The Ideal City: between myth and reality – Call for Abstracts


The RC21 Conference 2015 will be hosted by the School of Social and Political Sciences – Department of Economics, Society, and Politics at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy.

The proposed abstracts besides addressing the single sessions’ topics should be inspired by the conference theme of ‘The ideal city between myth and reality’

The selection process

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 January 2015. Each abstract will be classified by the session organizers into three categories:

A – Accepted abstract to be presented at the conference;
B – Accepted abstract as a contribution to the conference (available online) (this paper might be presented in case of drop outs);
C – Refused abstract. The paper will not be presented at the conference.

Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to and to the session organizers (see email addresses listed below).

Authors of accepted abstracts should send their paper not later than 15 June 2013 to: and to the session organizers. The accepted papers will be published online on the website only if submitted in time.

Abstracts should include the following information:

A – The session to which the abstract is submitted.
B – A synthesis of the issues to be addressed in the paper, the hypothesis underlying them, the empirical and/or the theoretical basis, and the structure of the paper (300-500 words).
C – The contact of the author(s): Name(s), affiliation, address, a phone nr. (will not be made public) and an e-mail address.



“History Takes Place – Dynamics of Urban Change” September 2014 – Rome – Call for applications


The ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius has initiated the Summer School “History Takes Place – Dynamics of Urban Change”, which will take place this year from 1 to 10 September 2014 in Rome. Taking the Italian metropolis as an example, the objective of this year’s summer school is to create an international network of the historical, cultural and social sciences as well as architecture and city planning, in order to examine current developments in urban environments.

Since 2003 the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius has invited up to twenty young historians and social scientists (usually postgraduate students) annually to take part in studies programmes in various locations. The Gerda Henkel Stiftung is the programme partner since 2009. The aim is to find the traces of history in the topography, architecture and monuments of the place. The city itself is ‘read’ as a historical source – ‘History Takes Place’.

Further information can be found under or requested by email:

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2014.

Alexia Yates
Prize fellow in Economics, History, and Politics
Center for History and Economics, Harvard University


9th International Design & Emotion Conference, 6-10 October 2014 – Call for Papers

Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia

With the conference’s current motto “The Colors of Care” the organizing committee opens the discussion on the relation between Design, Emotion and Social Innovation. We invite practitioners and researchers from the fields of design, social science, humanities, marketing and business, psychology, engineering, HCI
and health sciences, to submit research results and case studies that explore basic aspects of human emotions(individual or collective), demonstrate the application of theories of emotion in functional applications, or discuss developments of experimental artifacts from the point of view of design, social practices and emotion.

Your contributions could be aligned (but not limited) to the following conference topics:
Design for Social Innovation
Theoretical Issues of Design and Emotion
Methodological Issues of Design and Emotion
Well-being and Sustainability
Experience and Interaction

See the conference website for a more detailed description of the topics and our Call for Papers.
Important Dates
February 1st, 2014, deadline for papers and design cases
March 15th, 2014, deadline for workshop proposals
October 6-10, 2014, Workshops and Conference

Urban Issues in Central & South America and the Caribbean – Call for papers

Urban Issues in Central & South America and the Caribbean

Central and South America, along with the Caribbean Islands, face unique urban challenges. From being
the center of “economic miracles” in the 1950’s through the so-called “lost decade” in the 1980s, this
global region is now showing signs of economic recovery. Politically, it has faced challenges, from
mainly dictator regimes mid last century to more democratic regimes at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Severe poverty has been a persistent concern as well as unequal income distribution.
Urbanization patterns have exacerbated these problems.
As primate, mega cities grow, low income settlements multiply on the urban fringe, making evident
the divided lives that modernization has fostered among urban populations. To address these issues, several policies have been implemented with mixed results, from a “quasi” formalization of the informal sector, like incremental construction, to microbusiness development, and strategies for active political participation. At the same time, in the last decades, there has been a proliferation of NGOs working with local communities in need, with diverse results within countries in the region. Government officials, policy makers, planners, and NGOs have encountered political, fiscal, social and cultural barriers in the struggle to improve living conditions for the majority within urban areas. In response to these challenges, innovative policies and experiments have been launched in metropolitan governance, coordinated urban-rural development, regional planning, new town development, sustainable and carbon-neutral urbanization, and other proposed solutions to urban problems. The lessons and outcomes of these initiatives are of critical importance to the people and leaders of these regions, but equally of interest and concern to the rest of the global policy community.
The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is North America’s leading urban policy research association engaged in understanding emerging issues and looking for feasible solutions from a multidisciplinary perspective. For more than forty years the UAA has brought together social scientists, public administrators, planners, and others interested in urban affairs to exchange information, experiences, and ideas on the most important urban issues. In light of the growing importance of Central/South America and the Caribbean Islands, and the proximity of the conference location in San Antonio, the 2014 UAA conference will include a Special Track on Urban Issues in Central/South America & the Caribbean Islands.

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Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association – San Antonio TX – March 2014 – Call for Papers

Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association
San Antonio, TX, USA
March 19-22, 2014

1) Cities and Urban Regions in the Americas
2) International Institutions and/or International Urban and Planning Issues.

Organizers: Joel Outtes, GEST- Group for the Study of Societies and Territories, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil – Betty Smith, Eastern Illinois University, USA –

Deadline for proposal to our session: August 08, 2013.

We invite paper proposals for a session on urban topics in the Americas and/or international institutions to take place at the annual meeting of the UAA ( ) in San Antonio, TX, USA, March 19-22, 2014. Papers might explore, but not be limited to:

Economic restructuring and its spatial impacts Changing urban morphology Transnational linkages Urban hierarchies Historic city centers Urban historical geography Ethnic neighborhoods City planning in the Americas Criminality, urban gangs and the Geography of illegal territories The informal sector Intra-metropolitan mobility The politics of urban environmental problems Population Issues Informal transportation and social conflicts Participatory budget and urban social movements Urban social geography The International Planning Movement The Urban International: the spatiality of international institutions such as the IFHP-International Federation for Housing and Planning, UCLG-United Cities and Local Governments, IULA-International Union of Local Authorities and IHA-International Housing Association alone or in Comparative Perspective

Please remember that participants must register and pay fees by February 01, 2014. Please only apply to be in the session (five papers maximum) if you are sure you will make the conference.

Joel Outtes
GEST- Group for the Study of Societies and Territories Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Betty Smith
Eastern Illinois University

1er Seminario de Investigación Urbana: Espacio Publico – 27 al 29 de Noviembre 2013 – FAD/LUZ Maracaibo

La Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseño de la Universidad del Zulia te invitan al:

1er Seminario de Investigación Urbana:
27 al 29 de Noviembre de 2013

La Facultad de Arquitectura y Diseño de la Universidad del Zulia, en el marco de sus 50 años y el Comité Organizador del 1er Seminario de Investigación Urbana, tienen el agrado de invitar a presentar propuestas de ponencias, enviando sus resúmenes antes del 31 de julio del 2013
El llamado a presentación de ponencias abarca los siguientes tópicos:
1.- El espacio público:
1. Espacios públicos, identidades y ciudadanías.
2. Nuevas tipologías de espacios públicos.
3. El espacio público: un indicador de la calidad de vida
4. Espacios públicos, cuerpo y arquitectura de la ciudad.
2. La participación ciudadana
• Participación en la gestión de políticas públicas y la toma de decisiones políticas al ciudadano en los desarrollos urbanos
• Niveles y perspectivas de participación ciudadana en el Espacio público
• Modalidades de participación ciudadana en la creación y/o conservación de espacios públicos
• Consejos Comunales y el espacio público: metodologías y experiencias de participación
• Participación ciudadana en la movilidad urbana
3. La sostenibilidad
El espacio público como elemento clave de propuestas o actuaciones urbanas sostenibles, donde la noción de lo público abarque paisajes capaces de plantear y desencadenar procesos de regeneración, rehabilitación, reestructuración y reconciliación, en tres [3] grandes temas focales, que abarcan cuatro [4] ámbitos
• Paisajes Rehabilitados en Centros urbanos/históricos;
• Paisajes Regenerados en Zonas portuarias/ Frentes de agua;
• Paisajes Reestructurados en Suburbios / periferia urbana;
• Paisajes que reconcilian áreas rur-urbanas
4. La movilidad urbana
• Planeamiento y economía del transporte público
• Sistemas de transportes no motorizados
• Experiencias exitosas sobre procesos de regeneración de espacios para la movilidad urbana.
• Acciones para forzar el cambio al transporte público y otros tipos de transportes (bici, moto, andando).
• Eficiencia social del espacio urbano: Un espacio para cada modo de transporte. Gestión de la movilidad.
• Accesibilidad y movilidad.

Información sobre el evento en la pág. web

Cities in Europe, Cities in the World – Call for papers – 12th International Conference in Urban History

You are warmly invited to take part in the 12th International Conference on Urban History in Lisbon, Portugal.

The sessions of the Conference will take place in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

The official languages of the conference are French and English.

EAUH 2014 welcomes presentations to conference sessions (see conference sessions)

Presentations will be arranged within the following session types:

  • Main Sessions (up to 8 papers);
  • Specialist Sessions (up to 4 papers);
  • Round Tables.

Paper proposal

To submit a paper proposal, registration is required (here). If you have already create an account in this website, please log in (here) and add a new submission.

A paper proposal for presentation at the conference should be submitted in the form of an abstract only (not to exceed 300 words).

Start of paper proposals submission: May 15, 2013
Deadline for paper proposals submission: October 15, 2013
Notification of paper acceptance: December 15, 2013

Important: Paper proposals and full texts can only by submitted online, via the EAUH2014 website. If sent by post or email will not be accepted.

Paper submission

The authors of the paper proposals that have been accepted by the session organisers will be invited to submit the full text (appr.7-14 pages), for inclusion on the USB stick distributed to all the participants of the conference.

Deadline for full text submissions: July 1, 2014

Important: Full texts can only by submitted online, via the EAUH2014 website, if sent by post or email will not be accepted