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A two-day conference and open discussion organised by the RGS-IBG Urban Geography Research Group.
Dates: 11-12 November 2010
Colin McFarlane (Department of Geography, Durham University)
Malcolm Miles (Centre for Critical Cultural Resarch, University of Plymouth)
Jane Wills (Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London)
Call for Contributions:
This year’s UGRG Conference will explore alternative ways of organising, practising and imagining cities. It responds to recent global turbulence and uncertainty in urban capitalist economies, political frameworks and environmental conditions. These urgently demand new ways of challenging existing policies, ideologies and visions, by recognising a broad and complex array of urban geographies, and emphasising the creative and sustainable possibilities of the urban twenty-first century.
We are seeking contributions from a wide range of urban research around a variety of geographical and historical contexts. We hope the informal and supportive forum of the Conference will encourage discussion, debate and learning on these themes.
Guiding topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Emergent forms of organizational infrastructures which build new alliances between political and economic actors within and across cities.
- Case studies that challenge or unsettle dominant conceptions and geographical circuits within urban theory.
- New urban analyses of power, civil society and everyday life .
- How the work of artists and cultural practitioners can help develop urban counter-geographies and new engagements with urban space and place.
- Issues of justice and equity in the framing and formulation of urban policies.
- Critical perspectives on historical and present roles for utopianism in urban visions, theory and planning.
Building on the success of previous events, the conference will take the form of keynote presentations, shorter papers, and a poster session by postgraduate students. Papers are welcomed from researchers (including PhD students) at any stage of their careers, but the poster session is specifically designed for postgraduates, with a prize awarded to the best entry.
If you would like to contribute a Paper or a Poster, please contact Andrew Harrisandrew.firstname.lastname@example.org and Margo Huxley: email@example.com
**The deadline for 200 word abstracts is Friday 27 August 2010**
The cost of attending, including lunch and refreshments, is £75 (waged) and £35 (unwaged). Registration details can be found on the Annual Conference section of theUGRG Website
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