Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Residence Grant Program at the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe

The Center for Urban History of East Central Europe invites
applications for the annual Residence Grant Program.

The Center welcomes applications which reflect a broad interpretation
of urban history as a discipline where diverse humanities and social
science approaches meet. Projects can be based, for instance, on one
or several of the following approaches: "traditional" archival
research, oral history, ethnographic, or sociological methodologies.

Residence Grants will be available for postgraduate students and
scholars (independently of citizenship or place of work or residence)
interested in working in Lviv.

The grants consist of up to one month of free accommodation at the
Center and access to the Center's resources. Recipients will be given
a room in the Center´s modern shared guest appartment. All rooms face
the Center's green courtyard and have wireless internet
connection.The grants do not include travel costs, board and other
living expenses.

We ask Residence Grant recipients to present their research at the
Center's Urban Seminar.

Application Materials:
- Project Description (1000-2000 words)
- CV
- One Letter of Recommendation (only in the case of scholars who have
no doctoral decree or its equivalent)

Please send all application materials as Word or PDF attachments to
the Center's Academic Coordinator dr. Iryna Matsevko, by e-mail ( no later than 10 March 2015. Please enter
"Residence Grant Application 2015" in the subject header.

The results of the competition will be announced not later than 1
April 2015. The jury is not required to publicly justify its

Applications may be submitted in the following languages: Ukrainian,
English, Polish, Russian, German.

Monday, February 23, 2015

We week our workshop on postsocialist cities at the Herder - Institute

Current Research on Post-Socialist Cities in East Central Europe:
Transformations of Public Urban Spaces after 1989 –
Agents, Practices and Strategies
   Marburg, 3-4 March 2015, Venue: Herder Institute for historical Research
  on East Central Europe

Herder-Insitut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung

Thursday, February 19, 2015


The position is full-time, for three years, starting in November 2015.



APPLICATION. Applicants must fill out the online application form at and attach the required documents (among them:
Curriculum Vitae, Master Thesis in the original language, a summary of
the Master Thesis in English).

SCHOLARSHIP. The gross amount of a single scholarship is 16160 €/year.
All PhD students will have free accommodation. Meals expenses will be
partly covered with luncheon vouchers and other recreational and
cultural services will be offered.

PHD PROGRAMME IN URBAN STUDIES. For information on the GSSI doctoral
programme in Urban Studies, please visit:

CONTACTS. For further information:  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Summer Institute in Urban Studies 2015 - Manchester

The 2015 Summer Institute in Urban Studies (SIUS15) will take place at the University of Manchester from the evening of Sunday 28 June to the evening of Thursday 2 July 2015. It provides an opportunity to investigate cutting edge theoretical and methodological questions, along with a range of associated career development issues, in the field of urban studies.

The Institute will feature contributions from internationally renowned figures in urban studies, from inside and outside of Manchester.

Open to doctoral students (usually post-fieldwork), postdoctoral researchers, and recently appointed faculty/lecturers (normally within three years of first continuing appointment), the Institute comprises an intensive, week-long program of activities.

It is designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the innovatory developments and enduring controversies in urban studies, as well as mentoring and support in the different aspects of the academic labour process, from applying for grants to designing courses, from editing books and special issues of journals to writing book proposals, and from publishing in journals to working at the academic/non-academic interface. It will consist of panels, lectures, reading groups, with participants involved in shaping the final programme.

Confirmed special guest speakers include: Roger Keil (York University, Canada); Pauline Lipman (UIC); Simon Marvin (Durham); Jennifer Robinson (UCL).

In addition the event will include multi-disciplinary contributions from academics, researchers and specialists at the University of Manchester and associated with cities@manchester. In addition to those giving plenaries a range of others will be acting as chairs, discussants and panellists during the course of the Institute, with further details to be confirmed.

The University of Manchester

Sunday, February 15, 2015

CfP:The HYBRID CITY 3: Data to the People - University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Conference, workshops and parallel events
17-19 September 2015

Hybrid City is an international biennial event dedicated to exploring the
emergent character of the city and the potential transformative shift of the
urban condition, as a result of ongoing developments in information and
communication technologies (ICTs) and of their integration in the urban
physical context. It aims to promote dialogue and knowledge exchange among
experts drawn from academia, as well as researchers, artists, designers,
advocates, stakeholders and decision makers, actively involved in addressing
questions on the nature of the technologically mediated urban activity and
experience. The second installment of the Hybrid City, that took place in
2013 boasted seven keynote speakers, sixty-eight paper presentations and
diverse parallel events, that were documented in the printed volume of

Hybrid City Conference 2015 in Athens, Greece will consist of three days of
paper presentations, panel discussions, workshops and satellite events,
under the theme "Data to the People". The events are organized by the
University Research Institute of Applied Communication (URIAC), in
collaboration with New Technologies Laboratory, of the Faculty of
Communication and Media Studies, of the University of Athens. The main venue of the conference is the central, historic building of the University of
Athens, while workshops, projects' presentations and parallel events will
take place in other University venues and collaborating centers and
institutions, in the center of Athens

The 2015 theme: Data to the People

So far in the 21st century, we have experienced a multi-faceted crisis
that's challenging the current structural paradigm at a global scale. This
crisis is not only economic; it is also social, political and environmental.
As such, it has a very prominent urban dimension, exposing cities to a
diverse spectrum of distress. Acute natural disasters -earthquakes, fires,
or phenomena related to climate change; floods, severe snowfall, fires etc.
- precarious access to basic resources such as food and water, lack of
opportunities for employment, inefficient social services, e.g. healthcare
and education, along with ever increasing unforeseeable acts of violence -a
complex and manifold phenomenon on its own right- render living in urban
areas vulnerable.

The third Hybrid City Conference seeks to investigate Information
Communication Technologies (ICTs) as means of supporting more Sustainable
Cities and Resilient, Self-Reliant Communities and for empowering Citizens.
By proclaiming "Data to the People" the Hybrid City Conference adopts a
citizen centered approach and seeks to highlight bottom-up projects and
initiatives and processes of technological mediation, which assist
individuals, communities and cities in responding and adapting to
challenges.  The Hybrid City Conference aims to offer insights into the
complexity of factors that weaken the city fabric and affect urban
wellbeing. Furthermore, it aims to investigate the potential of ICTs to
support proactive and collective design towards future cities, focusing on
real needs and away from a smart-everything rhetoric.

Hybrid City cordially invites papers both employing a theoretical and/or a
practical approach that present concepts, case studies, projects, works of
art and best practices promoting the discussion on the theme. Emphasizing
the inherently interdisciplinary nature of technologically mediated urban
activity, we welcome proposals discussing concepts or documenting projects
of urban innovation, that through originality contribute to shaping the
future of the hybrid city and offer useful insights to the hybridization
process of the urban environment.


Author's Guidelines

Submissions should include:
. Extended abstract of 750 - 1000 words, (including references).
. Biographical statement of no more than 250 words.
. Keywords (at least five).
All abstracts will undergo a double, blind peer review. Selected authors
will be asked to submit a full paper (8 pages), or short paper (4 pages) to
be included in the printed conference proceedings. Further details will be
announced right after the notification of acceptance

Important dates
Deadline for extended abstract submissions:    15/3/15
Response to authors:                    22/4/15
Camera ready full paper submission:            22/6/15

Please submit your contribution using the online platform.

For any queries or further info please contact us at:
hybridcityathens [at] gmail [dot] com

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Call: Urban Lab+ London Symposium

Global Urban Higher Education: the challenges and potentials of internationalisation
16-17 September 2015 UCL Urban Laboratory, University College London

Deadline: 11 AM GMT, Monday 27 April 2015

In a world that is both rapidly urbanising and globalising, it is widely acknowledged that it is crucial to facilitate urban education that is based on global knowledge and addresses international issues. But it is not always clear how this can be best implemented in practice, especially to ensure urban education plays a constitutive role in addressing issues of urban inequality and global disparities in the production of urban knowledge, and in the application of expertise.

University College London (UCL) will be hosting a major international symposium on global approaches to urban higher education on 16 and 17 September 2015. This event forms part of the Urban Lab+ initiative funded by the European Commission's Erasmus Mundus programme and including eight urban laboratories from across the world.

These units have in common their dedication to multi-/cross-/inter- and trans-disciplinary learning; their emphasis on hands-on collaborative research and education; and their attempts to bring together the disciplinary resources of the academy with the practical spheres of architecture, urban design and planning. Working in partnership the labs have been engaged in conversations focused on how interdisciplinary, practice-oriented and international approaches to built environment education relate to the question of urban social inclusion and exclusion.

Summer School in 'Urban Culture in Theory and Action' - Copenhagen University

The Summer School in 'Urban Culture in Theory and Action' (Copenhagen University, Denmark), 10th to 22nd of August 2015 is accepting applications. 

The course focuses on cultural entrepreneurship and social innovation in the city by combining urban theory with hands-on practice. Through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and field trips, the student will engage with cultural practitioners and urban theorists from across the world. Bringing academic knowledge of urban life together with empirical know-how generated by practitioners, the program do-it-yourself approach will help students develop their own ideas into project proposals that can inspire entrepreneurship and innovation in their home cities.
The program is tied together with the simultaneous Strøm electronic music festival and embedded within Copenhagen’s alternative spaces, particularly the co-creative community PB43. Using Copenhagen as a laboratory for studying music, art and innovative use or development of urban space, the course also opens up to cross-cultural and global perspectives through presentations of research from Asia and the Middle East.
The summer school is open to applicants at MA-level from across the world. Please refer to for more information.