Transforming Cities, Transformative Cities

Deadline: 15 February 2015 - 12:00am

Dates: 17 - 20 September 2015


Where: Sibiu, Romania

Conveners: European Urban Research Association

2015 European Urban Research Association Conference

The Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu and the European Urban Research Association cordially invite you to the Annual EURA Conference to be held in Sibiu, Romania on 17-20 September 2015.

The theme of the conference – Transforming cities, transformative cities – reflects EURA’s ongoing concern with the need to re-examine the place which cities take in the political, social and economic order of contemporary societies. The location of the conference – the beautiful city of Sibiu, 2007 European Capital of Culture – serves as illustration of the post-socialist city, a locus of significant transformation from political, social, economic, and environmental point of view in the past two decades.

Call for papers

Cities are dynamic places, where change is the result of both the innovation which inherently stems from the openness of cities and direct interventions. At the same time cities are involved in bringing about broader social, political, economic and environmental transformation. What happens in the cities has consequences in terms of global change. While cities themselves are constantly transforming, a debate over the contribution of urban areas to the transformation of societies, economies and political systems is on-going.

We approach cities focusing on the multiple dimensions of transformation within them and the transformations cities bring about in the wider society. The political, social, cultural, educational, economic, spatial, and environmental ramifications of transformation within and generated by cities, means that they are seen to hold a position within modern industrialised states of being the drivers of economic and social change; but is this vision of the role played by cities an accurate one? The conference will focus on the European city, but it will not neglect cities elsewhere in the world or different types of urban areas and encourages submissions beyond Europe. Special attention is given to the transformation of the post-socialist cities in the past two decades as they provide an important locus of transformation and an interesting case study on the transformative power of cities.

Conference tracks

Track 1. The spatiality of the city as a basis of transformation

Track 2. The democratic city: institutional reforms and policy processes

Track 3. The just city: social and cultural transformation of the cities

Track 4. The growing city and the green city: transforming urban economies and the challenges of global warming

Track 5. The transformative city

Applications for the Workshop for Young Scholars

The workshop is addressed to 8-10 promising young scholars in the area of urban studies (doctoral students, post-docs, researchers with less than five years of experience) and will be facilitated by experienced scholars. Applications for this component of the programme can focus on any of the specific topics included in the descriptions of the conference tracks. When submitting their paper proposal applicants will be required to also submit a letter in which they justify their need for this grant. This letter should be both sent by e-mail at and uploaded in the conference system. Participants will be selected based on both merit and need. Their participation in the conference (conference fee, accommodation and travel expenses up to 300 Euro) will be funded by the organisers. Applications meeting academic quality criteria not selected for this component of the programme will be automatically considered for the most relevant conference track.

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