Comparative Urbanism: Global Perspective Conference

March 7-8, 2019

The world has entered an unprecedented urban age and universities around the globe, along with governments, think tanks, and private corporations, are making major efforts to understand and direct the forces of urbanization. The ramifications of ‘planetary urbanization’ are profound and they entwine with major social transformations that provide opportunities and pose challenges.

If in the first half of the 20th century the ‘Chicago school’ ruled urban studies, such singular domination of the field, from the United States or anywhere else, is now inconceivable. A hundred years ago, urbanization redefined the societies of the ‘North’, especially in Europe and North America; in the past few decades, the same happened in East Asia and, more recently, in the Global South. How does this affect our understanding of cities and urbanization in general? Can we uphold a singular definition of the city? Is urban theory ‘portable’, i.e., does it truly apply across urban contexts around the world? Are urban policies ‘mobile’, to what extent can cities learn from each other?

The Urban Studies Institute, founded in September of 2017, is organizing this 2-day conference to address these questions about comparative urbanism in global perspective. The conference builds on existing research in the field and is framed around a trialogue of perspectives from the North, South, and East. Keynote speakers and participants hail from different parts of the world but all share a passion for urban research and policy –with an eye to questions of the comparative understanding of cities.

This conference promises to be a path-breaking event and one that will build long-lasting global scholarly networks. If you are participating in the conference, we thank you in advance for your important contribution. If you wish to attend the conference as part of the audience, you are most welcome.

We look forward to hosting you all in Atlanta

Source: Urban Institute

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Start date: 
Thursday, March 7, 2019
End date: 
Friday, March 8, 2019