Call for Sessions “Urban Theory and Urban Praxis: Past, Present and Possible Futures” IV Midterm Conference RN37

For this midterm conference, we will first open a call for session proposals. After the list of sessions has been finalized, a second call for individual abstracts to be integrated into the accepted sessions will be opened.

Please send SESSION PROPOSALS to: rn37.esa@gmail.com, until January 10 2020.

On February 20th, 2020 we will open a call for individual abstracts.

 

Call: Urban Theory and Urban Praxis: Past, Present and Possible Futures

Conference themes:

For the sessions, while all submissions bearing on a topic related to the sociological study of past, contemporary, and future cities from a theoretical and/or applied perspective are welcome, contributions on the following topics/themes are especial-ly encouraged:

(1). Classical and contemporary urban theories and theorists,

(2). Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methods of urban research,

(3). Urban politics and urban actors,

(4) Processes of urban growth and urban restructuring,

(5) Urban stratification and urban inequality,

(6) Identities and subjectivities in the contemporary city,

(7) Urbanization in a global context.

(8) If the session you intend to propose does not directly fit with any of the topics outlined, please submit your proposal as an open submission in the submission form

 

Sessions format:

We expect the majority of sessions to follow a traditional format based on an open call for abstracts (at a later date) and equal time allocation (expectedly 15 minutes, in time slots of 90 minutes) for each participating presenter. Nonetheless, session proponents are encouraged to consider other formats, such as: author-meets-critics sessions, open panel debates, roundtables, and lightning talks. The specificities of these formats will be discussed on a case-by-case ba-sis. For session proponents wanting to propose a session in a non-traditional format, please contact the organizing com-mittee as earlier as possible, no later than two weeks before the final deadline to assess the viability of that format.

 

Session proposal guidelines: 

 Session title and topic: The title should informative and concise. Information about the topic (out of the previous list) most fitting should also be provided (note: if the session you want to propose does not directly fit any of the topics or conference themes outlined, please sign-up for “8. Open Submission”).

 Organizer(s): Names, affiliations and contact details of the session chairs/proponents.

 Session format: Traditional format, author-meets-critics, open panel debates, roundtables, lightning talk sessions.

 Session participants: Sessions must not include a predetermined list of participants, as they are expected to lead to an open call for abstracts at a later date.

 Session abstract: 500 word maximum, excluding the previous items.

New RN 37 book: Inequality and uncertainty: current challenges for cities

The book “Inequality and uncertainty: current challenges for cities” published by Palgrave Macmillan is available online. This is the second volume presented by the Research Network 37— Urban Sociology of the European Sociological Association. This monograph originated at the conference “Inequalities and Uncertainty: Current Challenges for Cities” which took place in Madrid in June 2018.

Over 150 urban researchers had the opportunity to hear and discuss inspiring key lectures and presentations based on both theoretical reflection and empirical research. We considered one more time that the findings should be presented to the public and in this way take part of a broader discussion on cities. Congratulations to the authors of the chapters: Martina Löw, M. Victoria Gómez, Susanne Frank, Begoña Aramayona, Kaan Kubilay Aşar, Marta Klekotko, Rosa Branco, Sónia Alves, Talja Blokland, Vojin Šerbedžija, Rui F. Carvalho, Inês Vieira, João Pedro Silva Nunes, Iraide Fernadez, Cristina Lavia, Noel Manzano, María Castrillo, Ángel Ramón Zapata-Moya, Cristina Mateos-Mora, Clemente J. Navarro-Yáñez, Fronika de Wit and Renata Putkowska-Smoter. Many thanks to the editors for their huge effort: Maria Victoria Gómez, Laura Guarino, Sebastian Kurtenbach, Patricia Pereira, Marta Smagacz-Poziemska and Juan Jose Villalón.

IV Midterm Conference RN37 in Bologna: Call for Session Proposals (1st Stage)

We are delighted to announce that our IV midterm conference entitled “Urban Theory and Urban Praxis: Past, Present and Possible Futures” will take place at the University of Bologna. The conference will be held on September 2nd  to 4th, 2020.  

Our partner, the local organizer, is the Department of Sociology and Business Law of the University of Bologna. The leader of the local organizing group is our colleague from the board:  Gabriele Manella.

For this midterm conference, we will first open a call for session proposals. After the list of sessions has been finalized, a second call for individual abstracts to be integrated into the accepted sessions will be opened.

We look forward to your session proposals until January 10th, 2020.

On February 20th, 2020 we will open a call for individual abstracts.

Call for session proposals (pdf)

Theme & Calls

Urban Theory and Urban Praxis: Past, Present and Possible Futures

The year 2020 commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Max Weber. Unquestionably recognized as one of the forefathers of Western Sociology, Weber’s scholarship is notable for its breadth and its ability to connect the spheres of economics, politics, and culture in the study of Western and non-Western societies. Alongside his many indirect contributions to the field of Urban Sociology, Weber also focused directly on urban spaces, particularly in his The City, a posthumously edited volume (1921) later incorporated in his Economy and Society, where he tried to lay the foundations for a systematic theory of urbanism and urban development.

For this conference, we take the centennial anniversary of Weber’s death, and the 99 years since the publication of The City, as an opportunity to reflect about the past, present, and future of cities, urban theories and urban practices, through and beyond the works of Weber.

The last century has provided us with a wealth of theoretical perspectives on the city and its development, from ecological theory à la Chicago School to neo-Marxist and political-economic approaches, to the more recent advent of poststructural, postmodern, and postcolonial urban studies. Different methods of analysis have accompanied these changes, from urban (ecological) modelling, to the use of quantitative, qualitative (especially ethnographic), and case-based (oftentimes comparative) approaches. And cities and urban livelihoods have themselves changed considerably in recent decades, in inter-action with macro-level processes such as international migration and the commodification and globalization of cultural artifacts and economic activities.

We encourage contributions looking at urban changes, as well as focusing on recent and contemporary processes of urban development broadly conceived, in all cases with a vision towards social action and the creation of better cities and urban experiences for the future. In other words, in this conference, we are interested in uncovering: 1. What are the past, present and future developments of urban research (urban theory)? And, 2. How have cities, both in and through the multiple actors living and working in/on them, themselves develop(ed) in the past, present and future (urban praxis)?

Conference themes: For this midterm conference we are opening a call for session proposals. After the list of sessions has been finalized, a second call for individual abstracts to be integrated into the accepted sessions will be opened. For the sessions, while all submissions bearing on a topic related to the sociological study of past, contemporary, and future cities from a theoretical and/or applied perspective are welcome, contributions on the following topics/themes are especially encouraged: (1). Classical and contemporary urban theories and theorists, (2). Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary methods of urban research, (3). Urban politics and urban actors, (4) Processes of urban growth and urban restructuring, (5) Urban stratification and urban inequality, (6) Identities and subjectivities in the contemporary city, (7) Urbanization in a global context. If the session you intend to propose does not directly fit with any of the topics outlined, please submit your proposal as an open submission in the submission form (8).

Call for Session Proposals

We are delighted to announce that our IV midterm conference entitled “Urban Theory and Urban Praxis: Past, Present and Possible Futures” will take place at the University of Bologna. The conference will be held on September 2nd  to 4th, 2020.  

Our partner, the local organizer, is the Department of Sociology and Business Law of the University of Bologna. The leader of the local organizing group is our colleague from the board:  Gabriele Manella.

For this midterm conference, we will first open a call for session proposals. After the list of sessions has been finalized, a second call for individual abstracts to be integrated into the accepted sessions will be opened.

We look forward to your session proposals until January 10th, 2020.

On February 20th, 2020 we will open a call for individual abstracts.

Call for session proposals (pdf)

Registration & Fees

Key dates

  • November 11, 2019: Call for sessions opens.
  • January 10, 2020: Session proposal deadline.
  • January 20, 2020: Notification of session organizers.
  • February 3, 2020: Call for individual abstracts opens.
  • April 3, 2020: Abstract (individual papers) submission deadline.
  • April 30, 2020: Notification of abstract presenters.
  • May 2 – May 31, 2020: Early-bird registration for individual participants and registration for session organizers.
  • June 1 –June 15, 2020: Full rate registration for individual participants.
  • September 2 – 4, 2020: IV Midterm Conference of the ESA-RN37, Urban Sociology.

Fees

Organizers

The IV Midterm Conference is organized by the Research Network 37: Urban Sociology of the European Sociological Association and Dipartimento di Sociologia e Diritto dell’Economia at Università di Bologna.

 

ESA Research Network 37 – Urban Sociology: new coordination and board for 2019-2021

At the 2019 ESA Conference in Manchester, the new board of the Research Network Urban Sociology (RN 37) for 2019-2021 was elected:

Coordinators: 

  • Marta Smagacz-Poziemska, Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • M. Victoria Gómez, Departamento de Análisis Social, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
  • Patrícia Pereira, CICS-NOVA, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Board Members: 
  • Rui Carvalho, Brown University, United States
  • Gabriele Manella, Università di Bologna – Dipartimento di Sociologia e Diritto dell’Economia, Italy
  • Katrin Paadam, School of Business and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Jan Üblacker, ILS Research Institute for Urban and Regional Development, Germany

 

ESA Conference 2019. Today (27 May) is the deadline for Registration for Paper Presenters!

Accepted authors who want to present their paper at the ESA 2019 conference must register as participants until the end of the day. After today, all contributions by not-registered submitting authors will be withdrawn, so we can start building the conference sessions. More about the registration process here: https://www.europeansociology.org/conftool/conference-registration

Reminder – abstract submission deadline February 1st 2019

ESA Conference, Manchester, August 20-23, 2019

“EUROPE AND BEYOND: BOUNDARIES, BARRIERS AND BELONGING”

Submitt your abstract to RN37’s (Urban Sociology) call “Boundaries and belonging in urban realities” 

Or to one of our joint sessions: 

“Urban Ageing: Towards an enhanced spatial perspective”, with RN01 (Ageing in Europe);

“Transforming cities in a global transforming world”, with RN15 (Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology)

“Migration and the city: Urban spaces and the reordering of borders, boundaries, and belongings in contemporary Europe” with RN35 (Sociology of Migration).

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN FOR ESA’S 2019 Conference

Abstract submission for the ESA 2019 conference “EUROPE AND BEYOND: BOUNDARIES, BARRIERS AND BELONGING” is now open!

Submitt your abstract to RN37’s (Urban Sociology) call “Boundaries and belonging in urban realities” or to one of our joint sessions: “Urban Ageing: Towards an enhanced spatial perspective”, with RN01 (Ageing in Europe); “Transforming cities in a global transforming world”, with RN15 (Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology) and “Migration and the city: Urban spaces and the reordering of borders, boundaries, and belongings in contemporary Europe” with RN35 (Sociology of Migration).

Abstract Submission deadline: February 1st 2019

The conference will take place in Manchester August 20th to 23rd!

Migration and the city: Urban spaces and the reordering of borders, boundaries, and belongings in contemporary Europe

Joint Session with RN35  – Sociology of Migration

Call for papers of the Joint Session

Migration and urban realities are deeply entangled. Cities and metropolises have had an important impact on migrants’ everyday life and biographies throughout our modern times. In turn, urban neighbourhoods are socially, politically, and economically affected by transnational mobility. The key question of this joint session is how the political and the spatial dimensions are intertwined in the current European context. It focuses, first, on the tensions that currently evolve between urban, national, and European political dynamics and, second, on the “urban” opportunities for countering everyday racisms and authoritarian backlashes in European migration regimes.

Submission deadline: February 1st. Submit here

Transforming cities in a global transforming world

Joint Session with RN15 – Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology 

Call for papers of the Joint Session

Cities are places where globalization manifests itself with particular intensity; and cities, in turn, contribute decisively to shaping globalization processes. For this reason, cities are a privileged observation point for globalization and in particular for global / local dialectics. So, we welcome contributions which analyze, on one side, the impact of globalization processes on cities’ life and structure, and, on the other side, the role of cities in
shaping and directing globalization itself.

Submission deadline: February 1st. Submit here

Urban Ageing: Towards an enhanced spatial perspective

Joint Session of RN 37 (Urban Sociology) and RN01 (Ageing in Europe)

Call for papers of the Joint Session
Cities have become central to research on the complexities and multidimensionality of ageing. By combining the perspectives of urban sociology and the sociology of ageing we seek a better understanding of what urbanity represents in terms of experiences, advantages and disadvantages for older residents. We would welcome papers applying innovative theoretical and methodological approaches in studies on urban ageing, but also papers comparing aspects of ageing in urban, suburban, or rural settings.

Submission deadline: February 1st. Submit here