Thursday, January 23, 2014

Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos

Call for Papers: 'Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos'
21-25 October 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

An international, interdisciplinary conference exploring the culture, economy, and government of cities located on islands worldwide.

Keynote Speakers
- Saskia Sassen (Columbia University)
- Jon Pierre (University of Gothenburg)
- Godfrey Baldacchino (University of Malta)
- Christian Wichmann Matthiessen (University of Copenhagen)
- Brenda S.A. Yeoh (National University of Singapore).

Islands are often associated with peripherality, yet they are also important sites of urban development. Many major regional and global cities have developed wholly or partially on small islands or archipelagos. Physical separation from the mainland and spatial limitations along with a maritime tradition can encourage the transport of products and ideas, improved defence infrastructure, construction of social capital, consolidation of political power, formation of vibrant cultures, and concentration of population. Some such island-based cities were located on inland river islands and have since expanded far beyond their original borders (for example, St Petersburg and Stockholm) while others are still strongly associated with their island cores (for example, Singapore and Venice).

Major population centres located on larger, primarily rural islands and archipelagos (for example, Reykjavik and Taipei) represent another type of island city. Each of these cities is affected not just by the dynamics at work in urban areas in general but also by the special functions it gains from acting as a metropolis that provides goods and services to rural island hinterlands.

'Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos' is an international, interdisciplinary conference exploring how island status influences urban development, common attributes of island cities worldwide, and the opportunities that islandness presents for developing urban cultures and economies. It will also consider how and why different island cities have developed in different ways.

The conference will feature presentations on a variety of subjects relating to urban island culture, government, and economy. A variety of fields and disciplines will be covered, including anthropology, archaeology, architecture, arts & design, business, film, folklore, history, literature, planning, political science, public administration, sociology, and tourism. Presentations may concern cases from individual cities or take a comparative approach to understanding what it means to be an urban island.

Deadline for Call for Papers: 30 April 2014

Sponsored by: Island Dynamics

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