Call for paper per la conferenza internazionale e interdisciplinare “Cities in Conflict: Urban Space and Violence” 17 e 18 Giugno, University College Cork

Davide Papotti trasmette l’informazione della call for paper per la conferenza internazionale e interdisciplinare dal titolo

Cities in Conflict: Urban Space and Violence

che si terrà presso l’University College di Cork il 17 e 18 giugno 2019.

La call ha come scadenza il 1 febbraio. Di seguito si riporta quanto trasmesso dai due organizzatori:

Cities in Conflict: Urban Space and Violence

An International Conference of the Cross-Disciplinary Urban Space Network

17-18 June 2019

University College Cork

Organizers: Silvia Ross (University College Cork) and Giulio Giovannoni (Università degli Studi di Firenze)


What happens to the urban fabric when conflict occurs? How does the built environment reflect, work against, or attempt to contain conflict? How are war and conflict in urban space represented? Can the literary or artistic representation of conflict in the urban sphere help us understand the dynamics of violence? Can we refer to urban spaces of trauma as ‘wounded cities’ (Till)? What role does symbolic violence play in spatial narratives and in urban policy-making? This conference aims to explore conflict, both manifest and systemic (Demmers) and its effects on the cityscape and the human and non-human subject. As part of the ‘Cross-disciplinary Approaches to Urban Space’ network, this international conference investigates the ways in which different disciplines engage with the question of conflict in urban space, in areas ranging from architecture, urban planning, literature, film studies, geography, history, linguistics, philosophy, art history, sociology, drama and theatre studies,  anthropology, among others.


Topics of investigation could include:

  • §  walls, fences and borders
  • §  fortified urban spaces
  • §  gender, sexuality & conflict in urban space
  • §  architectures of peace
  • §  the ruins of war
  • §  safety versus danger zones
  • §  marginalized identities in urban space
  • §  wounded cities
  • §  terror and the city
  • §  cities and surveillance
  • §  urban stigma and symbolic violence
  • §  urban space and linguistic violence
  • §  urban redevelopment and social purification
  • §  practices of resistance in the urban sphere
  • §  social mobility and systemic conflict
  • §  race, ethnicity, and the (built) environment
  • §  public assemblies and urban spaces
  • §  uprisings, riots and the mob
  • §  trauma and regeneration in the urban sphere




The ‘Cities in Conflict’ conference has four major goals:

1.      To advance the debate on urban space and conflict from different disciplinary perspectives, taking into account their mutual influence;

2.      To explore theoretical perspectives, as well as theoretically-informed case studies on conflict in urban space in a comparative context,

3.      To enhance critical awareness about the complex and problematic (political, social, economic, cultural etc.) effects of architecture and urban design with respect to conflict, whether manifest or systemic;

4.      To extend the network of scholars interested in investigating urban space from different disciplinary perspectives already initiated with the seminar “Crossdisciplinary Approaches to Urban Space” held in the Department of Architecture of the University of Florence in the 2014 spring semester and the annual conferences organized in Florence  (2016; 2018) and Cork ( 2017).



The organizers invite submissions for 20-minute presentations to be delivered in English. Please send a 300-word abstract, contact details and a brief bio by Friday1 February 2019 to the conference email address

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The organizers anticipate that a peer-reviewed collection of selected essays, to be published with an academic press, will result from the conference.