Dear N-aerus Members and Subscribers,

we sincerely wish all of you a happy and cheerful start into a peace- and merryful New Year 2018!

This newsletter shares the information on two call for proposals and an year- and globe-round overview of urban development events.

In addition, we would like to use the occasion to express our warmest appreciation to all our N-aerus members for actively contributing to the network and shaping its activities and discussions. With this newsletter the 'old' N-aerus coordination team will bid you farewell and is looking forward to welcome the new coordination team with the issuance of the upcoming newsletter!

Yours, N-aerus Coordination Team

Cecilia Cabrera, Alexandra Linden and Enrico Michelutti


Conference Call for Proposals - Deadline January 15, 2018
"Through Local Eyes: Place-based approaches to emerging architectural, urban design and planning challenges in Africa and the Global South" - Addis Ababa

The call for participation for the conference "Through Local Eyes: Place-based approaches to emerging architectural, urban design and planning challenges in Africa and the Global South" is now open!

The conference will be held at the EiABC (Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 29 to 31 October 2018.

Practitioners, policy makers, NGOs and scholars are invited to submit proposals for this conference.

We particularly appreciate contributions that are based on an empirical confrontation with reality and that aim to:

• singling out site-based local/urban practices and development strategies, emphasizing their adaptation/conformity/proximity to their specific geographic setting (rural, suburban, urban, metropolitan, etc.);

• challenging the assumptions of modernist and/or dominant architectural and planning theories and their use in situations radically different from those for which such theories were devised in the first place;

• testing and formulating new and unforeseen concepts, theories, research paradigms stemming from the specific ‘urbanities’ of Africa and the Global South.

We invite those interested to present original papers, posters, plenary sessions, training workshops and lightning presentations on these themes and related topics. The main working language at the conference will be English. Nevertheless, the submission of proposals in French will also be welcome.

The general theme of the conference, as well as the sub-themes, the preliminary program and the different formats of possible contributions are all available on the official conference website: https://www.conferenceaddis2018.org

For more detailed information in English and French - see here.


Annual TRIALOG Conference Call for Proposal - Dortmund June 7-9, 2018

The Annual Conference and upcoming TRIALOG General Assembly will take place at TU Dortmund University on June 07-08 and June 09, respectively: 'Resilient  Urban Development versus the Right to the City? Actors, Risks and Conflicts in the Light of International Agreements (SDG and NUA) - What can the academia contribute?

For the Call for Papers and a preliminary conference programme please click here. More detailed information can be accessed via the TRIALOG website: http://www.trialog-journal.de/en/association/conferences-agm/

Further, we would like to thank our colleagues from the TRIALOG network for the composition of the following urban development events overview 2018!

Forthcoming events

February 1-2, Cape Town, South Africa
African Centre for Cities International Urban Conference, “to take stock of cutting-edge urban research and to debate knowledge priorities in the aftermath of the new global development architecture”. More information: <https://www.africancentreforcities.net/programme/african-centre-cities-international-urban-conference/>

February 7-13, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
9th World Urban Forum under the theme “Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda”. More information: <http://wuf9.org/>

February 15-16, 2018 in Kassel, Germany
Workshop „Methoden visueller Kommunikation in der räumlichen Planung“, organisiert vom FG Landschaftsplanung/Landnutzung der Universität Kassel und dem FG Landschaftsplanung und Erholungsvorsorge der Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe. Kontakt: <VisuelleMethoden@uni-kassel.de>, Website: <https://www.uni-kassel.de/fb06/fachgebiete/landschaftsarchitektur-und-planung/landschaftsplanung-landnutzung/visuelle-methoden.html>

February 20, 2018 in Bonn, Germany
Abendveranstaltung „Localising SDGs - Gestärkte Stadt-Land-Verflechtungen für die Umsetzung der Agenda 2030“, organisiert von der Abteilung „Nachhaltige Entwicklung von Metropolregionen der GIZ“. Ort: DIE, Heinemannstraße 12-14, 53113 Bonn, Hörsaal. Kontakt: <metropolregionen@giz.de>

February 26-28, 2018 in Maputo, Mozambique
International Conference “Middle Class Urbanism in the Global South: Routes, shapes and aspirations”, organized by the “Middle Class Urbanism” Research Team and the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University. Contact: <anna.mazzolini@cas.au.dk> and <florabotelho@cas.au.dk>; more information: <http://projects.au.dk/middleclassurbanism/>

February 28 – March 2, 2018 in Vienna, Austria
At the Urban Future Global Conference and Urban Future Expo, 200 speakers are supposed to present innovative solutions for sustainable cities. More information: <https://www.urban-future.org/>

April 3-4, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal
IJEPR 2018 Conference - 3rd International Conference on 'Urban e-Planning' organized by the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Deadline for abstract submission: 31 December 2017. More information: <https://sites.google.com/site/uep2018conference/>

April 19-20, 2018 in Moscow, Russia
International scientific workshop “Urbanization and Regional Development in Russia and Europe” organized by Peoples' Friendship University of Russia - RUDN University and Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences. Contact: <rudn.orgkomitet@gmail.com>; more information: <http://agora.guru.ru/urbanization_Ru-Eu/eng>

April 19-21, 2018 in Rostock, Germany
Internationale Städtetagung „Praxisfeld Historische Städte. Entwickeln - kooperieren - umsetzen.“ Organisiert durch Forum Stadt e.V. und die Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung (DASL). Kontakt: <forum-stadt@esslingen.de>; Website: <www.forum-stadt.eu/hansestadt+rostock+2018.html>

May 14-18, 2018 in Ottawa, Canada
55th International Making Cities Liveable (IMCL) Conference on “Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods”, organized by IMCL LLC. Conference website: <www.livablecities.org/conferences/55th-conference-ottawa>

June 4-6, 2018 in Moscow, Russia
International Geographical Union (IGU) Thematic Conference 2018 “Practical Geography and XXI Century Challenges”, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS); including IGU Commission Geography of Governance. Session theme: “Local Governance for Local Development in the XXI Century: Opportunities and Limitations”. Submission of abstracts until 15 January 2018. Conference website: <www.igras.ru/100igras/en/>

June 21-22, 2018 in Kaiserslautern, Germany 
Tagung zum Jahrbuch Stadterneuerung organisiert durch die Fachgebiete Stadtplanung sowie Stadtumbau und Ortserneuerung an der TU Kaiserslautern in Kooperation mit dem Arbeitskreis Stadterneuerung an deutschsprachigen Hochschulen, diesmal zum Thema „Stadterneuerung in Klein- und Mittelstädten“. Kontakt: <altrock@asl.uni-kassel.de>

July 10-14, 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden
AESOP Annual Conference “Making space for hope”, organized by the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP). Deadline for abstracts: 15.01.2018. More information: <www.aesop2018.se>

July 15-21, 2018 in Toronto, Canada
XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology “Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities”, organized by the International Sociological Association. More information: <www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/world-congress/toronto-2018/>

July 24-27, 2018 in Thessaloniki, Greece
17th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM): “Whither Refugees? Restrictionism, Crises and Precarity Writ Large” at the Department of Balkan Slavic, and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece and the Laboratory for the Study of Cultures, Gender, and Borders. More information: <http://iasfm.org/iasfm17/>

July 24-28, 2018 in Cologne, Germany
5th Global Conference on Economic Geography “Dynamics in an Unequal World”, organized by the Institute of Geography and Department of Economic and Social Geography of the University of Cologne. More information: <https://www.gceg2018.com/>

August 6-10, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada
Regional Conference of the IGU Commission Geography of Governance at the
University Laval, Québec. Abstract submission is open until March 15, 2018. Conference website: <http://igu2018.ulaval.ca>

September 4-5, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal
International Conference “Fifty Years of Local Governance 1980 – 2030”, organized by the IGU Commission Geography of Governance & Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon. More information: <https://sites.google.com/site/geogov2018/> Submission deadline for abstracts: 30 March 2018.

October 14-17, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa
Planning Africa 2018 Conference “The Making of Modern African Cities”, organized by the South African Planning Institute (SAPI). More information: <www.planningafrica.org.za/>

October 29-31, 2018 in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia
Conference “Through local eyes”. Organized by ECIP - Emerging Cities Integrated Planning Lab at the EiABC (Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development, University of Addis Ababa), with the support of the Université libre de Bruxelles (Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta and Brussels School of Engineering) and the Université de Liège (Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech). Call for participation: <www.conferenceaddis2018.org/call-for-participation> (deadline is the 15th of January). Conference website: https://www.conferenceaddis2018.org/


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