. We are open to contributions and reports form all Eu countries, as well as to further suggestions concerning the project. Our aim is to go beyond generalized and stereotyped narratives, prepackaged solutions to the evils of the world, as well as technical jargon, in order to collect reflections that might stir fruitful public (and common!) discussion in comparative perspective.

We think this is a crucial topic for debate right now.

We will be publishing the reports gradually, as we receive them, and finally publish the whole series as a collected book, both online and on paper. Please address your queries and proposals to : andrea.mubi@gmail.com


We begin the series by publishing Stavros Stavrides’ impressive report about Greece:

Stavros Stavrides, Communities of crisis, squares in movement

Urban Transcripts

“Urban Transcripts 2011, Rome, the accidental city” is an Urban Transcripts initiative in partnership with:  Facoltà di Architettura dell’Università degli Studi Roma Tre  /  Dipartimento di Studi Urbani dell’Università degli Studi Roma Tre  /  ESC Atelier


call for projects in the visual arts, theory and research, architecture and urban design.

deadline for registrations of interest: 30.09.2011
deadline for project submissions (preview material): 07.10.2011
deadline for the submission of finalised projects: 05.12.2011

Urban Transcripts 2011, Rome, the accidental city

We invite you to explore the accident(al) in the city of Rome: the accident(al) which happens over time and transforms the ‘essence’ of
the city that would otherwise remain unchanged, the accident(al) which adds surprise and complexity to our reality and challenges our
understanding of the city, the accident(al) which generates the energy to recreate and reshape the city.

Interested participants are invited to register by 30.09.2011 and submit their project’s preview material by 07.10.2011. The Project
Review Committee will select projects based on the preview material submitted. Selected participants have until the beginning of December
to finalise their projects.

registration form:

for more information:


Avviso per la presentazione di paper e progetti  inerenti l’architettura,  il progetto urbano e  visual art.

scadenza per la manifestazione di interesse: 30 settembre 2011
scadenza per la presentazione dei progetti (anteprima dei materiali): 7 ottobre 2011
scadenza per la consegna dei materiali definitivi: 5 dicembre 2011

Urban Transcripts 2011, Rome, the accidental city

Vi invitiamo all’esplorazione dell’accidentale che Roma nasconde: l’accidentale che ha luogo in ogni tempo e che trasforma l’”essenza” della città, senza la quale essa rimarrebbe sempre uguale a sé stessa; l’accidentale che regala imprevedibilità e complessità alla nostra realtà, sfidando la nostra capacità di comprensione dell’urbano; l’accidentale da cui sprigiona l’energia per ri-creare e ri-configurare la città.

Gli interessati sono invitati a registrarsi entro il 30 settembre e ad inoltrare una anteprima del proprio progetto entro il 7 ottobre
2011. Un Comitato di Valutazione selezionerà i progetti sulla base dei materiali provvisori inviati. I partecipanti selezionati avranno
tempo sino agli inizi di dicembre per ultimare i propri progetti.

registration form:

per informazioni:

Planning / Conflict

Workshop Castellanza Marnate Olgiate Olona (VA), 5-18 Settembre 2011

Flyer : pdf

+ info : http://ww.diap.polimi.it ; http://www.urbanhybridization.net/

Citizenship After Orientalism

The Oecumene project launches its first Symposium
Citizenship after Orientalism
6-11 February 2012, The Open University, Milton Keynes

The Symposium will include:
A Conference ‘Opening the Boundaries of Citizenship’ [6-7 February],
An International PhD School ‘Tracing Colonialism and Orientalism in Social and Political Thought’ [8 February],
A series of workshops addressing specific topics on critical new ways of conceptualising citizenship [9-11 February].

Keynote speakers: Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley), Paul Gilroy (LSE), Bryan Turner (CUNY), Engin Isin (The Open University).
PhD School Conveners: Ian Almond (Georgia State University), Roberto Dainotto (Duke University).

The first Symposium will explore what it means to open up the boundaries of citizenship. How can we give an account of other ways of being political? Which political practices have been rendered inarticulable as political by exclusionary ideas of citizenship? These questions seem most relevant today, in light of the contemporary re-articulation of orientalist and colonial projects, the increasing popular discontent towards renewed exclusionary logics, and the contested meanings of democratic politics across boundaries.

The call for papers and applications are now open.
For further details please see the files attached or visit the website: www.oecumene.eu

Symposium details

Call for papers

+ info: Engin Isin @ The Open University ; Engin Isin personal website

Tracce urbane 2011 — Call for posters!

Ferrara 27-28 giugno 2011
Polo Umanistico degli Adelardi, via Adelardi 33

Call for poster per studenti dottorandi e giovani studiosi

Deadline : 31 maggio 2011


Ethnography, diversity and urban space

Call for Papers
COMPAS, University of Oxford
22-23 September 2011

For further information about the conference and COMPAS’ research on urban change and settlement, please visit http://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/research/urbanchange/

Download the Call in pdf

Exploring the White Spaces of Organization

Organization Studies Special Issue

Guest Editors:
Damian O’Doherty (University of Manchester)
Christian De Cock (Swansea University)
Alf Rehn (Åbo Akademi University)
Karen Lee Ashcraft (University of Colorado)

Deadline: July 31st 2011

Download the Call in pdf

Fonder les sciences du territoire

Appel à communications
Colloque international du GIS Collège International des Sciences du Territoire

23-24-25 novembre 2011
Espace Isadora Duncan – Campus Meudon Bellevue du CNRS

Site web www.colloque.gis-cist.fr

Download the Call for Papers (FR+ENG)

Fonder les sciences du territoire

Appel à communications
Colloque international du GIS Collège International des Sciences du Territoire

23-24-25 novembre 2011
Espace Isadora Duncan – Campus Meudon Bellevue du CNRS


Définir les sciences du territoire
L’importance des enjeux territoriaux justifie-t-elle une nouvelle discipline qui leur soit dédiée ? Un cas de figure un peu moins ambitieux serait la constitution des sciences du territoire comme champ interdisciplinaire, de la même façon que d’autres sciences sont apparues aux marges de plusieurs disciplines, constituant soit des disciplines charnières (biochimie, astrophysique…), soit des ensembles englobant plusieurs disciplines (sciences cognitives, systèmes complexes…). Dans le cas de figure le plus réducteur, le territoire constituerait un simple objet multidisciplinaire.

L’information territoriale
Ce thème porte sur la capacité des bases de données territoriales à tenir compte des interactions entre les échelles globale, régionale, locale et micro locale ; sur l’intégration des données appartenant à des champs différents (question des métadonnées et de la variété normatives des données selon les pays et les institutions productrices) ; sur les implications de l’intégration temporelle des données pour l’analyse prospective ; sur l’interopérabilité des informations. Il porte aussi sur la production d’outils de visualisation des données et d’outils d’aide à la décision.

Mobilités, identités et territoires
Ce thème porte sur l’articulation entre territoires et identités dans un contexte de mobilité croissante et de complexification des parcours individuels. Il s’intéresse à l’articulation des différentes temporalités de la mobilité en lien avec leurs inscriptions spatiales. Il questionne le territoire comme matériau de « fabrique identitaire », qu’il soit produit par l’action politico-administrative dans le cas de découpages territoriaux (maillages, frontières, territoires de l’action publique..), ou approprié de manière individuelle ou collective dans la formation d’un sentiment d’appartenance. Il envisage le territoire comme une ressource mobilisée inégalement par les individus, les groupes et les institutions.

Conflits, compromis et gouvernance territoriale
Les nouveaux enjeux de la gouvernance (conflits et compromis entre des acteurs de plus en plus diversifiés, concurrence entre les normes selon les contextes culturels, efficience de l’action publique et des nouvelles régulations de l’échelle locale à l’échelle internationale) peuvent être mieux compris en les testant sur des territoires, dont certains se révèlent particulièrement éclairants : territoires transfrontaliers, biens communs, grandes régions plurinationales (l’Europe et ses voisinages, etc.).

Risques et territoires
La demande sociale est croissante sur le thème des risques : importance des outils pour informer les acteurs de terrains sur les enjeux, multiplication des études et des plans de prévention, mais absence fréquente de préparation des autorités publiques en particulier dans les pays en développement. La nécessité d’analyser l’ensemble de la chaîne du risque (« naturel », technologique…) demande un décloisonnement : entre disciplines ; entre recherche et demande sociale ; entre les différentes composantes que l’approche territoriale permet d’intégrer : causes (souvent systémiques), aléa, crise, gestion de la crise, évaluation des vulnérabilités et prévention.

Biodiversité et territoires
La dimension spatiale des interactions entre les sociétés et la biodiversité au sein de territoires et de paysages est un bon poste d’observation de la co-évolution des systèmes sociaux et de la biodiversité : quels sont les effets des changements de la biodiversité sur les sociétés ? Quels sont les effets d’éventuels réarrangements spatiaux d’espèces, de populations ou de gènes sur ces territoires ? Comment gérer des masses d’informations toujours plus importantes et en tirer des recommandations pour les politiques spatialisées ?

Agricultures, territoires et développement durable
L’agriculture est passée d’un statut volontiers décrit comme celui d’un secteur du passé, au statut d’un domaine d’enjeux transversaux de première importance : concurrence croissante sur l’accès aux ressources agroalimentaires (sécurité alimentaire, rachats de terres par des Etats étrangers…), protection sanitaire des consommateurs, préservation des ressources naturelles, maintien de la biodiversité, de la diversité culturelle. Cette transversalité a une dimension territoriale essentielle.

Territoires et santé
Telle que l’OMS la définit, la santé est une notion particulièrement transversale qui implique la satisfaction des besoins fondamentaux de la personne : affectifs, sanitaires, nutritionnels, sociaux ou culturels. Les territoires jouent un rôle important pour caractériser et comprendre le niveau sanitaire d’une population, pour analyser et mettre en oeuvre les systèmes de soin, pour repérer les alertes et prévenir les risques de contagion (observatoires de santé publique).

Autres thèmes
Des chercheurs souhaitant proposer une communication dans un autre thème que ceux indiqués pourront le faire, à condition de se placer dans le triptyque : théorisation du champ interdisciplinaire des sciences du territoire / information territoriale / demande sociale.

La proposition de communication devra être rédigée en français ou en anglais, et se conformer au modèle disponible sur le site du colloque. Cette proposition devra être comprise entre 12 000 et 16 000 signes. Chaque proposition sera expertisée par le Comité scientifique du colloque.

Soumission des propositions au plus tard le 15 juin 2011, adressées à chloe.didelon@gis-cist.fr

Réponse du Comité scientifique aux auteurs le 13 juillet 2011.

La totalité des communications acceptées seront publiées dans des Actes du colloque qui seront disponibles à l’ouverture du colloque. Par ailleurs la synthèse scientifique du colloque ainsi qu’une version plus longue de certaines communications pourront faire l’objet d’une autre publication scientifique sous forme d’ouvrage collectif ou de numéro spécial de revue.

Pierre BECKOUCHE, directeur, CIST, pierre.beckouche@univ-paris1.fr
Chloé DIDELON, CIST, chloe.didelon@gis-cist.fr
Site web www.colloque.gis-cist.fr


Download the Call in pdf

Animation of Public Space through the Arts: Innovation and Sustainability


28-30 September 2011
Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra
Coimbra, Portugal


The Centre for Social Studies (CES), University of Coimbra, Portugal, together with the Utrecht School for the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands; the Small Cities Community-University Research Alliance at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada; and the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCACT) thematic area on ‘Urban management and cultural policy of the city’ will organize a second annual symposium on Animation of Public Space through the Arts: Innovation and Sustainability.

The leading question of the 2011 symposium is how innovative artistic animation of public spaces can contribute to building more sustainable cities. Community sustainability is viewed as encompassing and intertwining environmental, cultural, social, and economic sustainability and resiliency. The forum will explore and advance arts-based approaches to sustainable city building, public engagement, and animation of public space by bringing together interdisciplinary researchers, students, and practitioners to share experiences and insights.

Among the discussion themes are:

·     Animation of public space through artistic practices

·     Sustainable use of public space

·     Urban-nature interactions

·     Community change, public engagement, and social sustainability

·     Community transitions and sustainabilities

·     Heritage and memory in the context of cultural sustainability

·     Creativity and innovation for sustainability

·     Sustainability and creative education

In the framework of the symposium there will be a special presentation and event with artists involved in Coimbra’s 1976 “Week of art in the streets” and special art commissions organized by Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra (CAPC), a Centre for Contemporary Art.

The symposium topics will be also explored in two artistic workshops (Friday, 30th of September 2011):

1.       Theatre workshop ‘Animation of Public Space through Innovative Artistic Practices’: Sustainable Lifestyles Project

2.       Eco-cultural Mapping workshop ‘Artistic Approaches to Reengagement with Natural Public Spaces’

Other partners for the Symposium include:

University of Coimbra ‘Cities and Urban Cultures’ MA and PhD programmes
University of Coimbra Department of Architecture – Architecture; Design and Multimedia programmes
Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra (CAPC) – Centre for Contemporary Art, Coimbra, Portugal
O Teatrão, Coimbra, Portugal
Pier K, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
STUT Theatre, Utrecht, The Netherlands

If you are interested in presenting at the symposium or within one of the workshops, please send us a proposal on your research, artistic project, or other initiative. Please include the following information:

·     Full contact information
·     Title for presentation or contribution
·     Intended delivery context, i.e., at the Symposium, within one of the Workshops, or Other
·     Format, if not a presentation
·     Key themes addressed
·     Abstract about your presentation / project (200 words)

Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2011

Proposals will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee for the Symposium.

For additional information, please contact the coordinator of the event, Dr. Nancy Duxbury, Centre for Social Studies (CES), email: duxbury@ces.uc.pt

Conference »radius of art«

8th and 9th February 2012
Heinrich Boell Foundation, Schumannstrasse 8, Berlin

The conference’s aim is to promote an exchange of views about different approaches and experiences with forms of international cultural cooperation and to formulate common targets for future collaboration. Hence the event makes a contribution to the international debate on the interaction of culture and development, with particular emphasis on the relevance of arts and culture for societal processes of democratization.

To this end, the participating cultural institutions, artists and other partners from the fields of art, culture and social sciences will present concrete examples of their work, both to evaluate the overall situation and to provide a basis for a vivid exchange. In addition, there will be introductory lectures on current theoretical discourse concerning the role and importance of art and culture in social development, enabling the structures of decisionmaking in cultural and development politics to be expanded and questioned. Participative procedures will be employed to pool and integrate the knowledge of conference participants and thereby deepen the exchange among individual networks.

The conference will conclude with a discussion about the kinds of structural reforms required in regard to the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity, so that cultural development projects as well as controversial public art projects might receive the recognition they deserve within the sphere of international cooperation.

Contact: radius@boell-sh.de

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Norbert Elias, Social Theory and Key Issues

Call for contributions

Laurentian University, Canada, and
Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Submissions: May 1, 2011

Norbert Elias has become one of the most important social scientists of the 20th century. His name has appeared frequently in textbooks and his books have been re-edited and translated all over the world.

Our aim is to publish a book presenting rigorous comparisons between the work of Norbert Elias and other social (or human) scientists, either classical or contemporary. We welcome texts which analyze and compare the work of Norbert Elias with significant classical and contemporary thinkers such as (but not limited to) P. Bourdieu, E. Cassirer, M. Foucault, S. Freud, B. Latour, K. Marx, G. Simmel and M. Weber.

The comparison can also be on specific issues or concepts, such as: the formation of the State, the significance of violence in the contemporary world, the concept of social class, the critique of positivism, the relation between sociology and history or sociology and psychology, the relation between engagement and detachment, or the critique of the dualism between the society and the individual. In this case, it is expected that the text would compare the work of Norbert Elias to the contribution of other key specialists of the selected issue.

Texts on other related issues could also be accepted. We welcome contributions from all the disciplines. Texts should be limited to 20 pages (Times New Roman 12, double space), including bibliography.

Deadline for receiving the texts: May 1, 2011

Please submit your text by email, on Word to: Francois Depelteau, fdepelteau@laurentian.ca and Tatiana S. Landini, tatiana.landini@unifesp.br

Visible Numbers: Essays on the History of Statistical Graphics

Call for Proposals

This volume will offer readers essays that represent the next generation of thinking about the development of statistical graphics. Now that we have reclaimed overlooked graphic practitioners such as William Playfair, Charles Minard, Florence Nightingale, and John Snow, we wish to dig deeper, analyzing what the development of statistical graphics means in social, cultural, rhetorical, historical, and theoretical terms. We are also interested in essays that cover new ground by bringing unnoticed developments to light.

Visible Numbers has already received considerable interest from a publisher.

Proposals for essays should be approximately 500 words, specifying the topic, justifying the approach you plan to take, and positioning the proposed essay in existing scholarship. Submit proposals by e-mail to both Charles Kostelnick (chkostel@iastate.edu) and Miles Kimball (miles.kimball@ttu.edu) by August 1, 2011.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Miles A. Kimball, Associate Professor Of Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Texas Tech University
Charles J. Kostelnick, Professor of English, Iowa State University

+ info: http://visiblenumbersbook.blogspot.com

1st Global Conference Space and Place

Wednesday 14th September – Friday 16th September 2011 Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Questions of space and place affect the very way in which we experience and recreate the world. Wars are fought over both real and imagined spaces; boundaries are erected against the “Other” constructed a lived landscape of division and disenfranchisement; and ideology constructs a national identity based upon the dialectics of inclusion and exclusion. The construction of space and place is also a fundamental aspect of the creative arts either through the art of reconstruction of a known space or in establishing a relationship between the audience and the performance. Politics, power and knowledge are also fundamental components of space as is the relationship between visibility and invisibility. This new inter- and multi-disciplinary conference project seeks to explore these and other topics and open up a dialogue about the politics and practices of space and place. We seek submissions from a range of disciplines including archaeology, architecture, urban geography, the visual and creative arts, philosophy and politics and also actively encourage practioners and non-academics with an interest in the topic to participate.
We welcome traditional papers, preformed panels of papers, workshop proposals and other forms of performance – recognising that different disciplines express themselves in different mediums. Submissions are sought on any aspect of space and place, including the following:

1. Theorising Space and Place

  • * Philosophies and space and place
  • * Surveillance, sight and the panoptic structures and spaces of contemporary life
  • * Rhizomatics and/or postmodernist constructions of space as a “meshwork of paths” (Ingold: 2008)
  • * The relationship between spatiality and temporality/space as a temporal-spatial event (Massey: 2005)
  • * The language and semiotics of space and place

2. Situated Identities

  • * Gendered spaces including the tension between domestic and public spheres
  • * Work spaces and hierarchies of power
  • * Geographies and archaeologies of space including Orientalism and Occidentalism
  • * Ethnic spaces/ethnicity and space
  • * Disabled spaces/places
  • * Queer places and spaces

3. Contested spaces

  • * The politics and ideology of constructions and discourses of space and place including the construction of gated communities as a response to real/imagined terrorism.
  • * The relationship between power, knowledge and the construction of place and space
  • * Territorial wars, both real and imagined.
  • * The relationship between the global and the local
  • * Barriers, obstructions and disenfranchisement in the construction of lived spaces
  • * Space and place from colonisation to globalisation
  • * Real and imagined maps/cartographies of place
  • * Transnational and translocal places

4. Representations of place and space

  • * Embodied/disembodied spaces
  • * Lived spaces and the architecture of identity
  • * Haunted spaces/places and non-spaces
  • * Set design and the construction of space in film, television and theatre
  • * Authenticity and the reproduction/representation of place in the creative arts
  • * Technology and developments in the representation of space including new media technologies and 3D technologies of viewing
  • * Future cities/futurology and space
  • * Representations of the urban and the city in the media and creative arts
  • * Space in computer games

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 22nd April 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 22nd July 2011. 300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:  a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract E-mails should be entitled: SP Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
Shona Hill & Shilinka Smith, Conference Leaders, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, New Zealand
E-mail: shs@inter-disciplinary.net

Colette Balmain, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, London, United Kingdom
E-mail: cb@inter-disciplinary.net

Rob Fisher Network Founder and Network Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. E-mail: sp@inter-disciplinary.net

Le peuplement : catégorie insaisissable des politiques urbaines ?

Colloque international organisé par les laboratoires CERAPS (CNRS UMR 8026), EVS (CNRS UMR 5600), TRIANGLE (CNRS UMR 5206)

Université Jean Monnet de Saint-Etienne et TRIANGLE-ENS Lyon
17 et 18 novembre 2011


1. Le peuplement comme objet de recherche : défis théoriques et méthodologiques

2. Le peuplement comme objectif des politiques urbaines

3. Le peuplement : (dé)politisations, récits et controverses

Les propositions de communication (5 000 signes maximum) sont à envoyer aux trois organisateurs par courrier électronique (fabien.desage@univ-lille2.fr, christelle.morel.journel@univ-st-etienne.fr, valerie.sala.pala@univ-st-etienne.fr), avant le 15/03/2011. La sélection des propositions et la réalisation du programme définitif interviendront avant fin avril 2011. Les papiers, en français ou en anglais, d’un format de 50 000 signes maximum, seront transmis avant le 15/09/2011. Une traduction français/anglais sera proposée aux participants du colloque. Une sélection de communications fera l’objet d’une publication dans les mois suivant le colloque.


Métropole, ségrégation, fragmentation

Appel à contributions pour une journée d’études

Lieu : Université Lille 3, Villeneuve d’Ascq.
Date : jeudi 13 octobre 2011.


Concepts et contextes : de la ségrégation à la fragmentation

Quelle représentation des dynamiques des métropoles françaises aujourd’hui ?

Dynamiques métropolitaines et impacts sur la ségrégation

Format des propositions

Les auteurs intéressés sont priés de nous faire parvenir (paul.cary@univ-lille3.fr), pour le 15 mai 2010, une proposition de communication d’une à deux pages.. Le comité scientifique informera de sa décision début juillet et les textes définitifs sont attendus pour le 1er octobre.

Full Call

Entanglements: materials, practices and design

Symposium: 5th/ 6th May 2011, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

‘Entanglements’ brings art, craft and design together with the human sciences to explore theoretical, creative, empirical and curatorial aspects of our relationships to the material world.

Symposium Themes

  • What are materials? Between raw stuff and human effort
  • The effects of stabilisations, closures and re-configuration of materials.
  • Materials, objects, experience and playful/ sensual engagement
  • Design’s role in practices; making strange/ new materials
  • Materials and everyday life, sustainability and transitions

Confirmed speakers:

Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen (Stone); Elizabeth Shove, University of Lancaster (heat); Tim Dant, Lancaster (carbon fibre); Peter Wright, Newcastle (electricity); Yolande Strengers, RMIT (houses); Eiluned Edwards, ntu (cloth); Sophie Woodward, University of Manchester (denim); Tom Fisher, NTU (air); Zoe Laughlin, KCL (‘strange’); Sabine Hielscher, SPRU (shampoo); Sarah Kettley, ntu (metal); Susan Lambert, MoDiP (plastic); Andy Jackson, UCA (wood);

Format: Day 1: 11.30am – 6pm Day 2: 9am – 2.30pm


The cost of the symposium is £60, or £30 for Design Research Society members.
To enrol go to ‘NTU Online Store 1’ (DRS members) or ‘NTU Online Store 2’ (non DRS members)[1]
Places are limited, so early booking is advised. Some accommodation has been reserved near to the university. To book this or for other enquiries, contact Melanie Bentham-Hill on Adbresearchteam1@ntu.ac.uk

The symposium is sponsored by Nottingham Trent University and Design Research Society ‘OPEN SiG – Objects, Practices, Experiences, Networks’.

Info: http://www.designresearchsociety.org/joomla/index.php/sig2/opensig.html

CRESC Annual Conference 2011

September 6th- 9th, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

The CRESC annual conference 2011 takes the rubric of ‘framing’ to scrutinise the processes by which cities are conceptualised, realised, lived, ordered and depicted, disrupted, changed and contested. More than half of humanity now lives in urban areas and city processes affect the whole globe. The rates of growth, decay and transformation; the diversity, complexity and flows of population and activities, as well as the scale of problems and possibilities posed by city life are breathtaking.  This conference seeks to bring together contemporary approaches to the descriptive and analytical challenges of thinking through processes of change in urban and city contexts. The conference takes the following themes as inspiration for a call for papers with confirmed plenary speakers as shown:

•       CITY MATERIALITIES : (city objects, plans, designs, discourse, built environments, assemblages, archaeology, urban morphology, infrastructure, post-industrial regeneration, economies, mega events, spatiality …)

Plenary speakers: Professor Nikos Salingaros (University of Texas at San Antonio) and Dr Albena Yaneva (University of Manchester)

•       CITY AFFECT:(the experiential, the senses, the auditory, passions, hopes, fears, violence, the imaginary, creative writing and literature …)

Plenary speakers: Iain Sinclair and Professor Alistair Bonnett (University of Newcastle)

•       CITY ENVIRONMENTS : (sustainability, living and working environments, ecologies, city geographies, nature/culture, eco-cities …)

Plenary speakers: Professor Maria Kaika (University of Manchester) and Professor Alan Simpson (Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow)

•       SOCIAL AND CULTURAL INEQUALITIES IN THE CITY : (social and cultural capital, governance, territorial dimensions of participation, contested spaces of belonging, social movements, underground resistance, critical urbanism)

Plenary speakers: Professor Rosenlund Lennart (University of Stavanger, Norway) and Professor Talja Blokland (Humboldt University, Berlin)

•       MEDIATING THE CITY:(creative practices, cultural industries, urban identity, art, street art, broadcasting, music, advertising, dance, film, print and visual representation …)

Plenary Speaker: Nick Couldry (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

•       CITY MIGRATION, TRANS-NATIONALITY AND BORDERS: (mobility, flows, boundaries, identities, difference and belonging, states, nations, settlements and borders)

Plenary Speakers: Dr Sabine Hess (Institute for European Ethnology) and Dr. Jan Rath (University of Amsterdam)

Please submit either a) proposal for individual papers, or (b) panel proposal including 3 papers by the end of April 2011 using the proposal forms online. Abstracts should not be more than 250 words.

The proposal forms should be sent to CRESC Conference Administration, at the following address: 178 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 8985 / or via Fax: +44 (0) 161 275 8985 or submit to: CRESC.AnnualConference@manchester.ac.uk


Les frontières mobiles

Les frontières mobiles

Les sessions mettront l’accent sur les sujets suivants :
o Théorie des frontières et frontière(s) mobile(s)
o Espaces transfrontaliers et frontières floues
o Matérialité des frontières / frontières mobiles fonctionnelles
o Murs et frontières fermées
o Les Alpes comme espace d’ouverture / fermeture (« deborderingrebordering
Ces sujets seront complétés par des sessions illustrant le cas local, un remarquable exemple
de coopération transfrontalière et de liens (qu’on ne connaît souvent que sous l’angle du
travail frontalier) dans un contexte européen complexe découlant du positionnement politique
de la Suisse dans l’UE et dans l’arc alpin:
o Coopération multi-scalaire
o Politiques transfrontalières : management et/ou gouvernance ?
o Prospective transfrontalière
o Intégration européenne : Schengen ou pas Schengen ?
o Agglomérations transfrontalières et leur gouvernance
o Migrations de travail dans les régions transfrontalières
o Vulnérabilité sociale dans les régions transfrontalières
o Frontières et conservation de la nature

Si vous souhaitez proposer une communication, veuillez envoyer un résumé d’une page
(deux propositions maximum par participant), accompagné d’une courte biographie ou d’un
CV à brit2011@unige.ch .
Les propositions de sessions complètes (comprenant trois ou quatre communications et un
discutant) portant sur un thème commun sont également acceptées. L’envoi de proposition
de sessions doit se faire dès la mise en circulation de cet appel à communication : les
personnes qui souhaiteraient mettre en place une session thématique particulière peuvent
contacter rapidement les organisateurs du colloque BRIT. Veuillez nous proposer une courte
description de votre session afin de la valider. Vous pourrez ainsi solliciter des papiers sur le
thème retenu et nous fournir ensuite les résumés de chaque communication et les bio ou CV
de chacun des participants proposés.
Si, en plus d’une proposition de communication, vous souhaitez vous porter volontaire
comme discutant de session, merci d’indiquer votre souhait afin d’adapter votre intervention
à votre domaine d’expertise (en fonction des thèmes suggérés ci-dessus).
Des sessions de posters seront ouvertes aux jeunes chercheurs et aux participants non
sélectionnés pour les sessions de panels. Elles donneront lieu à un concours et à cérémonie
de remise des prix le dernier jour du colloque.
La date limite pour l’envoi des propositions de communications est fixée au 15 mars 2011.
Les notifications d’acceptation seront envoyées au plus tard le 30 avril 2011.
Les articles définitifs devront êtres envoyés par courrier électronique avant le 15 août 2011
au plus tard. Tous les articles doivent comprendre une page de couverture indiquant le nom
du colloque, le titre et la date de la communication, le nom de l’auteur, son affiliation
institutionnelle et ses coordonnées détaillées.

Full Call here

Territoriality of the Commons: Spatial Perspectives on the Governance of Public Goods in Past and Present

Call for Papers for the International Research Workshop

29-30th September 2011 in Erkner, near Berlin,

organised by the Department for “Institutional change and regional public goods” at the Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS).

The purpose of the workshop is to explore the multiple, emergent geographies of the commons as a step towards developing a more systematic and fine-grained conceptualisation of the spatial dimensions to their governance. We aim to promote dialogue between historians, geographers and researchers across the social sciences and between three strands of research that we have identified as particularly relevant to the territoriality of the commons:

1. Action arenas as loci for organising regional commons
2. Rescaling the commons and the reordering of power geometries
3. Reconnecting the physical and social geographies of the commons.

We are pleased to announce the following distinguished scholars as key note speakers at the Workshop:

Matthew Gandy (University College London), Rainer Kuhlen (University of Konstanz), Frank van Laerhoven (Utrecht University) and Erik Swyngedouw (University of Manchester).

We invite proposals for papers or posters that engage with these three areas of research. The attached Call for Papers provides more detailed information on the Workshop’s research themes and organisational matters.
Please note that the deadline for submission of abstracts for papers or posters (commongoods@irs-net.de) is April 1st 2011.


Lifestyle Mobilities and Corporealities

Call for abstracts for inclusion in a book proposal being put forward as part of a series of books being published through the GLTRG (the Geography of Leisure and Tourism Research Group) of the RGS-IBG by Ashgate Publishers. Book Title: Lifestyle Mobilities and Corporealities. Editors: Tara Duncan (University of Otago, New Zealand); Scott Cohen (Bournemouth University, UK); Maria Thulemark (Dalarna University, Sweden).

Being mobile is now influenced by and through transnational ties, changing socio-cultural outlooks and technologies of transport, knowledge and information that often characterise the (re)formation of the everyday. As such, moving as and for lifestyle has become increasingly complex.  Benson and O’Reilly* (2009) suggest that the complexity of these movements, whether for leisure, retirement or amenity seeking reasons, have not been captured through these bounded terms. The blurring of the (im)mobilities surrounding these types of experiences should encompass those on the move, experiences of dwelling and mooring and those who remain in stasis. Corporeal and affective mobilities need to be highlighted through the negotiation of socio-cultural, political and economic lenses.  Emergent patterns of lifestyle mobility challenge current thinking on the intersections between tourism and migration through subsuming binaries such as work/leisure, home/away and here/there.

This book will seek to explore and challenge current thinking about how the mobilities paradigm intersects with the ambiguities inherent in the corporeal performance of movement as lifestyle. We invite extended abstracts (400-500 words) that challenge existing thinking in these areas, including:

– Negotiations of lifestyle and movement
– Mobile methodologies
– Affective possibilities and lifestyle
– Mobility, lifestyle and tourism, recreation and/or leisure
– Hybrid possibilities – migration/transnationalism/mobility
– Cosmopolitanism, fluid identities and identity confusions
– Moorings, movement and performance
– Mobilities as the corporeal everyday
– Lifestyle mobility and relationships to place

The book is intended as part of a series that will being published through the GLTRG (the Geography of Leisure and Tourism Research Group) of the RGS-IBG by Ashgate Publishers.  The aim is that the book will be due out in mid to late 2012 and we would expect full papers (6000 – 6500 words in length) to be due by August 31st 2011.  Please bear this provisional timetable in mind when considering whether to submit an abstract.

Please submit your extended abstract to all three editors – Tara Duncan (tara.duncan@otago.ac.nz), Scott Cohen (scohen@bournemouth.ac.uk) and Maria Thulemark (mth@du.se) by March 4th 2011.  We will aim to inform authors of the outcome before the end of March.  If you have any questions, please contact: Tara Duncan (tara.duncan@otago.ac.nz), Scott Cohen (scohen@bournemouth.ac.uk) or Maria Thulemark (mth@du.se).


My Ideal City
Convegno internazionale, Venezia, Iuav, 12 e 13 Maggio 2011
Call for Position Papers

Il progetto My Ideal City si fonda sul 7°Programma Quadro per la Cultura della EU, e tratta della rappresentazione in un ambiente immersivo e virtuale dei risultati di un processo partecipativo che ha coinvolto le città di Copenhagen, Gerusalemme, Lisbona e Trento. Il progetto riguarda sin dall’inizio una serie di riflessioni sulla rappresentazione tridimensionale, la partecipazione e la pianificazione della città, in un’epoca quale quella contemporanea caratterizzata da significati controversi attribuiti alla città quale spazio per l’innovazione dei modi di vita delle popolazioni.

Il Convegno internazionale My Ideal City invita gli studiosi ad inviare contributi che possano rafforzare il dibattito su quali siano le possibilità di dar forma alla nuova città ideale, rappresentandola in modo innovativo, stimolando nuove interpretazioni e allargando la partecipazione dei cittadini alla costruzione dell’immagine della nuova città.

Deadline: March 15th 2011

Download the call


Ecologiques. Enquêtes sur les milieux humains

Appel à contribution pour le n°22 “Ecologiques. Enquêtes sur les milieux humains”

La revue Tracés consacre son numéro 22 aux approches écologiques en sciences humaines. Ce numéro entend traiter de l’écologie du point de vue des sciences humaines, en articulant une réflexion sur les reconfigurations disciplinaires induites par le questionnement écologique et la diversité des objets couverts par de telles approches.  A ces fins, nous serons particulièrement attentifs aux travaux mobilisant les divers modèles écologiques à travers des démarches empiriques.

Les contributions sont attendues avant le 06 juin 2011.

Pour consulter l’appel à contribution dans son intégralité, voir le lien indiqué ci-dessous.

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FURS Research Grants

FURS is concerned to promote urban and regional research and within this broad field it is particularly keen to encourage an understanding of the interconnection between social, economic and political processes and of the broader causes and effects of these processes. This means for example that research which examines policies critically and focuses on their unintended as well as intended consequences is more likely to be supported than research on managerially defined questions. Conversely research which takes a ‘technical’ approach to urban and regional questions and does not place them within wider contexts of understanding is unlikely to be given priority. Although these concerns are likely to lead to social scientists such as sociologists, political scientists, geographers, economists and town planners predominating among applicants, others such as lawyers, cultural theorists, anthropologists and historians should not be discouraged from applying.

Applications are invited for a number of research grants. These may be held in any university. The Trustees are anxious to encourage newly graduated researchers or junior colleagues of established researchers who have difficulty in getting funds to support research.

Applications must be received by 31 January each year. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances and no correspondence will be entered into. Each application will be acknowledged and successful applicants will be informed by late March.

Funding is only offered to those students who are within the field of urban and regional studies.