The City has always been a deeply heterogeneous space, crossed by a multitude of processes and shaped by a variety of phenomena: from this constitutive complexity it emerges clearly, in contemporary debate, the partiality of mono-sectoral standpoints to urban studies, which marks clearly the un-sufficiency of every discipline alone. Is to deal with this shortcomings that, in contemporary analysis, the city is observed through a cross-disciplinary standpoint, with different scientific approaches debating in a common field of research.

Coherently with these premises, our will is to open a space of discussion and camparison around a series of city-based phenomena and processes, hoping to create a possible starting point for joint research and networking across disciplines.

For this session, we welcome contributes, both empirical and analytical, possibly (but not necessarily) related to one or more of the following topics:

  • Uses of spaces and Disputed spaces

  • Social Movements, Urban conflicts and territorial resistances

  • Urban change processes, between requalification and gentrification

  • Urban governing and housing policies: participation, valuation, oppositions

  • Smart cities, green cities, creative cities: planning, policies and critical approaches

  • Community-based and participatory action research

  • Intercultural city: clashes, encounters and transformation processes

  • City and creativity: sport, play and performances

  • Urban marginalities and new poverties

  • High surveillance areas: deviant and criminal behaviours in an urban context

  • Urban cultures and metropolitan identities: spaces and identity affirmations

  • The city and its “other”: rural areas, sprawl and suburbanization

  • City and labour processes: opportunities and new forms of exploitation

  • Financialization and privatization of urban spaces

  • Tourism and major events

Submission and guidelines

The abstract, maximum 700 words (excluding bibliography), can be written in either Italian or English and must be sent by 12th April 2017 via online form.

The result of the evaluation will be notified via mail to the authors by 26th April 2017.

Please note that for participation in the conference you need to sign up filling in the form which will be on the conference’s website since 30th April 2017 and up to 25th May 2017. For organizational reasons, we invite applicants to register by the deadline. Up to two contributions can be assessed if they referred to two different sessions. The Scientific Committee, in order to ensure the widest possible participation, reserves the right to propose other form of presentation instead of oral contributions.


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