Framing the City: the CRESC annual conference 2011
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 09:00 - Friday, September 9, 2011 - 17:00Manchester
The CRESC annual conference 2011 takes the rubric of 'framing' to scrutinise the processes by which the city has been conceptualised, conceived , ordered and depicted - and how these processes have been disrupted and contested - in regard to the meta-themes of: the material, ecologies and environments, publics & politics, economies, the visual, and affect.
Cities are now where more than half of humanity live and urban processes affect the whole globe. The rates of growth, diversity of population, complexity of their activities, as well as the scale of the problems (and possibilities) they pose, are breathtaking. This conference seeks to capture the diversity and complexity of cities and city life and to explore different routes to understanding 'the city' through the forces of materials, objects, economies, politics, microbes and emotions - as well as humans and their projects and purposes.
The conference will be organised according to the following themes:
- The Material - city objects, plans, designs, built environment, assemblages
- Publics and Politics - migration, social movements, networks, mobilities, cultural practices, governance, urban policy, security
- Economies - financialisation, neo –liberal city, diverse economies, post-industrialisation, post recession futures
- Visual - mapping, photographing, filming, drawing, the unseen city, the act of seeing, digital visualisations
- Ecologies and environment - sustainability, eco-systems, spatiality, topologies
- Affect - the imaginary, literature, music, dance, the senses, fear, passion
Key note speakers will address each of the themes (speakers are to be confirmed)
Outside of the conference sessions there will also be an opportunity for exhibitions, stalls, performances.
Call for Papers
Please submit either (a) proposal for individual papers, or (b) panel proposal including 3 papers by the end of April 2011 by using the proposal forms online. Abstracts should not be more than 250 words.
The proposal forms should be sent to the CRESC Conference Administration, 178 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Tel: +44(0)161 275 8985 / Fax: +44(0)161 275 8985