Dear N-aerus Members and Subscribers,

this is a friendly reminder on the approaching Submission Deadline on April 30,2015, for the 2015 Call for Papers for the XVI  N-aerus Conference "Who wins and Who loses", Nov 19-21, 2015 at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany.

Detailed conference information are available in French, English and Spanish at the N-aerus Website: www.n-aerus.net/wp
Please note the following related conference deadlines and dates:

Abstract submission: 30 April 2015

Abstract review and selection for full paper by: 30 May 2015

Full Paper submission: 15 October 2015

Conference: 19 and 21 November 2015

Abstract submission:

150-250 words should be submitted in .rtf or .doc by 30th April 2014 12:00 pm CET, to the conference e-mail address naerus2015.rp@tu-dortmund.de. Abstracts and papers can be written in English, French or Spanish.

Abstracts should:  

• Indicate the roundtable

• Indicate a title

• Explain the state of objectives, methods and results and the issue to be addressed, define the context, and highlight the main arguments.

The N-AERUS Conference will address these challenges by focusing on three issues:

Roundtable 1 provides the ground for discussion focussing on new spatial arrangements, Roundtable 2 calls for going beyond the common approach of best practices and puts an emphasis on actors whose voices are not yet recognised, Roundtable 3 addresses the three spheres of knowledge production in academia, consultancy/development agents and policy-makers.

1-Urbanization beyond megacities: new urban patterns – new constellations of actors

Discourses related to urban development tend to focus on major strands of discussion and lenses of analyses. However, beyond the dominating discussion on megacities, new forms of urbanisation are emerging: e.g. revitalisation of the inner-cities, development corridors, secondary cities, an urban-rural continuum, trans-locational and multi-locational households to name only a few. These new forms of urbanity come with a new set of actors beyond those institutionally and officially established. Not all of these new actors are involved in decision-making processes. While some actors will benefit from the emerging urban patterns, others will obviously lose, e.g. through displacement or even forced evictions and gentrification. This has to be addressed.

 2-Learning from diverse experiences beyond ‘best-practice’

A predominant lens of how we understand and narrate urban development tends to focus on case studies, mainly ‘best practices’. The bases of these studies are analyses based on a single specific context with its individual connotations of conflicts and patterns of social spatial development. However, developing debates based on various experiences and understanding the complexity of comparison and the non-transferability of urban practices seem crucial in order to deepen the understanding of processes shaping urbanisation across the globe (Brenner 2012; Guarneros-Meza & Geddes 2011; Robinson 2011). This has become key in the understanding of specific contexts and plays an important role in the creation of knowledge in research and in the search for tangible solutions, as well as for monitoring and evaluation or improving living conditions.

3-The politics of knowledge in research and education

Consequently, assessing what forms of urban production are emerging, whose experiences are actually being expressed and in which ways knowledge is produced and disseminated has become a challenge in itself. To address these issues there is a need for more diversity in the major strands of knowledge production, including the plurality of research frameworks (de Sousa Santos, Arriscado Nunes, Meneses 2006; Roy 2009). There is also a need to consider various contemporary restructuring processes in the analyses of urban phenomena. It is inevitable to raise questions on how we understand, narrate and theorize urban practices in their relation to the urban change and actors involved.

Looking forward to see you at the N-aerus Conference in Germany in November!
Yours, N-aerus Coordination Team Cecilia Cabrera, Alexandra Linden and Enrico Michelutti

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