Plenary Session with Teresa Córdova, Spaces & Flows: Sixth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, University Center Chicago, Chicago, USA

Spaces & Flows: Sixth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

  • 2015 Special Focus: Decline Belt Cities and Places—Prospects, Problems, Possibilities
  • 15–16 October 2015
  • University Center Chicago, Chicago, USA

At a Glance...

2

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

90+

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Spaces & Flows: Sixth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies.

22

Countries represented.

2015 Special Focus: Decline Belt Cities and Places: Prospects, Problems, Possibilities

Decline belt cities and places exist across the globe as central places that have felt the post 1975 wrath of substantial industrial shrinkage, significant population decline, and economic malaise. As recently identified, remarkably diverse responses to rejuvenate these places have unfolded and continue to unfold with new spaces and flows emerging. This conference centers as its theme the diversity of economic, political, and social transformations that have followed and continue as places adjust to new post-industrial times. As these places in North America Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania seek to re-make themselves in current times, what have they become? What are they becoming? What are the emerging social formations? Emerging political structures? Contradictions and possibilities in plans for growth and redevelopment? Current social struggles?

Conference Chair

David Wilson is Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Cities and Race: the New American Black Ghetto (2007) and Inventing Black-On-Black Violence: Discourse, Space Representation (2005). He is a founding member of the Spaces and Flows Knowledge Community.

Plenary Speakers

The Spaces & Flows: Sixth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies featured plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Teresa Córdova

Teresa Córdova

Director, Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA; Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

"Youth Employment and Neighborhood Development: Thoughts on Reversing Employment Inequalities and Neighborhood Decline"

Byron Miller

Byron Miller

Professor, Urban Studies Program, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“Sustainability for Whom? Sustainability How?"

Graduate Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. The 2015 Graduate Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Sneha Annavarapu

Sneha Annavarapu

University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

Bridget Fisher

Bridget Fisher

The New School, New York City, USA

Hyesun Jeong

Hyesun Jeong

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA

Matthew Law

Matthew Law

University of Victoria, Vancouver, Canada

Christina Papadopoulos

Christina Papadopoulos

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Jennifer Ross

Jennifer Ross

College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, USA

Iulia Statica

Iulia Statica

La Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy