UNSETTLED – Urban Routines, Temporalities and Contestations
International Conference, 29-31 March 2017, TU Wien
The conference aims to explore conditions and conceptions of the unsettled. Urban life is characterized by diverse manifestations of instability which continuously stretch or redefine the social order and community infrastructures of cities: everyday struggles related to the capitalist system of production, revolutions in political life and political system overthrows, quests for dominance and their oppositions in political, social, economic, ecological or cultural domains. These unsettling practices simultaneously challenge and nourish a variety of idea(l)s of the city and public space as an inclusive place of liberation, cooperation, equal opportunities and shared (better) futures. The goal of the conference is thus to (1) understand the uncertainties, disturbances, inconsistencies, residuals and blind fields which constitute the urban both as lived space and the political idea(l), and (2) foster an inquiry into the socio-political potentialities of unsettling and re-settling urban routines, temporalities and contestations.
Embedded in the City of Vienna Visiting Professorship (CoVVP) Programme at TU Wien, the conference theme works across urban practice and urban theory. In this context, the conference will emphasize urban culture and public space as areas for intersecting research and action which explores notions of the unsettled in contemporary cities. We invite an interdisciplinary public from universities, research institutes, offices, public authorities, activists, consultancies, and others to present critical, subversive, reflexive, interventionist, activist and visionary research, ideas and practices concerning notions of the unsettled.
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Dikec, Professor of Urban Studies, Ecole d’Urbanisme de Paris and LATTS, France
Prof. Dr. Sophie Watson, Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Open University, UK
Prof. Dr. Sybille Frank, TU Darmstadt, Germany & CoVVP 2016; Prof. Dr. Sabine Knierbein; Univ. Ass. MSc BSc Elina Kränzle; Prof. Dr. Nikolai Roskamm, FH Erfurt + CoVVP 2015; Tihomir Viderman – Univ. Ass. Dipl-Ing MSc and Academic Leader MA, MSC Ed Wall University of Greenwich, UK; Designated CoVVP 2017; all TU Wien
Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space
Department of Spatial Planning
Faculty of Architecture and Planning
TU Wien, Karlsgasse 13/2, 1040 Wien
Date & Venue
29-31 March 2017
TU Wien – Campus Getreidemarkt
Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Wien
Registrations are accepted until 15 February 2017 (via email).
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