Friday, April 11, 2014


 "Questioning the Temporalities of Metropolitan Memory: Transitions, Cycles, Durations and Moments"
"Metropolitan Temporalities" Conference
Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany
November 20 - 22, 2014

We hereby invite submissions for the paper session “Questioning the Temporalities of Metropolitan Memory: Transitions, Cycles, Durations, and Moments” as part of the forthcoming conference “Metropolitan Temporalities.”

Metropolitan Temporalities is the third annual conference of the International Graduate Research Program Berlin – New York – Toronto “The World in the City,“ and will take place November 20 – 22, 2014 at the Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany.

Over the past three decades, both urban studies and globalization studies have predominately focused on spatial concerns, often neglecting the important temporal dimensions of global urban development. Our third annual conference therefore seeks to systematically examine the diverse temporal aspects of global exchange and metropolitan development in four thematic clusters: metropolitan pasts and futures; politics of time; metropolitan rhythms; and economies of time.

Session Description
Within the interdisciplinary sub-field of memory studies that has emerged since the 1980s, the urban realm has been acknowledged to be particularly well-attuned to reflect the dynamics of social memory and has subsequently been elevated as a key context for investigation. Within this body of literature, however, notions of temporality and time are often under-scrutinized and their significance is often assumed to be self-evidently connected to the process of handling the past in the present. Temporality is almost always present but is rarely the focus of such studies. One notable and influential theoretical exception is Jan Assmann’s attention to memory transitions, most significantly the transition between ‘communicative’ and ‘cultural’ memory, determined by generational cycles and characterised by durations of 80-100 years. In addition, numerous empirical studies have emphasised memory moments or ‘flashpoints’ – commemorative anniversaries or instances of returning social relevancy that facilitate the remembrance of specific pasts and the repression of others. These explications of mnemonic temporalities, however, may themselves be of the past, outdated and no longer suited for the study of metropolitan memory in the early 21st century. Globalisation processes, in particular the spread of virtual and digital technologies with their increasing degrees of social connectivity and instantaneity, have eroded the sharp distinctions that formerly characterised notions of ‘metropolis’, ‘time’ and ‘temporality.’

This urban temporal transformation has undoubtedly changed the nature of urban memory, although the precise ways in which this has occurred has yet to be fully empirically investigated or theoretically formulated. As such, this session invites paper proposals that question and explicate the changing temporalities of urban memory.  Preference will be given to proposals that explicitly emphasise the temporal transfigurations of existing theories of urban memory and question their ongoing validity through the application of comparative and transnational perspectives and where possible, in reference to empirical case studies.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words by April 30th to and .

There is the possibility of financial support for accepted participants.

Emily Bereskin
Center for Metropolitan Studies
Berlin, Germany

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

„Mahalle Meets Stadtquartier: Berlin – Rabat – Tehran – Istanbul“

Call for Applications - Internationales PhD Kolloquium „Mahalle Meets Stadtquartier: Berlin – Rabat – Tehran – Istanbul“, Deadline: 30.04.2014.

Die Habitat Unit ruft zu Bewerbungen für das internationale Austauschprogramm
 „Mahalle meets Stadtquartier“ auf. 
Bewerben können sich Doktorand_innen verschiedener akademischer Disziplinen, die Ihren Forschungsschwerpunkt in Stadtbezirken o.ä. in einem oder mehreren der teilnehmenden Partnerländer haben.

Die vollständige Ausschreibung ist hier erhältlich: 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dreamed/planned cities and experienced cities

Venue & Date: University Jean Monnet, St Etienne, France, 8-10 July 2014

Nowadays, there is a growing interest among anthropologists to do urban research that looks at both the government of the city and the dwellers' representations of the city (Lefebvre). Many ethnographies have thus focused, on the one hand, on urban policies and, on the other hand, on social practices. The Urban Anthropology Series - published by Ashgate - and the works published in the Journal Urbanities are good examples of this growing trend among anthropologists, which is consistent with the major transformation of cities around the world: gentrification, competition between cities, urban sprawl, mobility, heritagization, etc.. Urbanity is paradoxically claimed as one of the main attributes of Modernity at a time when cities are diluting and disseminating.

The aim of this conference is to understand both the dreamed/planned cities  and the experienced cities. However, we do not want to oppose those who  think the city to those who inhabit and practice it. Everyone is entitled to have personal thoughts about the place where one lives.

General Convenors are:

Michel Rautenberg, Centre Max Weber, Université Jean Monnet, St Etienne,France
Corine Védrine, Centre Max Weber, Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture de Lyon, France

I am particularly interested in contributions for the session that I will convene:


Planning for Renewal and Resettlement: Contested Visions
Convenor: Pr Dolores Koenig, American University, Washington, DC,

Politicians and urban planners often put forward visions of urban futures that involve new infrastructure, urban renewal, or large sporting events, which require the relocation of existing residents. Relocated residents rarely embrace these visions, asserting alternatives that value their ways of living; they offer their own visions, which imagine the poor as major contributors to the city. In 2003 when Vision Mumbai proposed steps to be taken to transform Mumbai into a "world-class city" by 2013, urban activists rejected the report, saying that it presented a vision of a city without poor people. They stressed instead that the poor were the basis of city life: building its buildings, keeping it clean, and serving its people.

This workshop seeks contributions that look at the particular clashes that occur when governments and private organizations propose development and change that involve the destruction of existing neighborhoods and the relocation of their residents. To what extent do politicians and urban planners justify these plans by visions of urban growth or quality of urban life? How do the potentially relocated respond?
Under what conditions do they create alternative visions? When do they negotiate or collaborate with planners? What sorts of activism do they undertake?

If you are interested in participating, please send your paper proposal (around 200 words) directly to me ( before April 30 2014.

There are other exciting workshops planned as well. All of them are looking for papers.

For further information, please google "annual conference CUA IUAES" and choose the PDF for Annual Conference of the Commission on Urban...

Dolores Koenig
American University

Thursday, March 13, 2014

CFP:Transformations of Urban Areas in East-Central and Western Europe LE HAVRE, October 29 – 31, 2014

Since the late XX century the countries of East-Central Europe survive a period of deep changes. Like in other European countries, towns are there at the heart of multi-scale transformations embracing their whole territory, affecting all aspects of social life. What spatial processes are observed in urban areas of East Central Europe and Russia as compared with West Europe?

The inter-disciplinary conference "Transformations of Urban Areas in East-Central and Western Europe” will be focused on spatial trends at all territorial scales - in cities, towns, agglomerations, as well as in suburban areas quickly spreading to more and more peripheral territories. The conference will be also devoted to the influence of cities on the organization of space and on the continuous restructuring of urban regions and their hierarchy.

Urban and periurban level

It is planned to consider inner processes in urban areas, especially morphological, functional and social changes, in particular elaboration and application of urban master plans, de-industrialisation, the use and the conversion of brawn fields, the renewal of cities’ centres, localization of retail trade and other tertiary activities, congestion, transportation systems, social polarization, gentrification of central areas and slums in peripheries. They will also analyze urban sprawl, patterns of suburbanization and transformation of second homes (dachas) around East European cities into permanent settlements.

Urban spatial processes may be spontaneous or result from the activity of central and local authorities or of private developers promoting rehabilitation of old neighbourhoods or of new housing. The conference will analyze the impact of the recently emerged housing market on the morphology and the functions of urban and suburban areas, the development of gated communities and the expansion of individual housing in peripheral parts of urban areas in East-Central Europe. A special attention will be paid to the role of accessibility and transport in the production of space in different historical and social conditions. 

Comparative studies are most welcome. It seems, indeed, that a similar urban morphology cannot be explained by the same reasons. Likewise, the same factors can create different morphological forms. 

Urban networks level

The conference will discuss the evolution of urban networks – whether they become more centralized or polycentric, as well as the advantages of metropolization – the localisation of large cities in the centre of communications’ networks and at the foci of different material and non-material flows, the growing financial centralization and the territorial concentration of human capital, the accelerated development of high level tertiary activities and creative potential. Do these processes prevent the development of polycentric structures which help to avoid social costs imposed by the hypertrophy of global cities (the constant growth of real estate’s prices, excessive polarisation and social pathologies, pollution and degradation of environment)?

The situation in East-Central and West Europe, in particular “horizontal” links between regional centres avoiding the capital and between small and medium towns around central cities of urban agglomerations will be compared. Particularly interesting is the question about cross-border interactions between small and medium towns in the heart of Europe. They also will shed light on the impact of metropolization on the functions of small and medium towns and other places. 

Urban governance

Real limits of a city rarely match administrative boundaries. The authorities of many countries launched the reforms of the administrative structure and governance of urban areas. In Russia and Ukraine there is yet a lack of legislation regulating the cooperation between central cities and other municipalities making part of urban agglomerations. Local authorities often try to create a single "vertical of power" incorporating all metropolitan region into a single territorial administration.

At the same time, large public or private firms have now in post-Soviet and post-socialist countries much more power in urban and regional development than municipal and even regional authorities. Private interests are sometimes dominating public interests. Regional metropolises are more depending on private investments and outside projects. However, urban authorities express an increasing interest in transforming their cities in major economic, financial, cultural centres of large territories including neighbouring regions and towns. 

Before April 30, 2014, submitting of contributions to the following address:

according to the following guidelines:
- Maximum one page,
- Title, author(s) Function(s), affiliation(s),
- Keywords,
- Summary.

Friday, March 7, 2014



Deadline for submissions: 4 April 2014, 5pm
Production residency: 5 May – 15 June 2014
Public presentation: 19 – 22 June 2014

Eastern Bloc’ media lab is a space for experimenting, learning, theorizing and creating – a place to further develop systems-based, networked, generative and hybrid practices through an artist-led discourse. The lab is a site of convergence for artists (both emerging and established), professionals, students, technicians, theorists and curators – encouraged to work side by side, supporting one another conceptually as well as technically.

Eastern Bloc’s residency program, with its three residencies per year (Fall, Winter, Spring), is a chance for artists and audiences to critically engage in the artistic process, with a focus on DIY and open source culture as well as and the political discourse surrounding contemporary digital culture, and a special consideration for pedagogy and technological democratization.

For the upcoming Spring residency, artists (or artist collectives) are asked to submit a project in one or more of the following disciplines: Net art, interactive installation/performance, bio art, audio/video installation, audio/video performance, sound performance, public intervention.

Please include in the project description how the proposed project responds to the following criteria (the artistic merit of your application will be judged based on these criteria):

Puts forward a process of exploration/risk-taking/experimentation within a public context

Presents critically engaged content

Exploits the material framework and conceptual parameters of the mediums and technologies used

Use of multiple platforms/systems/networks and/or use of open source technologies

Explores current trends in digital culture

Investigates the digital language and its norms and structures

Looks to build upon or challenge the normative structures of New Media art production and exhibition

The selected artist or artist collective will benefit from a 6 week production residency in the Eastern Bloc lab (5 May – 15 June 2014), followed by 4 days to present the completed work or work-in-progress in one of the centre’s gallery spaces (19 - 22 June 2014). The artist or collective will benefit from the following services:
Open access to the research & production lab
Guided technical assistance during the 6 week production period (provided by the Lab Coordinator and/or a lab volunteer)
Access to the lab’s equipment and tools (click here for detailed list of lab equipment and tools)
Access to small storage space for materials and personal equipment
A maximum of 10 hours of in-gallery technical assistance for the installation and dismantle of the project before and after the presentation period
Photo and video documentation of the residency process (including production, exhibition, workshop and artist talk)

The selected artist or collective is required to give at least one workshop, on a related subject, in the lab (open to Eastern Bloc’s members and the general community, maximum of 15 participants); as well as give an artist talk (open to the general public) about the project created while in residency at Eastern Bloc. The selected artist or collective will receive a total fee of $1150 for the residency (including production, presentation and workshop).

Artists must submit the following:
Artistic statement (max 250 words)
Detailed description of the project including technical requirements (max 500 words)
Bio and up-to-date CV of all collaborators
Support material of current or past works (max. 10 images and/or 3 audio/video excerpts)

All completed submissions must be sent by email to no later than 5pm on April 4th, 2014.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Rome, Italy
Sapienza University of Rome
25-27 June 2014

On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the International Advisory Board, we are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Ninth International Conference on the Arts in Society and the Call for Submissions to The Arts Journal Collection. 

The 2014 Arts in Society Conference will be held in Rome, Italy from the 25-27 June at Sapienza University of Rome. Proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops, roundtables, or colloquia are invited to the conference, addressing the arts through one of the following themes:

Theme 1: Arts Education
Theme 2: Arts Theory and History 
Theme 3: New Media, Technology, and the Arts
Theme 4: Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts
Theme 5: The Lives of Art

Presenters also have the option to submit completed papers to one of the fully peer-reviewed journals in The Arts Collection. If you are unable to attend the conference, you may still join the community and submit your article for peer review and possible publication, upload an online presentation, and enjoy subscriber access to the journal.

Proposals are reviewed on rolling deadlines. The final submission deadline for in-person presentations is 25 May 2014 (title and short abstract). Proposals submitted after this day will be accommodated in non-themed sessions at the conference or are eligible for community membership registrations (no attendance at conference required with community membership presentations).

For more information and to submit a proposal visit:


Sponsored by: The Arts in Society knowledge community / Common Ground Publishing

Monday, February 24, 2014

CfP: Diversity in the City: Shifting realities and ways forward

International conference, Centre for Geographical Studies, IGOT, University of Lisbon, 26-27th June, 2014

Keynote speakers:
- Professor Richard Alba, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA
- Professor Deborah Phillips, University of Oxford, UK
- Professor Thomas Maloutas, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece
- Dr Richard Gale, University of Cardiff, UK
- Dr Venetia Evergetti, University of Surrey, UK

In the context of elevated levels of global migration, urban populations have become increasingly diverse along the lines of ethnicity, culture, religion, and origin. Processes of globalisation have not only meant that traditional reception centres have become more diverse, but that migrants have also settled in new destinations with no prior experience of diversity. As cities are generally the main recipients of international migrants, they have been the locus of social and spatial change and have often taken the lead on integration on the ground. Different ways of conceptualising urban diversity and migrant insertion in the city have spanned different social, political and theoretical perspectives, but in the context of changing realties they face the need to reflexively question themselves.

In the light of recent shifts, due to the economic crisis, new migration patterns, policy changes or otherwise, we are concerned with the challenges that cities face in the accommodation of diversity across sectors from the housing and labour market to the arts. We wish to see these developments and transformations in the city not only from the viewpoint of demography, policy and urban planning but also focussing on migrant groups’ experiences, histories, agency and internal diversity.

We welcome academics, PhD students and policy practitioners from a wide range of disciplines to submit an abstract on one of the following themes.

M1 - Urban segregation, residential mobility and the housing market

M2 - Socio-spatial Integration (across domains)

M3 - Urban transformations and diversity at the local level

M4 - Geographies of encounter, interaction and spatial practices

M5 – Globalization, transnational practices and everyday life

M6 - Religious and faith communities

M7 - Migrants histories and ontologies (memory and diaspora; affect and exclusion)

M8 - Migrants and Art (e.g. youth programmes as instruments for integration; the marketing of migrant cultures for regeneration; the presence or absence of migrants in the erudite arts; etc.).

M9 - Public Policy, urban planning and migrant populations

M10 - The right to the city (experimental spaces of insertion; gentrification; etc.)

M11 - Welfare and service provision

M12 – New research methods and approaches

Submission of abstracts:
Abstracts of a maximum of 300 words should be sent by the 5th March 2014 to
Acceptance decisions will be communicated by the 15th March 2014.

Presentations at the conference:
Presentations will be grouped by themes in parallel sessions. Presentations should last a maximum of 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes set for discussion.

Conference publications:
It will not be required of participants with accepted abstracts to send a written paper. With academic life becoming incessantly demanding, we prefer to lighten the workload and instead stimulate rich and open discussions. For those who wish to send a written paper, we will make it available to conference participants. Following the conference, we will invite selected authors to submit a paper based on their presentation for publication in an edited volume.

There is no conference registration fee, but travel and accommodation expenses should be covered by the participants.
For further information: please contact Jennifer McGarrigle