Call for abstracts: City Street 2 Conference

New York street in the rain

Deadline: 4 December 2015 - 12:00am

Dates: 7 - 13 November 2016


Where: Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon

Venue: Notre Dame University Louaize Main Campus

Conveners: Notre Dame University Louaize

Conference theme

Streets connect but also disrupt. Streets are traces of cities’ evolution and of civilizations. In the 21st century, with unprecedented urbanization and the need for planning resilient cities, the impact on streets is tremendous in relation to transport, communication, identities, safety, functions and socio-cultural roles. Queries arise, on whether anticipating or influencing change in the roles and characters of streets should be addressed within pre-determined conventional, professional, and institutional settings or within a broader framework.

Defining the need for reforming streets that disrupt to those that connect, this conference asks: to what extent should disciplines be engaged with street progress in terms of theory, practice and education in an era with new social networks, new political springs, new diseases, and new forms of art and culture? To what extent are streets urban arteries seeking to facilitate communication or is there a new complexity of streets, uncertainties, and questions to be addressed?

As various actors find ways to express what is going on in streets in terms of their design, use and role in cities, the discussion on streets goes beyond the domain of design and planning. Various aspects of deliberate manifestations of social needs and concerns are addressed within the broader scope of everyday life, politics, economy, technology, communication, to name few. With their ambitions and interests, these actors attempt to reform streets in a versatile global framework, using a wide range of tools based on their backgrounds (internet, writing, painting, filming, installing and so on).

Through an international and interdisciplinary exchange of scholarship, the conference provides a platform for the exchange of thoughts on adaptive approaches towards transformed city streets.

Conference tracks

  • Streets: Communication, visualization and semiotics
  • Reimagining City Street: The real and the virtual
  • Formal and In-Formal Street Art & Design: Interventions and innovations
  • Street Mobility: Current and future trends
  • Right to Street: Gender issues, contested spaces, and territorial transformations
  • Resilient Streets: Metabolism, cataclysm, and beyond
  • On Streets: Research tools and methodologies
  • Streets and Urban Places: Urban transformations
  • Social Dimensions of Streets: Collective memory-ies, migrant communities, performances, and events
  • Streets: Urban diversity and social justice
  • Dialectical Relations in The Street: Cultural, spatial, and socio-political
  • Sustainable Streets: Meeting future needs


The Scientific Committee of CS2 invites authors to submit abstracts for consideration within the program either as research papers to be presented, or posters to be exhibited during the exhibition. Please read the abstract requirements carefully prior to submitting your abstracts. Abstracts not fulfilling the requirements will not be considered for review. The following guidelines should be used by authors:

  • Abstract must be written in English, and presented in English at the conference.
  • Abstracts must present original work that has not been previously presented at conferences or in journals elsewhere.
  • Abstracts should be submitted via the CS2 ONLINE SUBMISSION SYSTEM for consideration as a presented paper or a poster.
  • Abstract should have a clear title and include three keywords, and three references.
  • Abstracts should not exceed 300 words.
  • Authors should include their names, affiliations, contact details, and a short biography not exceeding 100 words for each of the abstract authors.
  • Authors should clearly indicate the first and second choice of tracks for their respective submissions. See conference TRACKS.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts are requested to present their papers during the conference in one of the track sessions. At least one of the authors should be present at the conference.
  • After notification of abstract acceptance for presentation in the conference, at least one of the abstract authors should register within 10 working days from the date of the notification letter, which is within the early bird registration period.
  • Information on paper presentations or poster exhibition will be given to authors in due course.

For further inquiries please email.

The call for abstracts will be opened starting 1 September 2015. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 4 December 2015.

Authors will receive notification on their abstracts on 5 February 2016. Authors of accepted abstracts will submit their papers on 9 May 2016. Authors wishing to have their papers considered for publication in a special issue will have to respond to comments sent 11 July 2016, and resubmit their papers on 1 August 2016.

Submission of an abstract is preceded by completing your registration form. Paying the fees could be completed at a later stage.

Source: City Street²

Photo Credit: Roman Kruglov via flickr

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