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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
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 email@example.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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
UCL Urban Laboratory, www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab
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