CFP: Annual Conference of the Commission on Urban Anthropology [CUA-IUAES] Dreamed/planned cities and experienced cities

Deadline: 15 May 2014 - 5:00pm

Dates: 8 - 10 July 2014

Where: St Etienne, France

Venue: University Jean Monnet

Conveners: Michel Rautenberg, Centre Max Weber, Université Jean Monnet, St Etienne, France michel.rautenberg@orange.fr Corine Védrine, Centre Max Weber, Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Lyon, France corine.vedrine@gmail.com

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. The expected papers will be based on ethnographic approaches to various lived situations of radical change (public space transformations, building demolitions, disruptions in homing, border changes, migrations and forced displacements, new digital lifestyles, industrial and environmental crises, etc.). The proposals should address the following two points: first, describe the process of attachment in the various dimensions involved (sensory, cognitive, political); second, identify social practices through which contemporary attachments are expressed and acted upon (i.e. urban exploration – urbex, “urban walks”, roots or memory tourism, construction of new religious and worship spaces, digital networks of citizen action, amateur activities, commemorative devices, etc.).

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