Friday, November 4, 2016

The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2017 (City2017)

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to participate in The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2017 (City2017), held Monday, Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16, 2017, at NH Collection Barcelona Constanza, in Barcelona, Spain.

Submit your abstract by February 28, 2017 to join IAFOR and delegates from around the world in the multicultural city of Barcelona.

Registration includes admission to The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2017 (Global2017), which is to be held alongside City2017 as part of the same event. This gathering of academics at the intersection of nation, culture and discipline promises a unique environment for conversation, information exchange and networking.

Join us at City2017 for interdisciplinary discussion around the shared conference theme of:

"Cities of the World. World Cities"

**Keynote Speakers:
Dr Simon Sleight – King's College London, UK
Gloria Montero – novelist, playwright and poet
Professor Adrien Katherine Wing – University of Iowa College of Law, USA

We hope that the broad nature of this theme will encourage the submission of works from a variety of interesting perspectives.

We encourage you to join us in Barcelona to share your research and knowledge in an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary setting. To submit an abstract for presentation or to participate as an audience member, please visit our website or contact us for more information.

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017
Submit an abstract:
Visit the conference website:

In conjunction with our global partners, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2017.

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee

The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2017 (City2017)


***Join IAFOR at City2017 to:

– Present to a global audience
– Have your work published in the Conference Proceedings and considered for peer-reviewed, open-access journals
– Benefit from IAFOR's interdisciplinary focus by hearing about the latest research on the City, in Global Studies, and more
– Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
– Take part in interactive audience sessions
– Network with international colleagues

**Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Registration and save over 20%. Early Bird Registration is available before March 30, 2017. Lunch is included in all conference registrations. Please see the registration page for details:

*If you have attended an IAFOR conference within the past year, or belong to an affiliated university or institution, we offer additional discounts in appreciation of your support. Please contact us at for details.


***Conference Theme: "Cities of the World. World Cities"

History has long shown an ambivalence towards the city. On the one hand, it has been the metropolis, a necessary, vital site of commerce and culture. On the other it has been? ?considered the fallen place, at once dangerous and shadowed in crime.

This ambivalence holds across continents, from the Americas to Asia, from Europe to Australasia. How, in an age of transnationalism and global media, should we regard these cities?

What are our prevailing images of the city as past and present, magnet and threat? Do cities retain their lustre as citadels of enlightenment and art or are they urban dinosaurs wracked by over-crowdedness and pollution?

The forthcoming IAFOR conference on the City is an exciting addition to our global conference calendar. It will place the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary tenets of IAFOR at the very heart of multiple academic approaches to the city, from the development of the classic city states east and west, to the emergence of the vast organisms that are our modern cities.

Different cities have very different personalities, influenced, for example, by history, government, climate, and geographical location – from uptight financial powerhouses to relaxed tourist resorts, they are governed in different ways, and compete against each other for attention and resources, sometimes domestically, but also with other foreign rivals. This conference encourages interdisciplinary and comparative reflections from the world's cities, from small cathedral city to sprawling metropolis.

The city has always been a centre of creativity and imagination. The many cultures that are formed within the city have become definitive of the development of human civilisation in different eras. From the cities that were the product of the ancient river civilisations on the Nile and the Tigris Euphrates or the Ganges and the Yellow River, to the classical and medieval city states, to the modern cities of the industrial revolution, the city provides an exciting object of study. The conference is set up to encourage the exploration of the city in all its variations and to provide a further context for reflections on globalisation as the wave of today and tomorrow.

***Conference Programme

As well as being a great opportunity for meeting and interacting with some of the biggest names in studies on the City and Global Studies, IAFOR's conferences create an intellectually challenging but friendly environment for the presentation and nurturing of new ideas, encouraging the research synergies that drive new developments and create new knowledge.

Speakers at The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2017 (City2017) include:

**Keynote Speakers:
Dr Simon Sleight – King's College London, UK
Gloria Montero – novelist, playwright and poet
Professor Adrien Katherine Wing – University of Iowa College of Law, USA

*Further speakers:
Dr A. Robert Lee – Nihon University, Japan (retd.)
Dr Bill Phillips – University of Barcelona, Spain
Dr Cornelis Martin Renes – University of Barcelona, Spain
Professor Emerita Sue Ballyn – Barcelona University, Spain
Professor Baden Offord – Curtin University, Australia
Professor Donald E. Hall – Lehigh University, USA

Additional speakers for The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2017 will be announced in the coming months.


***About IAFOR

To learn more about IAFOR, please visit our website at For enquiries please contact

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