Upcoming events and notices



UCL Behaviour Change Month
November 2012

What shapes human behaviour? What stands in the way of long-term, positive behaviour change? How can research inform the design of effective interventions to change behaviour? Where should we most effectively intervene – at the macro or the micro level? How do we measure behaviour change?

UCL Behaviour Change Month 2012 – a series of cross-disciplinary talks, discussions, and workshops to facilitate new collaborations and encourage and stimulate creative thinking – is hosted by the UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing and organised by Susan Michie (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology), Professor of Health Psychology. Places are still available for UCL students, staff andmembers of the public. To book a place contact Kasia Diez (, Office of the UCL Vice-Provost (Research).

Programme (details at

19 November: Where next for nudge policy?

20 November: The myth of apathy: Going beyond behavior change

22 November: Nudging bests informing? Can technologyreally promote fitness?

29 November: Was Churchill right? “First we shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us” – Winston Churchill, 1943

January 2013: Behaviour Change Research Prize Workshop– £10,000

Matthew Darbyshire, T Rooms
4 October - 2 December 2012
Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London NW5 3PT

T Rooms is a trompe l’oeil environment in which a ‘village in the city’ seems to be under construction. The work is presented within the context of this 19th century former Methodist chapel, creating a clash of styles and an uncanny situation. For this exhibition, Matthew Darbyshire has combined existing and new works within T Rooms, building on his long-term collaborations with artists such as Rupert Ackroyd, Jacob Farrell and Scott King, writer Owen Hatherley and architect Bob Hobbs. T Rooms was originally created for an exhibition in early 2012 at Tramway in Glasgow. This iteration of the work extends the artist’s inquiries in the fields of sculpture, social critique, architecture and design.

Public Programme:

Saturday 10 November, 15.00: Matthew Darbyshire and Scott King discuss their ongoing Ways of Sitting with Elizabeth Neilson.

Thursday 15 November, 19.00: Urbanist and architectural historian Ben Campkin gives a lecture on images of urban degradation as a driving force in London’s ‘regeneration’.

Saturday 17 November, 15.00: Curator Tom Morton and Matthew Darbyshire lead a tour through the exhibition.

Saturday 1 December, 15.00: Temples of the Worst Passion. Rupert Ackroyd and Christopher Rountree present an illustrated pub crawl from the Gin Palace revival to the 21st Century chain-pub circuit: a qualitative exploration of the Victorian concept of nostalgia in contemporary consumer environments.

All events are free.

Cities, Space and Development Seminars

LSE Geography
All held on Tuesdays 16.00-18.00 in Room V103, Tower 2.

Seminar Convenor: Dr Sharad Chari

13 November.  Space, Slum and Sanitation: Examples from Mumbai. Dr Colin McFarlane, Durham University.

20 November. Interrogating Post-Democracy: Insurgent cities and the reclamation of equality. Professor Erik Swyngedouw, University of Manchester.

27 November. Violence, the State and the City in Contemporary Brazil. Dr Jeff Garmany, King’s College London. 

4 December. PUBLIC LECTURE (Sheikh Zayed Theatre, 6:30-8:00pm) Replacing the Nation: South Africa's Passive Revolution? – Professor Gillian Hart, UC Berkeley. Co-hosted with the LSE Africa Initiative ‘Africa Talks’ Series.

11 December. Governmentality: How much is enough? Colin Gordon, Independent Scholar, Editor and Translator of the works of Michel Foucault.

For map and directions:

UCL Geography Lunchtime Seminars
Autumn 2012
All held on Tuesdays, 12.30-14.00 (coffee from 12.00)
Room 113, 26 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AP

All welcome.

13 November.  Worlds of relatedness: comparing trajectories of urban development in Hanoi and Ouagadougou. Professor Ola Söderström (Institute of Geography, Université de Neuchâtel). Chair: Jennifer Robinson

20 November. Mobilities and mutations: financing urban infrastructure in the twenty first century. Professor Kevin Ward (Geography, University of Manchester). Chair: Myfanwy Taylor 

27 November. What’s wrong with best practice? Questioning the typification of New Urbanism. Dr Susan Moore (Bartlett School of Planning, UCL). Chair: Andrew Harris

4 December. Soviet communism and the British planning movement: rational learning or Utopian imagining? Professor Stephen Ward (Department of Planning, Oxford Brookes University). Chair: Tauri Tuvikene.

11 December. Peripatetic planning: Tracing the mobility of Bus Rapid Transit through South African cities. Astrid Wood (Department of Geography, UCL). Chair: Matthew Gandy


Environmental Justice, Urbanisation and Resilence (EJUR) research cluster lunch seminar series
The Bartlett / Development Planning Unit 
14 November 2012, 13.00 - 14.00
Room 201, Development Planning Unit, 34 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EZ

As part of the EJUR cluster’s activities,  a lunch seminar series is being held in which researchers at different stages of their career share their work in progress in an informal and constructive environment.

The next EJUR seminar planned for this term will take placeon Wednesday 14th November (1.00-2.00pm, room 201), when Liza Griffin will share her research insights on the topic: 'Toughen up: the spatio-temporalityof resilient communities'. More details will be circulated closer to the time.

#citychat Twitter Event with MIT Community Lab
Exploring how urban and humanitarian practitioners describe, think about and work in cities 
15 November 2012, 15.00 EST, 20.00 GMT, 21.00 CET

This event will be based on a panel discussion exploring the different ways urban and humanitarian practitioners describe, think about and work in cities. Please find links to two short introductory films developed so far (password is Haiti 2012). 

The first gives some of the broad questions behind this work and the second asks the question: what is urban design? 

For more information about this RIBA funded project please follow this link:

KCL Cities Seminars 2012
Seminars and Events for the Autumn Term
Unless stated otherwise, all events take place in the Pyramid Room: Geography Dept., 4th Floor, Strand Campus, King's College, followed by a wine reception in the Geography Social Space.

15th November 17.00-18.00. Conversations with the mob: London's Sock Mob and the politics of encounter. Prof. Jon May (Department of Geography, QMUL), and Dr. Jennie Middleton (Department of Geography, Geology and Environment, Kingston University) 

All welcome - contact Sophie Elsmore ( for more info. 

The Bartlett School of Planning Lunchtime Seminar Series 2012-2013
Room 517A, Wates House, 22 Gordon Street WC1H 0QB

Wednesday 14 November 13.00. Planning, localism and garden cities - the challenges and opportunities of the Government's reform agenda. Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, Town and Country Planning Asscociation 

Thursday 29 November 13.00. Good city process. Prof. Michael Neuman, University of New South Wales. 

For further details please contact Dr Jung Won Sonn

Ecological footprint analysis and the vulnerability of modern cities
Second Governance & Sustainability Annual Lecture
15 November 2012, 18.00-19.15
University of Westminster, London

The 2nd Governance & Sustainability Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor William E Rees, internationally renowned as the originator and co-developer (with Mathis Wackernagel) of the Ecological Footprint Analysis (EFA).

Professor Rees will explore key sustainability issues and challenges facing modern cities, and how EFA can help understand and address their vulnerability in the age of global climate change. Please register for this event online: 

9th International AHRA Conference
Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence 
15–17 November 2012
Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University, 40-44 Holloway Road, London N7 8JL

This conference aims to reflect on the relevance of the concept of dissidence for architectural practice today. Although dissidence has been primarily associated with architectural practices in the Eastern Bloc at the end of the Cold War period, contemporary architectural and other aesthetic practices have in recent years developed a host of new methodologies and techniques for articulating their distance from and critique of dominant political and financial structures. Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence asks how we can conceive of the contemporary political problems and paradoxes of architecture in relation to their precedents? Devoid of the agency of action, Cold War dissidents articulated their positions in drawings of fantasy-like paper architecture, while contemporary forms of architectural practice seem to gravitate towards activism and direct-action in the world. The political issues – from interventions in charged areas worldwide to research in conflict zones and areas undergoing transformations – currently stimulate a field of abundant invention in contemporary architecture. Both Cold War dissidents and contemporary activists encounter problems and paradoxes and must navigate complex political force fields within which possible complicities are inherent risks.

New forms of critical practice, and political and spatial dissent are manifold, appearing in stark contrast to contemporary architectural practice in which professional courage seems to have been translated into structural “virtuosity”of surfaces. This conference seeks to map out and expand on the methodologies of architectural action and reinvigorate the concept of dissent within the architectural/spatial field of the possible. A more historical thread that runs through the programme will seek to weave the genealogy of political/spatial practices from the Cold War dissidents of the Soviet Bloc to the activists of South American favelas.

Dissidents in the former communist countries used a specific set of codes to question the ideological doctrine of the state party. Architects who were otherwise employed in state run architectural collectives, or as staff in architecture schools met to produce writings, private lectures, secret installations and architectural articulations of allegories and legends –activities that challenged the ’stifling’ standardized language of Soviet architecture. Many of these ‘paper architects’ questioned the relationship between art, architecture and politics, but also, and significantly so, the ideological, and thus also ethical function of various forms of ‘creative practices’. The political melt-down of the Soviet Bloc reconfigured this complex field of political codes, architectural gestures and references. The withdrawal of the architect from large ideological concepts regarding social utopias mirrored that fragmentation and dissemination of (neo)liberal market structures. Large ideological battles were replaced with a multiplicity of local, or issue-specific conflicts within which forms of activism have been integrated. Dissent against large integrated and complex networks is no longer possible. All that is left is to navigate the complex fields of forces in a reflective and innovative manner. But can the assemblage of gestures and techniques of past struggles and ‘dilemmas’ of working in politically suppressive regimes help to inform those of today?
The conference thus seeks to attract contemporary spatial practitioners, architects, urbanists, journalists, activists, filmmakers and curators, asking them to reflect upon contemporary forms and conditions of dissent and their potential problems and inevitable paradoxes. It welcomes, too, the reflections of architects and architectural historian upon previous articulations of political dissent through architectural practice.

Contact and information: Ines Weizman

Creative City Limits Seminar
Speakers: Andrew Harris and Louis Moreno
19th November 17.30 - 19.30
Room G07, Pearson Building, Gower Street, UCL

Speakers: Andrew Harris and Louis Moreno (UCL Urban Laboratory)
Discussants: Roberta Comunian (KCL), David Madden (LSE) and Tom Bolton (Centre for Cities)

Creative cities have become a key focus for theorizing and planning urban development over the past twenty years. But the instigation of a new era offiscal austerity poses significant tests for this agenda of urban creativity.Arguably the creative city notion has flourished within the context of a long credit-fuelled boom in financial services and real estate. What does a period of economic stagnation and retrenchment mean for creative city thinking and policy-making? How can the present situation be used to reassess what the creative city means or could mean? Reflecting on and developing ideas and discussions from a cross-disciplinary research network run last year, Andrew Harris and Louis Moreno will suggest and explore several ways that the creative city might begin to be challenged and reformulated.

Please visit forfurther information on the network and to download a summary pamphlet.

Metropolitan History
Seminars at The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), School of Advanced Study, University of London
Wednesdays, 17.30
Holden Room (103), first floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Convenors: Dr Matthew Davies, Professor Vivian Bickford-Smith, Dr Richard Dennis, Dr Carlos Lopez Galvis

Autumn term 2012

21 November. Westminster as the seat of national government: the long view. Roland Quinault (IHR)

5 December. People and things on the move: domestic material culture and mobility in nineteenth - century London. Alastair Owens (QMUL) 

Spring Term 2013

16 January. The rise and fall of John Sperni, Mayor of St Pancras 1937-1938. Robin Woolven

30 January. The stormy latitude of the law: Chancery Lane and spatial politics in late eighteenth-century London. Francis Boorman (IHR).

13 February. Whose Home? Jewish migration and local reaction in the East End of London 1870-1914. Oliver Betts (York).

27 February. Auctions, maps, leases and 'narrations' of property: representing commodified space in Delhi, 1911-47. Anish Vanaik (Oxford).

13 March. 'Riding on Top of the Car': cinematic tram and urban transformation. Karolina Kendall-Bush (UCL).

The Making of Modern Ankara: Space, Politics, Representation
International symposium
23 November 2012, 14.00-19.00 (followed by exhibition opening and reception)
Room MG014, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS

An international symposium organised by the Department o fArchitecture at the University of Westminster in conjunction with SOAS Seminars on Turkey

The making of modern Ankara is a momentous yet oft-neglected episode in twentieth-century history. The transformation of this ancient Anatolian town into the capital of the Turkish Republic captured the world’s attention during the interwar period, when Ankara became a laboratory of modernism and nation building.

Largely designed by European architects, the new capital embodied the reformist ethos of a secular state firmly projected towards th eWest. Today, as this sprawling city of over four million seeks to reinvent its identity, its modern development is the subject of growing scholarship and public interest.

The half-day symposium brings together a panel of scholars from architecture, planning, art history, heritage, and Turkish studies to revisit the making of modern Ankara in a cross-disciplinary perspective, while also debating its legacy on the eve of the Republic’s 90th anniversary.

The event will be followed by the opening of Building Identities, an exhibition about Ankara’s Republican architecture curated by theTurkish Chamber of Architects, Ankara Chapter.

For further information, please contact Dr Davide Deriu:


The Decelerated City: Slow Practice and Creative Urbanism
UCL Urban Laboratory seminar with Prof. Christoph Lindner 
26 November 2012, 18.30
Room 517, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL Wates House, 22 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0QB.

Global cities have been studied predominantly in terms of speed and movement, acceleration and circulation. This talk will examine the relationship between globalization and cities in terms that run counter to such emphases, focusing instead on slowness as a condition in contemporary urban life. In particular, the discussion will analyze street photography and urban renewal initiatives in the city of Amsterdam in order to understand the role of “slow art” in neoliberal urbanization and city profiling.

Christoph Lindner is Professor of Media Studies and Director of the ASCA Cities Project at the University of Amsterdam. He is also a research affiliate at the University of London Institute in Paris and founding Director of the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis. His most recent book is the forthcoming volume Paris-Amsterdam Underground: Essays on Cultural Resistance, Subversion, and Diversion (2013).

London Planning Seminars
Bartlett School of Planning, UCL 
All seminars 17.30 - 19.00
Room 517, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL Wates House, 22 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0QB

5 December 2012: Reflections on the London Plan and Housing, Duncan Bowie, University of Westminster 


The Urban Transcripts 2012 international workshop on the city

London, 3-9 December 2012

A 17-strong international tutor team of practising architects, researchers in architecture and urbanism, artists, and linguists are  leading this years’ Urban Transcripts workshop on the city. Focusing on London's actual problematics, combining on-site visits, urban explorations, studio work and social events, the workshop is an interdisciplinary exercise in understanding the urban condition and working towards collaborative solutions.

The workshop is open both to students and non-students; it will be of particular interest to students past their 2nd  year of study, postgraduate students, and recent graduates, in disciplines related to the study of the city and urban intervention; notably architecture, urbanism, planning, geography, the social sciences, and the arts.

£140 for London-based host students
£170 for other UK students
£200 for international guest students
£240 for non-students

Urban Transcripts offers a limited number of scholarships (free participation in the workshop) to participants on low income living and/or working in Hackney Wick. Please email us for further information.

hosting and accommodation arrangements
London-based host students are requested to host the international guest students for the duration of the workshop. Non-student participants, and other students from the UK are expected to make their own accommodation arrangements.

full workshop programme:

contact and registrations:

Urban Transcripts



Urban Lab Films: Weekend + 3 shorts 
An evening of films in association with the forthcoming UCL Bartlett workshop 'Sexuality at Home'
10 December 2012, 19.00 - 21.30
University College London, Chadwick Building, B05 (Basement), Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Urban Lab Films present an evening of films in association with the forthcoming UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment workshop ‘Sexuality atHome’.

Critically acclaimed WEEKEND (Andrew Haigh, 2011) will be preceded by three short films.

Ellie Land & Alys Scott Hawkins will introduce STANLEY (Suzie Templeton, 1999) and 15TH FEBRUARY (Tim Webb, 1995).

Paula Roush & Maria Lusitano will introduce their video-essay A FIELD (of interconnected realities) (2012).

This event is free to attend. Sign up to the Facebook event here:


Interdisciplinary research workshop exploring relationship between domesticity and sexuality
11 December 2012 09.00 to 18.00
Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE (until 5pm)
UCL Wates House, 22 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0BQ (from 5pm)

An interdisciplinary research workshop exploring the relationship between domesticity and sexuality. Keynote speakers: Aaron Betsky (Architect and Critic, Director, Cincinnati Art Museum), Andrew Forman-Murray (Geographer, University of Western Sydney). 

Presenters: Carla Barrett (University of Southampton),  Katarina Bonnevier (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm), Ben Campkin (UCL Urban Laboratory), Matt Cook (Birkbeck College, University of London), Martin Dines (Kingston University), Jacqui Gabb (The Open University), R Justin Hunt (Syracuse University, London), Dana Kaplan (The Hebrew University and the Open University, Israel), Matt Smith (University of Brighton), Carin Tunaker (University of Kent). 

The event is free. RSVP to or on facebook at 'Sexuality at Home Workshop'. 

Supported by the Bartlett School of Architecture, and UCL Graduate School. In association with the Centre for Studies of Home, The Geffrye Museum of Home, Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network (SSN) and the UCL Urban Laboratory. 

The Post-Crash City: Community 
Centre for Urban Research (CURB), University of York
13-14 December 2012

Places are filling up now for the next Post-Crash meeting to be held in York in December. Full details can be found here:   [Click on the ‘Community’ tab]

Massive and rising inequality in urban centres in the west raises the significant question of social cohesion in the face of illegitimate private wealth. The possibility of communal forms, supports and mutuality has been undermined not only by the expansion of various gaps and indicators but also by a developing sense of a social duality that revolves resources and culpability for the crisis conditions present in many urban centres. Points of city resilience are set against those of vulnerability and social frailty, those that have been floated out of or bailed out of errors of financial judgment are more firmly set against those without in contemporary public conversations mediated by a communication infrastructure that was largely absent in previous rounds of capitalist crisis. How can we understand ideas of community, support and social health in the context of this crisis? What purchase and value donotions of collectivity, shared resources and public life hold for modes of community, public and corporate forms of governance?

Keynote speakers: 
Mike Savage, London School of Economics and Political Science and University of York
Suzanne Hall, London School of Economics and Political Science

Please submit paper proposals by email to: Dr Simon Parker

Check fordetails of past and future Post-Crash City events.

ACUMEN: Assembly for Comparative Urbanisation and the Material Environment
Digital methodologies for social research on processes of urban landscape development
12-13 December 2012
Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP), School of Geography, Universityof Leeds

ACUMEN will be hosted by the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP), School of Geography, University of Leeds. It is funded by Digital Social Research Community Activities Funding Scheme of the NSDeSS, with the support of TALISMAN: Geospatial Data Analysis and Simulation.

ACUMEN will be an intensive meeting of minds focused on identifying the opportunities and challenges involved in enabling an emergent interdisciplinary research field. Its aim is to advance comparative methodologies for the social study of urbanisation processes through time and across cultures (i.e. prehistoric to contemporary) with particular connection to the material and/or built environment, aided by the use of digital technologies. It offers a rare opportunity to have extended learned discussions amongst peers in an intimate setting with appropriate focus.

ACUMEN is dedicated to making real and informed progress. The main emphasis of the programme will rest on the active participation of all attendants in a series of discussion 'Salons' addressing opportunities and challenges in the field from the vantage point of one of three focus themes:

1) Data acquisition, management and digital compilation

2) Methodologies for social and temporal analyses of urban landscape data

3) Social scientific purposes for the study of urban landscape development

In addition to a small number of prominent speakers, participants are sought from related disciplines including geography, archaeology, history, sociology, anthropology, urban studies, etc. Interested researchers, including postgraduates, are actively encouraged to apply by filling out an application form.

The deadline to apply to participate in this workshop is the 2nd of November 2012.

Registration for ACUMEN costs 25GBP

Confirmed speakers in the workshop's programme include:

Michael E. Smith (Arizona State University)

Sir Alan Wilson (University College London)

Ian Gregory (Lancaster University)

Keith Lilley (Queen's University Belfast)

Sam Griffiths (University College London)


To allow some flexibility in travel times the programme is aimed to run between the following times:

December 12th start time will be at approximately 10:15

December 13th end time will be at approximately 15:15

The programme will focus on Salon discussions on the one hand and keynote addresses on the other. In addition there will be an opportunity for some participants to partake in a Pecha Kucha (a series of brief6 min. introductions to their research relevant to ACUMEN's theme). Those interested can supply a short abstract on the application form.
For further information and to fill out an application form, please see:

Or contact Benjamin N. Vis with any specific queries:




Call for papers. Mobilising London’s Housing Histories: The Provision of Homes Since 1850
Two day conference on history of urban and suburban housing
Deadline: 14 December 2012
27-28 June 2013
Senate House, Malet Street, London

Urban populations continue to increase in most regions of the world, often outpacing the provision of adequate housing. As a growing metropolis, London is in the middle of a severe housing crisis, widely evidenced in the press and featuring in political debates. The  current crisis  is caused and exacerbated  by a combination of factors such as an increase in population and  in  numbers of households, planning restrictions on urban expansion, rising rents andhouse prices driven up by the credit boom, added pressures on household incomes from the economic downturn, inequalities in access to housing, a decline of the affordable housing stock, and the reinforcement of the general trend to exclude lower to middle income households from living incentral London. The problem of creating adequate homes for a growing demand is not new. The Centre for  Metropolitan History (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), in association with the  Survey of London (English Heritage) and the Urban Laboratory(University College London), will hold a two day conference to explore issues relating to the history of urban or suburban housing from the mid-19th century to the present day. This conference will seek to examine the history of housing provision in London, and how historical research may be mobilised to address the contemporary crisis. Contributions from other major cities that make direct comparisons with London are also welcomed.

To date, research on the history of housing has often remained in the silos of particular disciplines. Academics from a range of fields, as well as professionals, politicians, journalists and activists have developed their own methods to research the subject from their own particular perspectives. The aim of this conference is to bring together delegates from different disciplines to stimulate exchange of knowledge and discussion, encouraging  cross-disciplinary approaches from various fields, including but not limited to urban studies, architecture, economics ,planning, and urban geography.  The conference will consider past approaches to housing provision, both from the state and the private sector, and their relevance to the understanding and improvement of models of housing development today. The conference organisers invite proposals for papers  or presentations of  20 minutes in length. Submissions are welcomed on any subject related to the general theme. Topics may include, for example:

Planning and Design
Roles of developers, planners, architects, builders, users
Role of government, regulations and policies
Increasing density, provision of amenities
Conservation and conversion of existing buildings
Development and Finance
Speculation, financing of developments
Modes of occupation, i.e. renting, ownership
Productivity, low cost housing
Community land trustsultural and Social
Everyday life and experiences, i.e. high rise living, local identity
Crime and ‘design against crime’
Marketing and the language of housing

Please send abstracts and an author biography (including institutional affiliation) each of no more than 250 words by 14 December  2012 by email to the Centre for Metropolitan History at The call for papers is open to both established and early career researchers.


Call for papers. Colonial andPostcolonial Urban Planning in Africa
International conference: International Planning History Society (IPHS)& Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon
Deadline: January 15, 2013
Lisbon, 5-6 September 2013

The conference aims to re-examine the history of colonial urban planning in Africa and its legacies in the post-independence period, to learn from contemporary African scholarship, and to discuss how postcolonial urban planning cultures can actually address these urban challenges and contribute effectively for the development of resilient and sustainable citie sin Africa.

The Conference, to be held in Lisbon, in September 2013, organized by the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning - University of Lisbon and the International Planning History Society (IPHS), will explore two key themes in the history of urban planning in Africa:

Theme I - 19th and 20th Century Colonial Urban Planning inAfrica

Theme II - Postcolonial Urban Planning in Africa

In both themes we welcome country and cross-country approaches, studies of individual cities, and the comparison of African cities with one another. We invite researchers, planners and postgraduate students to present critical analyses of the multifaceted urban planning experience in Africa.

Selection criteria: All submissions will be peer-reviewed for content and appropriateness to this conference.

Expected outcomes: One of the expected outcomes of the conference is the publication of a selection of papers in an edited book and in peer-reviewed academic journals. Plans have been made for possible publication in the IPHS section of the journal “Planning Perspectives - An International Journal of History, Planning and the Environment”. Plans have also been made for the submission of a selection of papers to the “Journal of Contemporary African Studies”. The selected manuscripts will undergo the standard peer-review process of these journals.

We hope the conference will also provide the opportunity for the development of an inter-disciplinary and inter-generational research network which might help to advance critical thinking about urban planning inAfrica.

Important dates: Abstracts are due before January 15, 2013. Notices of acceptance will be sent by e-mail on February 15, 2013.

All colleagues interested to participate in the conference are invited to submit, by e-mail, an abstract (up to 500 words), by no later than 15 January 2013, to: Carlos Nunes Silva, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal, E-mail:

Conference location: Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal.



Call for papers. The Transformation of Urban Britain since 1945
Conference organised by the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester
Deadline: 1 February 2013
9-10 July 2013 

Plenary Speakers: John Gold (Oxford Brookes); Frank Mort (Manchester); Guy Ortolano (New York University); Selina Todd (St Hildas, Oxford)

During the second half of the twentieth century the towns and cities of Britain were transformed more extensively than at any period since
the industrial revolution. Millions of people were moved from the centre of cities to new urban settlements in what Alison Ravetz called
'the greatest internal migration in British history'; whole manufacturing industries and their associated communities and
cultures, which had dominated much of urban Britain north of the Trent for two centuries, were swept away in a matter of decades; and the
steady influx of peoples from the old empire and Europe created new community formations and ultimately a multicultural Britain which was
also overwhelmingly urban. Britain's towns and cities today are barely recognisable from the drab and damaged places that emerged from the
Second World War.

The history of this transformation has only been written in part- significantly the final volume of the Cambridge Urban History of
Britain, the most substantial scholarly overview of the subject, stops in1950. The purpose of this conference is to bring together for the
first time the growing body of expertise and knowledge of urban Britain since 1945 to debate the ways in which that history might be
written. We want to bring together not only different types of historian -social, cultural, economic, urban, planning - around this
subject but also others who have a direct interest in it: conservationists, policy-makers, journalists and others. One of the
purposes of the conference is to create a network of scholars and practitioners on post-war urban Britain.

We are interested in particular in inviting papers and panels on the following themes, which are illustrative and not exhaustive:

 The history of new terminologies of urban description: 'city centre', 'inner city', 'greenfield/brownfield', etc.

Histories of industrial decline (or renewal) and their impact on urban communities and landscapes.

 The relationship between global political and economic processes (e.g. decolonisation, transnational capital, the European Union) and urban Britain;

Urban governance in the period, including local-central relations, the role of private developers, municipal corruption, etc.

Consumerism, including the history of the shopping precinct and mall, the corner store, the sex trade, etc.

 Urban infrastructures: motorways, electrification, cyber-technologies

Urban protest movements: anti-roads, squatting, conservation, etc.

Identity politics: urban space and the creation of 'new' social and sexual identities

Proposals for papers or panels of three speakers plus chair/discussant (max. one page A4) should be sent to Simon Gunn ( or Rebecca Madgin ( by Friday 1 February 2013.



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