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

  • 2017 Special Focus - Enculturing the City
  • 12–13 October 2017
  • University of Hull, Hull, UK

At a Glance...

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

75+

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

24

Countries represented.

2017 Special Focus - Enculturing the City

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:

  • What is a city of culture?
  • Where is culture in the city?
  • Is culture mobile and does it embed in the city?
  • In a context of austerity and political instability what are the social and economic benefits and/or costs of enculturing the city?

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 & Flows Research Network.

Conference Co-Chairs

Andy Jonas

Andy Jonas

University of Hull, Hull, UK

Andy Jonas is an urban political geographer based at the University of Hull. His research examines strategies and struggles around urban development and place promotion in the USA and Europe. He is also interested in the rise of city regionalism as a geopolitical project of the national state.

David Atkinson

David Atkinson

University of Hull, Hull, UK

David Atkinson teaches and researches in the fields of cultural and historical geography, and the histories of geographical knowledge, especially those of Italy and the former Italian empire. He is also interested in questions of memory and representation in the city.

​Julia Affolderbach

​Julia Affolderbach

University of Hull, Hull, UK

Julia Affolderbach has research interests in the field of environmental economic geography, in particular in governance processes and actor-centred approaches to greening. Her current work focuses on green building as urban climate change strategy in Europe, Canada and Australia.

Plenary Speakers

Spaces & Flows: Eighth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies will feature plenary sessions by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Andy C Pratt

Andy C Pratt

City University London, UK

"The Problem(s) of Evaluation: Urban Cultural Regeneration"

Zoë Tew-Thompson

Zoë Tew-Thompson

Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, England

"Enculturation: Exploring Ordinary Cultures on Foot"

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2017 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Donna Carmichael

Donna Carmichael

University of Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Dina Dahood D.

Dina Dahood D.

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Onyekachi Ekeogu

Onyekachi Ekeogu

Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona, USA

Anna Labetski

Anna Labetski

Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands

Asma Mehan

Asma Mehan

Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy

Conference Partner

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Posters

Virtual Posters present preliminary results of work or projects that lend themselves to visual representations. Download the posters below.

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are 5-minute "flash" video presentations. Click the button below to view the videos on our YouTube channel.