In recognition of Hull’s status as UK City of Culture 2017, the special focus of the Spaces and Flows 8th International Conference is "Enculturing the City." The conference aims to explore the growing roles of ‘culture’ and ‘creativity’ in contemporary urbanism, and to interrogate how successfully categories such as art, culture and creativity can transform cities. Can they become key drivers of urban growth, enabling cities to forge increasingly global connections? Do they distinguish cities and generate distinctive place-identities amidst a globalizing world? How successfully do they engage with the education, wellbeing and aspirations of all a city’s communities? The conference will examine critically these issues and the social, economic and cultural challenges and benefits of developing the ‘creative city’ in a context of austerity and political instability. The conference organizers particularly welcome proposals for paper, panel, colloquium and workshop sessions that address the special focus as follows:
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