Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CFP: Negotiating Change in Urban Spaces from the Middle Ages to the Present - Oxford

Deadline: 31.10.2014

This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore the ways in which
physical transformations of urban spaces have been negotiated and/or
narrated over time. The politics of space continues to attract leading
research, especially during moments of palpable transition such as the
tearing down of city walls or the rebuilding of war-damaged districts.
In these situations, struggles over municipal laws, codes, or
regulations, or the changing aesthetics or rhythms of urban spaces
illuminate a great deal about how the city has been imagined. They
underscore the narratives that urban dwellers, professionals and
government officials have told about the built environment and used to
influence its transformation. In this sense, the imagined geography,
image, role and importance of a city as conceived by a myriad
'interested parties' is as important as its physical reality. However,
these rhetorically and visually defined cities never stop taking their
legitimacy from the physical city.

This conference seeks to gather together academics from a number of
disciplines interested in this relationship between material change and
discourse. Some examples of the many ways in which this can be explored
include investigations into the primacy of place in debates over urban
change, be it structurally, politically, or socially understood.
Likewise, investigations of mental geographies have enriched our
understandings of clashes over urban development, through an increased
sensitivity to how different forms of borders are created and policed.
Other researchers have looked to explore questions of memory or heritage
in material change. Indeed, this holds true for a whole range of
political, social or cultural ideas. And of course, explorations of the
relationship between the local and the global have raised fascinating
questions of how urban identities were understood in space and changed
across time. 

We are seeking papers that consider the complexities of negotiating
and/or narrating urban transformations according to any disciplinary
approach. There are no restrictions on geographical region or time
period but a reference to change according to one of the following

- Infrastructural change
- Changes in housing and/or living standards
- Changing regulations, including of the sounds, smells and rhythms of
urban life
- Local and/or global relationships in the city
- Aesthetics or artistic depictions of the city
- The development of heritage and sites of memory 
- Changing tensions between secular and religious spaces or
- Policing, surveillance and deviance

In order to ground the conference discussions in the realities of
navigating change in the city, the conference will also include a number
of architects and urban planners to help enrich the ways in which we
talk about the city. 

The conference will take place at Nuffield College, University of Oxford
and will be consist of panels of short summary presentations based on
pre-circulated papers of 5-6000 words. There will be no conference fee -
coffee and meals including the evening meal are included. Limited
funding to subsidize travel costs and accommodation is available, to
those without a full wage or institutional support. 

Paper proposals of up to 500 words and as well as an abridged curriculum
vitae should be sent to by 31 October 2014. The
conference language will be English.

Please address all queries to: Sheona Davies,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CfP: Subversive Practices and Imagined Realities in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe since 1945

Session Convenors:
Amy Bryzgel, University of Aberdeen,
Andrea Euringer-Bátorová, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia,

In communist Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, the building of socialism had as its final endpoint a utopia that provided the ultimate motivation: sacrifice now, reward later. In its sheer impossibility, it was an elusive and illusory dream that formed the foundation for everyday life under totalitarian regime. Within this visionary world, artists such as Alexander Mlynarcik (Slovakia), Marko Kovacic (Slovenia) or Mark Verlan (Moldova), created their own parallel worlds, utopias, dystopias, and fantastic domains. In many cases, alternative and nonofficial artists’ works served to carve out a unique space in the so-called “grey zone” of Europe, which offered an alternative not only to state-sponsored socialism, but also to Western capitalism, both of which many artists and dissidents viewed with equal suspicion. This panel will examine a range of artistic ideas, participative strategies, subversive practices, networks and projects (imaginary or real), which demonstrate an alternative sphere of thinking and modes of creative living, and which possibly attempt to move beyond the classical binary systems of West and East – all from within an everyday world order that seemed to be set in stone. We also invite papers that offer a more differentiated view, even extending to the post-socialist period, aiming to re-evaluate the nexus of aesthetics and politics and produce new interpretations and analytical approaches regarding counterculture and censorship, which explore the relational aspects of following binaries: official and unofficial, political and apolitical, permitted and prohibited – under totalitarian rule.

The deadline for abstracts is November 10, 2014. Paper proposals must be emailed directly to the session convenor(s). You must provide a 250 word abstract for a 30 minute paper. Include your name and institution affiliation (if any). Please follow the format found in the “Paper Proposal Guidelines” document found here:
You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenor(s). - See more at:

Unfortunately no fee is payable to speakers; all speakers must register and pay to attend the conference.

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Public art festival - ARTPROSPECT in Saint Petersburg

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Micro-urbanism. City in details

Micro-urbanism. City in details. 

Ed. by Olga Brednikova and Oksana Zaporozhets. 

Moscow: New Literary Observer, 2014.
The book is devoted to and inspired by contemporary city. A variety of research approaches grasping the fluidity, plurality and ambiguity of urban life are united by micro-urbanism as a common analytical perspective. Micro-urbanism is a possibility to look at the city at the close distance, to discern it in nuances and details. It unfolds a dense everyday life of the city and highlights the urbanites as its main actors, who create the city, its places and routes via everyday activities, senses and feelings. Along with the usual, though not quite familiar, urban characters such as public transport passengers, wedding companies and omnipresent tourists, the book introduces relatively new participants of urban life: urban explorers, graffiti writers, sellers and buyers of flea markets, and many other. Vivid narrations bring to life vibrant and emotionally saturated city.

Monday, September 22, 2014


 The Arts in Society Knowledge Community
London, UK
Imperial College London
22-24 July 2015
The 2015 Arts in Society Conference will be held in London, UK from 22-24 July at Imperial College London. Proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, workshops, focused discussions, 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
- Special Focus: The Work of Art in the Age of Networked Society
- James Bridle-Artist, Writer, and Publisher, London, UK
- Ruth Catlow-Co-founder and Artistic Director, Furtherfield; Head, Writtle School of Design, London, UK
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 19 May 2015 (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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Call for Proposals : CONNECTING CITIES: InVISIBLE and VISIBLE Cities 2015

Connecting Cities


European Urban Media Network for Connecting Cities is a network of European institutions that aims to foster the circulation of artistic and cultural contents throughout European urban screens and mediafacades.

Our today's modern cities are hybrid structures in which technology is invisibly interweaved in the perception layers of our everyday lives. With the curatorial theme of InVISIBLE and VISIBLE Cities we want to develop an awareness on the changes which are hardly visible to the eyes and are underlying our nowadays cities.

Please submit your project proposal until 31 October, 2014.

More information:

The Connecting Cities Network is initiated by Public Art Lab Berlin in cooperation with 23 international partners in 21 cities:Ars Electronica Futurelab Linz – Medialab-Prado Madrid – FACT Liverpool – Foundation Bauhaus Dessau
– Videospread Marseille – Marseille - Provence 2013 – iMAL Brussels – Riga 2014 – BIS (Body Process Arts Association) Istanbul– FACT Liverpool – m-cult Helsinki – Media Architecture Institute Vienna – Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb – University of Aarhus – MUTEK Montreal – Quartier des spectacles Montreal – verve cultural Sao Paulo – Federation Square Melbourne –xm:lab Saarbrücken – Media Arts Lab Sapporo – The Concourse Sydney – Etopia Centre for Art and Technology Zaragoza – International Art Centre Wuhan

Connecting Cities is supported by the Culture Programme 2007-13 of the European Union.

CALL FOR FILMS ! 7th Budapest Architecture Film Days, March 2015

Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre
Deadline: 31st October, 2014.

Do you have a film on architecture or the city? Send it to us! The Budapest Architecture Film Days is now accepting submissions for its 7th edition to be held in Budapest in March 2015. We are looking for works in all genres, forms and lengths related to design, architecture and built environment. Entry is free.

The mission of the film festival is to generate a dialogue between architectural practice that finds inspiration in cinema, and cinema borrowing its subjects from architecture and the city. For more information about the festival please visit For related questions please contact

Please find the steps of submitting a film below:

1. Fill out the online submission form
2. Send your film via an online file-transferring platform (dropbox, webtransfer, etc.) to