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Stadtkolloquium - Interdisciplinary Urban PhD Research Seminar

Stadtkolloquium - Interdisciplinary Urban PhD Research Seminar

Annual Workshop 2012

Call for papers


The UCL Urban Laboratory is organizing its annual2-day workshop for PhD

research students in urban-related disciplines.The workshop will provide

an open, informal and intimate space tocollaborate and discuss progress

amongst peers with regard to topical,theoretical, practical or

methodological concerns. We therefore welcomecontributions from students

at all stages of the dissertation process.


*Stadtkolloquium* aims to create a supportiveenvironment for urban

researchers who to develop their work and meetPhD students from other

departments and universities. The workshop isunique in that all

participants agree to both present their work andsupport others in doing

so in small group sessions. Organizers hope togenerate lively round-table

discussions on diverse urban questions acrossvarious academic disciplines

including Geography, Architecture, History,Anthropology, Literature,

Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Fine Arts,Environmental Studies,

Gender Studies, Health Sciences, Planning,Engineering and beyond.


The four thematic tracks for the 2012 workshopare:


A. Experiencing the urban

This workshop track will attend to theexperiential dimension of the

urban: the subjective, immaterial, in some casesfleeting and emotive

multi-sensuous engagements with urban space, pastand present. It

encourages papers that adopt broadly humanist,phenomenological and

'more-than-representational' (Lorimer 2005)perspectives; which emphasise

practice, movement, perception, performance andaffect. This track

welcomes but is not limited to contributionswhich emphasise the auditory,

somatic, visual, olfactory and gustatory natureof urban contexts and

apply notions of rhythm (Lefebvre 1992), dwelling(Ingold 1993), and

memory (Tilley 1997).

Key Words: experience, subjectivity, emotion,senses, perception, practice


B. Urban Interventions

Drawing upon the theme of 'urban interventionsthis track will explore

various forms of acting into cities in ways thatreconfigure, or seek to

alter, existing social arrangements. Such urbaninterventions might take

the shape of political mobilizations orcontestations, technological

innovations, emerging social practices or thearticulation of alternative

visions for urban life. We welcome contributionsfrom a range of

urban-related disciplines dealing with matters ofurban policy and

planning, technology and engineering, politicalor social theory, or that

are broadly connected with the challenges orpossibilities of urban life.

Keywords: social movements, urban politics,emerging trends, experiments,

changing practices, urban policy and planning


C. Society, Nature & Cities

This track will focus on the interrelatedness andinterdependencies of the

systems of society, nature and cities. Itwelcomes contributions that

shape and advance an understanding of sustainableand resilient pathways

of development and particularly encourages papersthat consider the

networks that mediate the flows within andbetween these systems. 

Interpretations of these systemic flows caninclude environmental,

financial, social and political exchanges,incorporating approaches from a

wide range of disciplines; from concepts of urbanmetabolism to

institutional theory, and political analysis tosystems thinking and

development studies.

Key words: urban metabolisms, socio-natures,infrastructure, networks of

mediation, sustainability, resilience


D. Transnational Urbanism

This track will explore the implications forurban areas of the mobility

of people, goods, capital and information acrossborders, in particular

the transnational networks and ties that bothshape and evolve from these

flows. As cities increasingly find themselvescompeting on a global stage

(Sassen 1998), the traffic of ideas, people andmodels between cities has

similarly increased (Roy and Ong 2011). Thistrack welcomes papers that

discuss the relationships between urban spacesand these transnational

flows. In particular we welcome contributionsthat consider the broad

range of actors involved in transnational urbannetworks, from city

leaders and international consultants tograssroots movements and


Keywords: transnational, mobility, networks,migration, citizenship



* Workshop Dates - The workshop will take placeon 26 & 27 March 2012 at

University College London. On the first day, eachparticipant will be

given 20 minutes to present their work in smallgroups of 8 people,

followed by 25 minutes of feedback anddiscussion. The second day will be

dedicated to a plenary discussion, two keynotelectures and small group

workshops based on accepted participant'ssuggestions.


Call for papers - If you are interested indiscussing your work, please

send us an abstract (no more than 250 words) ofthe project you would like

to present. Past participants have presented workranging from upgrade

documents, PhD outlines, sample dissertationschapters and journal papers

in progress. Please note that while the intimatenature of the workshop

provides a uniquely engaging experience, it alsosignificantly limits the

number of proposals we are able to accept.Competition for spaces in years

past has been very tight.


In submitting an abstract, please include thefollowing:


-A title and 250 word abstract

-Your name, university, department, and year ofstudy.

-In the subject line of your email, pleaseindicate which workshop group

(A, B, C, D) you are applying for.

-Abstracts should be emailed to stadtkolloquium@gmail.com



* Deadline for proposals: 15th of January 2012.

* A small conference fee may apply (approx. 20GBP).

* For more information on *Stadtkolloquium*activities, previous workshops

and feedback comments, please visit ourwebsite: www.stadtkolloquium.co.uk

and find us on Facebook.


*Contact - stadtkolloquium@gmail.com

UCL Urban Laboratory, www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab

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