Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2017 (City2017)

Join us in Barcelona next summer for The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2017 (CITY2017), July 14-16, 2017.

CITY2017 at a glance

The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2017 (CITY2017) will be held alongside The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2017 (GLOBAL2017) in the beautiful, historic city of Barcelona, Spain.

Submit your abstract now to participate in this international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event.

Location: NH Collection Barcelona Constanza, Barcelona, Spain
Dates: Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16, 2017
Final Abstract Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 30, 2017
Enquiries: city@iafor.org


Already had your abstract accepted? Register now:

To find out more about registration packages, presentation options, conference events and more, please visit the conference website: city.iafor.org


CITY2017 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 lust?re 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.

This conference will be held in parallel to The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2017, and will provide a counter to the localised perspectives that can easily obscure the simple fact that many of the world's major cities have now become, more than ever, global portals and places of international exchange. Registration for either of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the other.

We invite academics from around the world to join us in the fascinating historical, cultural, and artistic centre of Barcelona, to exchange ideas and participate in the continuing story of this city.

– The CITY2017 Organising Committee (iafor.org/city2017-committee)


Speakers & Chairs (http://iafor.org/city2017-speakers/)

Gloria Montero
Novelist, Playwright & Poet

Professor Adrien Katherine Wing
University of Iowa College of Law, USA

Dr Simon Sleight
King's College London, UK

Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Peter Sotirakis
Writer, Translator & Independent Scholar

John Rochlin
Australia Spain Business Association (ASBA), Spain

Dr Elena Urdaneta
Basque Culinary Center, Spain

Iñigo Cojo
Basque Culinary Center, Spain

Dr Francesc Llauradó
Nufarm Germany, Germany

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 Donald E. Hall
Lehigh University, USA

Professor Baden Offord
Curtin University, Australia


IAFOR Publishing Opportunities

Peer-reviewed journal:

The IAFOR Journals are editorially independent journals. A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by journal editors, articles may also be submitted directly by contacting the appropriate editor. These open access journals, which conform to the highest academic standards, reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences and are organised thematically.

Conference Proceedings

If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings published on the website. Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline.


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, 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 prices. Early Bird Registration is open until March 29, 2017. Lunch is included in all conference registrations. Please see the registration pages 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 city@iafor.org for details.



To learn more about IAFOR, please visit www.iafor.org. For enquiries please contact city@iafor.org.

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