Urban Geography Research Group 2012 Annual Conference

The Urban Geography Research Group of the RGS-IBG has published its call for papers for its Annual Conference (below). This year the theme is Mobile Urbanisms. I’m going to be giving one of the keynote talks which I’m really excited about, and it gives me a good opportunity to talk more about my evacuation research which formally starts next month. Incidentally, the invite came from Andrew Harris who does really fascinating work on urban verticality, see his vertical urbanism project at http://www.verticalurbanism.com/.



A two-day conference and open discussion.
Dates: 29-30 November 2012

Location: Kings College London

This year’s UGRG Conference will focus on the mobile, circulatory and fluid characteristics of cities and urbanisation. The conference seeks to explore how urban spaces and places are produced, reproduced and contested by travelling policies, investment, architectural forms, aesthetic cultures and social norms. It will consider the range of flows, networks, modes and practices of people migrating and moving between and within cities. And it will compare and contrast different ways of theorising and representing cities that respond to dynamic entanglements of territorial yet relational objects, actors, technologies and imaginations.

We are seeking contributions from a wide array of urban research around a variety of geographical and historical contexts. We hope the informal and supportive forum of the Conference will encourage discussion, debate, learning and collaboration on these themes.

Guiding topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

– Historical perspectives on the mobility of ideas, policies, plans and materials involved in city-making.
– Innovative ways of mapping, representing and comparing urban movement across different spaces and temporalities.
– The role of mobility in reinforcing gender and health inequalities.
– How modes of moving around the city challenge understandings of urban public spaces and relate to performances of citizenship.
– How circulation and mobility systems produce or undermine socio-spatial urban relations, including processes of state-led gentrification.
– The roles of stoppages and slow-downs in new political mobilizations.
– The modalities in which different paces, speeds and rhythms of mobility constitute and recompose urban spaces.
– How developers, consultants and policy-makers respond to and facilitate economic opportunities created by urban circulation and movement.
– The spatialisation of different forms of urban mobility in relation to financial instruments and contracts.
– The networks, routes and infrastructures through which urban models, materials, technologies and ideas are exported/imported, travel and are translated.

Papers and suggestions for the conference are welcomed from researchers at any stage of their careers. We are also planning a session of shorter 4 min presentations if you would like an opportunity to share your research and research interests to the conference.

We also welcome any suggestions for innovative presentation approaches involving moving around KCL and Central London.

The deadline for 200 word abstracts for full paper presentations is Friday 21 September 2012 to be submitted here:

Registration deadline is 5pm, Friday 26 October 2012. Please register using the online form here:http://tinyurl.com/cocbxpq. Register as early as possible – places are limited.

The conference fees will be £75 waged, £35 student/unwaged.

Please contact Geoff DeVerteuil G.P.DeVerteuil@soton.ac.uk or Andrew Harris andrew.harris@ucl.ac.uk if you have any questions.


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