Exclusion of the Young and Poor in Olympic Host Cities

Security Spectacles, Neoliberal Urbanization, and Homeless Youth in Vancouver 2010 – 12th July

Tuesday 12th July  3.30 – 5.30  Room 151 Birkbeck Main Building
Free and open to all – no registration – just turn up

Jacqueline Kennelly (Carleton University, Ottawa)
This paper examines the experiences of homeless and street-involved young people with policing and surveillance practices instituted within the city of Vancouver in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Games. Tracing intensifed and differentiated encounters with the security apparatus before and during the Games, the paper accounts for the experiences of the youth through a theoretical frame that understands security as a ‘spectacle’ – related to the spectacle of the Olympics themselves – that intersects with practices of city marketing. These two forces in combination constitute the conditions whereby particular forms of symbolic (and material) violence are enhanced within the Olympic city for its most marginalized members.

Read More

CRESC Annual Conference ‘Framing the City’

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 – 09:00 – Friday, September 9, 2011 – 17:00

Royal Northern College of Music- Manchester

The deadline for submitting papers is the end of April, not the end of February as was previously advertised.

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. Read More

Conference: Cities in Conflict 20st of June

CUCR and Unit for Global Justice would like to invite you to the following event

With the rapid intensification of urbanisation, cities have increasingly become targets, terrains, and territories of conflict. Cities are now seen as spaces of conflict, ranging from urban violence to warfare. Yet the city is also seen as a space of consociation, a place for rebuilding and for making new urban ties, lives and associations.
Read More

The struggle to belong: Dealing with diversity in 21st century urban settings

Amsterdam 7-9 July 2011

The central concern of the Research Committee 21 annual conference is the ways in which individuals and communities in an urban context respond to the major social processes of globalisation and individualisation: how do they articulate various forms of diversity and develop inclusive or exclusive strategies to ‘belong’? Moreover, we aim to understand better what types of (new) policy responses and forms of governance have developed to manage diversity in urban settings. Read More

EURA 2011 Conference ‘Cities without limits’

‘Cities without limits’ is the topic of the next conference of the European Urban Research Association (EURA 2011) organised in cooperation with Centre for Strategic Urban Research – formed by University of Copenhagen and Aarhus School of Architecture and funded by Realdania Research – and University of Aalborg.

The conference will be held in Copenhagen 23rd – 25th of June 2011.


The Distinctiveness of Cities | Modes of Re-Production

International Conference | 15th-17th of June 2011, Darmstadt (Germany)

Venice is different from London and in Mumbai we will expect to have radically other experiences than in Paris. The simple mentioning of city names calls up mental images in us, positive or negative, exotic or banal. Cities appear to be dynamic or progressive, cosmopolitan or sentimental, but what is the origin of such images and associations?

The question of the international conference “The Distinctiveness of Cities | Modes of Re-Production” is the intrinsic logic of cities. Six thematic fields will serve to structure the approach taken to these questions at the conference on “The Distinctiveness of Cities | Modes of Reproduction”:
Body | Space | Power | Infrastructure | Knowledge | Heritage

Keynote lectures by Helmuth Berking, Friedrich Lenger, Sujata Patel and Kurt W. Foster. Talk and Film with Ulrike Ottinger.
Panel lectures by Fran Tonkiss, Trutz von Trotha, Stephen Graham, Phil Hubbard, Olivier Coutard, Ulf Mathiesen, Brenda S.A. Yeoh and many more.


Elites take over the city (18th – 21st C): what can research do about it?

Brussels, 28-30 April 2011

Palais des Académies
Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique
Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Bruxelles

This symposium aims to confront empirical research, its work methods and ethical commitments, when it takes on the study of elites in the city. The speakers will analyse the methods influential groups use or have used to shape the city. These methods include coalitions, technical/legal inventions, academic know-how and professional expertise, lobbying, residential strongholds, and many more. The symposium is thus intended to stimulate debate on the production of urban space and its enmeshed power relations, today and in the past, as well as to explore the fieldwork done in order to tackle theses issues.

more information here

PhD Studentship on Retrofitting the City

SURF – The Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures

Applications must be received no later than 5.00pm on 20th May 2011
The successful candidate is expected to register in June 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For further information and informal enquiries please contact Dr Mike Hodson m.hodson@salford.ac.uk or Professor Tim May t.may@salford.ac.uk – or by telephone: (0161) 295 4018.

London symposium on Music, Politics and Agency, 20 May

A one-day conference presented by:

Centre for Cultural Studies Research, University of East London Faculty of Social Sciences, Open University Media Industries Research Centre, University of Leeds

May 20th 2011
11:00 – 18:00
University of East London
Docklands Campus
Room EB.2.43

Can music change anything, or does its potency lie merely in its exemplary status as an organised human activity? What are the effects of power relations on music and to what extent is music itself a site at which power relations can be reinforced, challenged or subverted? What are the economic, affective, corporeal or ideological mechanisms through which these processes occur? Has the age of recorded music as a potent social force now passed, a relic of the twentieth century; or with the music industry in crisis, is music culture in fact the first post-capitalist sector of the cultural economy, only now emerging from the long shadow of the culture industry? What historical or contemporary examples can we draw on to address some or all of these questions?

This conference is programmed by Jeremy Gilbert (Centre for Cultural Studies Research, University of East London), David Hesmondhalgh (Media Industries Research Centre, Institute of Communications Studies) and Jason Toynbee (Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, Open University).

The conference is free to attend, but pre-registration is recommended.
To register email j.gilbert@uel.ac.uk with the subject “Music, Politics and Agency Registration”
For any further information, email j.gilbert@uel.ac.uk

Second International Conference of Young Urban Researchers

Venue: Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Lisbon
11 October 2011 – 14 October 2011

Four years after the first meeting, the Second International Conference of Young Urban Researchers provides continuity to the experience of interdisciplinary meeting of young urban researchers.

The conference aims to share recent researches on urban contexts from many different areas of social sciences, to discuss current theoretical and methodological issues and to promote interdisciplinary and international networking. It is intended that the meeting should be boosted by young researchers who work in urban studies and develop research in the cities – especially those who are studying in post-graduate programs but also those carrying out technical and intervention activities.