Call for Papers: Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2016

Deadline: 31 August 2015 - 12:00am

Dates: 7 - 12 March 2016


Where: Hong Kong

Venue: University of Hong Kong

Conveners: Adam Grydehøj

This conference brings together researchers from across the globe to explore urban life on islands and archipelagos.

Keynote Speakers: John Urry (Lancaster University, Arjun Appadurai (New York University), Elaine Stratford (University of Tasmania, Stephen Graham (Newcastle University), CY Jim (University of Hong Kong).

Islands are often associated with peripherality, yet they have long been important sites for the growth of cities. Physical separation from the mainland and spatial limitations can encourage the transport of products and ideas, improved defence infrastructure, construction of social capital, consolidation of political power, formation of vibrant cultures, and concentration of population. Some island cities were located on inland river islands and have since expanded far beyond their original borders while others are still strongly associated with their island cores.

Fostering dialogue between the fields of island studies and urban studies, this interdisciplinary conference will feature presentations that explore and critique the varied connections between the urban and the insular from a diversity of perspectives on culture, planning, politics, architecture, economy, and environment in island cities worldwide. Papers and panels focusing on individual case studies as well comparative analyses and conceptual frames are welcomed. More information on suggested topics for presentations to address can be found on the conference website.

The deadline for abstracts is 31 August 2015. However, to take advantage of early registration rates and ensure that you have time to seek funding from your institution or government, it is recommended that you submit your abstract early:

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