At the frontiers of the urban: thinking concepts and practices globally
6:00 pm, 10 November 2019 to 8:00 pm, 12 November 2019
International conference exploring emerging themes and critical methodologies at the frontiers of urban theory and practice
Urban societies are undergoing immense changes; how are urban concepts and practices responding? This conference seeks to stimulate new conceptualisations of the urban by convening cutting-edge scholarship and dialogue resonant with distinctive urban experiences, especially those beyond the conventional euro-american heartlands of urban studies, but with scope to reach across different contexts.
Some starting points will be: how land, investment, finance, law and the state are reshaping urban spaces; or how processes of reproducing everyday life, identity politics, popular mobilization and contestation are remaking urban experiences; or how challenges of urbanisation, such as climate change, data, health, housing and poverty are redefining urban futures.
Sunday 10 November
|17.30||Conference registration opens|
Opening reception: Thinking London from Elsewhere
Monday 11 November
Opening remarks and introduction with Prof. Christoph Lindner (UCL)
Plenary 1: Urban Co-ordinates
Featuring Prof. Susan Parnell (University of Bristol), Prof. Fulong Wu (UCL), Dr Gautam Bhan (Indian Institute for Human Settlements), and Prof. Raquel Rolnik (University of São Paulo). Chaired by Prof. Jennifer Robinson (UCL).
Day 1 afternoon streams
Plenary 2: Urban Extents and Limits: What are the Frontiers?
Featuring Prof. Christian Schmid (ETH Zürich), Prof. Partha Mukhopadhyay (Centre for Policy Research), Prof. Philip Harrison (University of the Witwatersrand), and Dr Michelle Buckley (University of Toronto). Chaired by Dr Pushpa Arabindoo (UCL).
Tuesday 12 November
Day 2 streams
Plenary 4: Before/After the Urban Frontier
Featuring Prof. Vanessa Watson (African Centre for Cities), Prof. Hyun Bang Shin (LSE), and Prof. Raquel Rolnik (University of São Paulo). Chaired by Prof. Jennifer Robinson and Dr Clare Melhuish (UCL).
- Sessions marked with * are free for UCL students and staff without a conference ticket to attend
- Full list of participants, including presenters, chairs and discussants
The conference steering committee includes Prof. Camillo Boano (UCL), Dr Clare Melhuish (UCL), Dr Susan Moore (UCL), Prof. Peg Rawes (UCL), Prof. Jennifer Robinson (UCL), and Prof. Oren Yiftachel (Ben-Gurion University). The conference coordinator is Jordan Rowe (UCL).
We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, UCL Global, UCL Grand Challenges, University of Toronto and IJURR in the co-funding of this conference.
The conference takes place across multiple rooms at UCL. All rooms are wheelchair accessible. For detailed access information please contact the Urban Laboratory office.