University College London is hosting an international symposium on global approaches to urban higher education, exploring issues of urban inequality and global disparities in the production of urban knowledge, and in the application of expertise.
The themes that emerge from the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari hold great promise for thinking through and engaging with the complexities of contemporary South Africa and Africa more broadly, with pressing concerns around identity, geopolitics, culture, art, time, memory, autonomy, oppression and justice.
The Sudanese Institute of Architects (SIA), 4th Scientific and Professional Conference : Towards Sustainable Urban Development
As the leading professional and scientific architectural institution in Sudan, the Sudanese Institute of Architects (SIA) organizes regularly scientific and professional conferences of international stature intended to present and discuss the emerging issues affecting the theories and practice of architecture and planning in Sudan and elsewhere. In November 2015 the SIA will organize an international … Continued
We invite papers for the ESRC seminar ‘Entrepreneurial Neighbourhoods’, to be held on 9-10 September, 2015 at Delft University of Technology.
In this seminar we are interested in theoretical and empirical insights into the importance of the neighbourhood (scale) and social networks for entrepreneurship, the rise and meaning of community-based social enterprise and its relation with the ‘civic economy’, as well as the role of social capital and changing business networks of entrepreneurs located in residential neighbourhoods. Papers will be invited that present theoretical considerations or empirical research on the community- and/or neighbourhood context of entrepreneurship.
In contemporary societies people generally acquire property within a property regime based on trade, contracts, inheritances, and welfare state redistributions. But these regimes do not always run smoothly.
6th Urban Space and Social Life: Theory and Practice would like to invite you, your colleagues and students to submit papers and spatial design to our conference. The theme focuses on Projects in Cities and Identities. The 4C5M Studio’s 6th Urban Space and Social Life conference invites papers and spatial design that explore the relationship … Continued
Call for papers: special issue of Articulo – Journal of Urban Research, on “Inconspicuous Globalization”
This issue aims to shed light on the less visible places where complex economic, social and spatial dynamics are entangled.
How can ‘smartness’ in politics and policy-making help square that circle of a seeming conflict, even contradiction, between the quest for competitiveness – also at the behest of the region and state – international engagement, and the expectation of maintaining solidarity with, and responsibility for, the same larger entities. In other words, is urban competitiveness part of, or an alternative to, the idea of a cohesive society and state territory, where unevenness in developmental prospects is the new accepted ‘reality’? And can ‘smartness’ in governance ‘square the circle’ of seemingly conflicting interests and agendas?
In large cities around the world, the most contested public space is the streets and accompanying sidewalks. As a result of historic migration and immigration to urban centers, the spatial projects vying for this space have multiplied. In particular, the growth of street vending causes us to reconsider some of the fundamental concepts that we have used to understand the city. Vending can be seen as a private taking of public space. It can contribute to civic vitality as well as be an impediment to traffic flow. Vendors are often micro-entrepreneurs who cannot access the private real estate market as spaces for livelihood. The issues about the legitimate use of public space, the right to the city, and local ordinance enforcement/dereliction are often complicated by class conflict as well as the street vendors’ diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, and their migrant/immigrant status. As a result, recent street vendors’ challenges and protests have been important catalysts with far-reaching political implications about the future of our urban societies.
Participate in the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography 2015, which takes place at Oxford University this year.