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Identities and the Cities: Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction

Call for Papers for the Panel:

Identities and the Cities: Urban Transformations, Transition and Change in Urban Image Construction

As part of
6th Euroacademia Forum of Critical Studies: Asking Big Questions Again
23 – 25 November 2017
Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 15th of September 2017

Panel Description:

Urban image construction is a reflection, expression and constitutive factor of local identity formation and dynamics. Cities simultaneously localize identities and connect them with wider global signs of utility, function and symbolic order. Elasticity of the label identity accommodates everything that surrounds us as presence or absence, persistence or change. As a theatrical scenery, cities change after each act, sometimes with discrete adaptations, sometimes with radical interventions. If the scenery is composed of streets, parks, roads, museums, monuments, shopping malls and buildings connected through the intricate network of the perpetual and cumulative actions of its inhabitants, every adaptation and intervention affects its multi-dimensional identities. Changes in urban visual identities unfold as a form of public art feeding from the immense potential of social imaginary significations accommodated by a time’s perception of stability, structure and continuity. Urban change is itself a production of meaning, interpretation and identity making practices.

As the chaotic canvases of cities are being stretched over a framework of identity, its further exploration seems more than appropriate. Amidst the incredibly rapid urban growth crowding more than half of the world population in towns and cities, the questions are only going to keep multiplying. How are city identities made and re-made, used and abused, imagined and narrated, politicised and communicated, expressed and projected, imposed and marketed? And above all, how do they thrive within the dynamic interpolation of the nexus of local-global, centre-periphery, urban – suburban, old and new. As out-dated as these dichotomies may sound, in many places their daily life is far from over. As old cities became new capitals and new capitals struggle for more capital, the challenges of maintaining public-driven collective identities in the face of cultural fragmentation and diversification, coupled with consumer-attractiveness is turning them into urban palimpsests. Urban environments reflect the human needs and values. In an increasingly globalized world, the human beings are becoming more citizens of the world than citizens of the cities. The increasing mobility of the new pilgrims of globalization creates more of the same in the logic of universalized urban functionality. Within this logic, the cities are now in the position to re-evaluate their impact on the world and shape their future in a manner that assumes a wider responsibility that evades a localized mentality. Urban local identities are becoming increasingly thin and rely strongly on negotiating a local specificity with universalized functionality and global responsibility. An increasing need for uniqueness and distinctiveness foster site-specificity aimed at placing a particular urban identity within a global economic hierarchy. Public art became essential for affirming distinctive local urban identities in a universe of serialization and commodification.

As the research on cultural identities of the city is becoming more abundant, this panel aims at adopting a wide-lens inter-disciplinary approach, while focusing on various processes affecting identities in the urban context in its global-regional-national-local interplay.

Some example of topics may include (but are not limited to):

•       Collective Memory, Identity and Urban Image Construction
•       Appropriation, Instrumentalisation and Functualisation of Public Spaces
•       Contemporary Nomadism and the City as a Common Denominator for Collective Identities
•       Architecture as ‘Politics with Bricks and Mortar’
•       History, Heritage and Urban Change
•       Urban Regeneration Projects, Landmark Buildings and ‘Starchitects’
•       Non-Places and (Non)Identity
•       Immigrants and the Cultural Identity of Cities
•       City Marketing and City Branding
•       Cities and Public Goods
•       European Capitals of Culture and European Identity
•       Cities and Sites of Memorialisation
•       Identity Creation and the Cultural Offer of the City
•       Urban Cultural Heritage as Identity-Anchor
•       Minor Places: Dominant Culture and Site-Specific Urban Identities
•       Creative Changes of the Cities
•       Art and Industry in Urban Development
•       Urban Aesthetics
•       Urban Installations
•       Critical Architecture
•       Urbanism and Social Intervention: Inclusion of the Marginalized
•       Centre/Periphery Nexuses in Contemporary Urban Development
•       Cities and the Quality of Life
•       Urban Landscapes and Sustainable Cities
•       Contemporary Cities and Environmental Responsibility
•       Ugliness, Kitsch and Value in Shaping Contemporary Urban Spaces
•       Urban Sites of Identification
•       Temporary Urban Interventions
•       Architecture as Public Art

Please apply on-line using the electronic form on the conference website or submit by e-mail a titled abstracts of less than 300  words together with the details of your affiliation until 15th of September 2017 to

If you are interested to apply, please see complete information about the conference and details for applicants at:

CALL FOR PAPERS: Terrorism in Tourism Cities

International Journal of Tourism Cities is brought to you by the International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA)


Guest Editors:

Prof. Alastair Morrison, Purdue University, USA
Dr. Andres Coca-Stefaniak, University of Greenwich, UK 

Terrorism attacks in major cities (e.g. New York, Paris, Brussels, London, Barcelona) and their impact on the image of these global tourism destinations is a topic of growing interest to academics, industry practitioners and policy makers worldwide. The impact of recent terrorist attacks may extend beyond immediate image issues and to wider longer-term aspects such as the resilience of the destination’s brand, its overall competitiveness in global tourism markets and its attractiveness to major investors.

Although a number of studies have analysed the impact of security concerns linked to terrorism on the events industry (e.g., Hu and Goldblatt, 2005; Gordon et al., 2008) and tourism (see Sonmez and Graeffe, 1998; Goodrich, 2002), their scope to date remains somewhat limited with some considering economic impact (e.g., Pizam and Smith, 2000), visitor risk perceptions (e.g., Fuchs and Reichell, 2011; Korstanje, 2015), dark tourism (e.g., Seraphin and Seraphin, 2017), social theory (e.g., Mansfeld and Pizam, 2006) or tourism demand (e.g., Arana and Leon, 2008), with very few adopting a more strategic outlook as regards tourism destinations (Beirman, 2003; Paraskevas and Arendell, 2007). This themed issue seeks to redress this balance by addressing a major knowledge gap in our understanding of the longer term impacts of terrorism on the resilience of tourism destination brands (see Avraham, 2015), their overall competitiveness in the global tourism market and their attractiveness to major international investors.

The aims of this themed issue are as follows:

1.    To determine how acts of terrorism in affected cities influence these cities’ destination images and brands.

2.    To explore how consumers adapt their behaviours in the short- and long-term with respect to affected cities and their surrounding regions.

3.    To examine the strength of destination brand resilience in cities affected by terrorist acts.

4.    To analyze successful recovery strategies in tourism cities affected by terrorism.

5.    To review the overall impacts of terrorism aimed at visitors on global tourism.

6.    To analyze risk-taking profiles of consumers in the context of terrorism acts and their probability of occurrence.

We invite papers which engage with Terrorism in Tourism Cities in the following topics (indicative but not exhaustive themes):

•    Terrorism and destination brand resilience

•    Terrorism management frameworks for tourism cities

•    Destination image recovery after terrorism attacks

•    Visitor behaviour during and after terrorism attacks

•    Crisis management in tourism cities

•    Consumer perceptions of risk in visiting affected cities

•    Changes in activity behaviours of tourists in affected cities

•    Impacts of terrorist attacks on tourism regions

Interested authors should email their abstract (200-300 words) or proposal to Andres Coca-Stefaniak, before November 15th, 2017.

•    Authors will be notified no later than December 1st, 2017 on the decision over their abstracts.

•    Full articles (6,000-8,000 words) should be submitted by March 31st, 2018. The format of guidelines is provided on the journal webpage:

•    All manuscripts will undergo anonymous peer review.

CALL FOR PAPER: The City Street3 Conference

The organizing committee of the City Street3 Conference is pleased to announce that the conference website has now been launched. Explore the conference by accessing:, where you will learn more about the conference theme, tracks, and other activities, the organizers, preliminary program, registration and submission procedures, and other information.

City Street3: TRANSITIONAL STREETS: NARRATING STORIES OF CONVIVIAL STREETS is an interdisciplinary conference open to students, researchers, professionals, and urban actors working on city street challenges in our times. The call for abstracts, and street photography competition will begin on 1 September 2017, and we look forward to receiving your submissions!

To proceed with registration, abstracts, and/or photograph submissions please visit

For a paper or a poster to be presented in one of the conference tracks, you will need to indicate two track options. The street photography competition is a separate activity from the submission of abstracts.

IMPORTANT: For participants who already attended City Street2 in 2016, kindly note that your registration credentials are the same in case you log in with the same email address, otherwise, you can create new log in information.

The purpose of this email is to invite you to share, and disseminate information about this conference to your colleagues, students, and friends.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me on

CALL FOR PAPERS: E-FAITH industrial heritage

Each year, E-FAITH, the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage, is organising a weekend where industrial heritage volunteers and associations can meet and learn from each other’s experiences. It always takes place at interesting sites, this year in Barcelona, and in its neighbourhood in the Catalan Museum of Science and Technology in Terrassa and the Water Museum in Cornellà del Llobregat.

There are two themes for this year’s meeting.
The weekend starts on Friday October 20th with a workshop on how to present and promote the industrial heritage during the European Cultural Heritage Year.
On Saturday October 21st the plenum meeting deals with Industrial Heritage – exploring opportunities for education and lifelong learning . In the afternoon associations will present their aims and objectives, and their activities’,
On Sunday October 22nd there are guided visits in Barcelona, showing how citizen’s involvement saved industrial buildings and promoted re-use of them

The call-for-papers and the registration are now open.
For details go to:

Fifth Annual Conference on Construction History April 2018

Our AGM and the Fifth Annual Conference on Construction History will be held in Cambridge on 6, 7  and 8 April 2018 with the AGM on Saturday 7 April and tours of buildings on Sunday 8 April and an annual lecture and dinner on the Saturday night.

The first day of the conference (Friday 6 April) will be devoted to studies of the history of building services and held in collaboration with CIBSE. The Special Call for abstracts for these sessions can be downloaded here. The second day (Saturday 7 April) will include general papers (the General Call for abstracts can be downloaded here). Generous student bursaries covering costs are available for students to present papers. The current plan is for the second day to also feature a timber framing demonstration, the Annual General Meeting, International Symposium, Annual Lecture, Annual Building History Lecture and Gala Dinner. An optional visit will be organised on the Sunday on the theme of building services.


Conference of PhDStudents & Early Career Researchers

2017 marks the centenary of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). Originally named the Imperial War Graves Commission, the organisation emerged from the various bodies given responsibility for the war dead of the British Empire. Led by the remarkable Sir Fabian Ware, a man driven by a vision of imperial collaboration, the Commission took responsibility for a global project for the permanent commemoration of the dead. Finding solutions to the vast number of questions faced by the Commission was a delicate process, and it resulted in a unique form of remembrance which has left a deep impression on people across the world.

The Centre for War, Propaganda and Society, (School of History, University of Kent) and Gateways to the First World War (AHRC-funded World War One Engagement Centre) are hosting a conference for PhD students and Early Career Researchers in the CWGC’s centenary year to explore its work and legacies.

The conference will be held on the Canterbury campus at the University of Kent, 4-6 September 2017. Queries regarding access may be directed to 01227 823 158 or email

We are keen to encourage exploration of a wide range of themes connected with the work of the Commission, including (but not confined to) issues of identities (including class, race, and gender), horticultural and architectural treatment, mourning and grief, landscape and space, belonging and ownership, tourism and pilgrimage, interaction between visitors and the communities occupying the zones around the cemeteries and memorials, different uses and interpretations of the cemeteries and memorials, comparisons with other commemoration schemes, on-going role of the CWGC and its future.

Proposals for papers of no longer than 25 minutes in length, and all other queries, should be sent to: Eileen Hartney ( or telephone 01227 764000.

Closing date for proposals [no more than 350 words]: 10 April 2017

This conference is a Gateways collaboration with The Western Front Association.

Gateways to the First World War is one of the five AHRC funded WW1 Engagement Centres which have supported a vast range of community engagement activities since 2014.

Call for Contributions 2018: Digital Past

We are seeking submissions from those working on innovative projects on the themes outlined below in a research or operational capacity, who can contribute to this both retrospective and forward-looking conference. Contributions can be made through formal presentations or workshops, or more informally through the ‘unconference’ session or a show stand. We welcome contributions through the medium of Welsh, English, or bilingually. Please find details of the various formats below.

Themes and topics

The two main strands of the conference will be Digital Technologies and Digital Heritage, which may encompass digital survey (Terrestrial Scanning, Geo-physics, LiDAR, Photogrammetry, UAV’s, etc.), data processing, manipulation and analysis (including GIS & BIM), data storage and archiving, 3D modelling and reconstruction, visualisation and animation, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, gaming, immersive environments, 3D printing, e-publication, crowd sourcing, communities, education, engagement, interpretation and tourism.

As this is the 10th Digital Past conference, we are also seeking papers that take both a celebratory and critical look at the developments over ten years of digital heritage, the lessons learnt, and the opportunities and challenges for the sector in the decade ahead.

Other topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Effects of digital technologies on equality, diversity and accessibility of the heritage sector;
  • Implications of digital/innovative requirements by funding bodies;
  • Implications of Brexit on funding of, and cooperation in, digital technologies;
  • Implications of austerity on technological innovation and development
  • Implications of bilingualism on digital platforms.

Find out more here

International Conference on Trends in Architecture and Construction


Every era of advancement is marked by a unique style of architecture. Globalisation, industrial evolution, rapid upsurge in demand for more modern, sustainable and innovative architectural masterpieces. Advancement in technology have changed the role of Architects and Planners in society. The academic realms of the field demands broader skills than just mastery of scientific and technological disciplines. The International Conference on Trends in Architecture and Construction (ICTAC 2017) will provide a forum for researchers from Academia and Industry by providing excellent opportunity to explore and share the advancements in the field of Architecture and Construction. The purpose of this conference is to discuss the existing technological knowledge and share information in the relevant areas that could lead to future developments. The conference will endow with an opportunity to present and observe the latest research results, ideas, developments and applications in the field of architecture. It will also give opportunities to students to meet experienced peers & researchers.


Research Papers, conceptual papers and case studies relevant to the theme of conference are invited from academicians, research scholars and professionals. Some of the promising areas are mentioned below, however the list is indicative and not exhaustive.


■ Architectural Design & Theories■ Urban Planning & Design ■ Advance Construction Materials ■ Energy Conservation ■ Innovative Building Materials ■ Environmental Protection ■ Role of Art in Architecture ■ Construction & Renewable Energy Sources ■ Building Technology Science ■ Housing Affordability ■ Importance of Landscaping in present scenario ■ Net-zero Homes & Communities ■ Architectural Environment & Equipment Engineering ■ Project & Construction Management ■ Green Building Materials ■ Development, Innovation in Architecture & Construction ■ Sustainable Development Of Building Energy Environment ■ Architectural Conservation & Restoration

To find out more, click here

14th International Conference on: Engineering, Architecture and Technology

Al Azhar University is a university in Cairo which is associated with Al Azhar mosque, it’s Egypt’s oldest degree-granting university, and one of the most prestigious universities in Egypt. Studying sections were assigned inside Al Azhar University since it was established. Recently, new sector has been introduced into Al Azhar University implying Engineering since 1964.

Al Azhar’s Engineering International Conference (AEIC) started since 1989 to be held regularly. Uniquely, the conference covers a wide range of engineering fields.

Engineering Science is one of the disciplines and careers in the community that specializes in studying various branches, such as; artssciencesphysicsmathematicscomputer and further engineering branches.
Engineering Science integrates all the previously mentioned branches together in creative ways to develop new technological solutions of engineering analysis for testing, production, maintenance and construction.

Architecture Engineering is a branch of engineering which combines artscience & technology and application of engineering principles for the development of designing, planning and construction. Architecture is the constant innovation in designing for high-efficiency in the performance of buildings, in terms of planning, construction and lighting, while maintaining and applying the art in its form.

Technology is applied sciences that is concerned with the study of evolution and many others such as, industryarts & crafts and all related subjects.
In Engineering, Technology aims to prepare the next generation of technical professionals in order to contribute in future developments in different technical fields.

Find out more about deadline and how to submit a paper

Digital Past Conference

Celebrating ten years of new technologies in heritage, interpretation and outreach

7 – 8 February 2018, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

Organised by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Digital Past is an annual two day conference which showcases innovative digital technologies and techniques for data capture, interpretation and dissemination of the heritage of Wales, the UK and beyond. Bringing together individuals from the commercial, public, academic, third sector and voluntary sectors, the conference aims to promote learning, discussion and debate around a range of digital technologies in current use, or in development, to record and understand the historic environment.

Delegates will be offered a combination of presentations and hands-on workshops and demonstrations in a friendly and informal atmosphere that aims to promote networking and exchange of ideas. Unconference sessions will be provided on the first afternoon, giving the opportunity for delegates not on the formal timetable to present on projects, research, ideas or issues within or outside the themes of this year’s event. Exhibition and Poster stands will also give the opportunity for display and demonstration of projects or products, and the chance to talk to heritage organisations, societies, universities, product developers and retailers.

Call for Contributions 2018

We are seeking submissions from those working on innovative projects on the themes outlined below in a research or operational capacity, who can contribute to this both retrospective and forward-looking conference. Contributions can be made through formal presentations or workshops, or more informally through the ‘unconference’ session or a show stand. We welcome contributions through the medium of Welsh, English, or bilingually.

Find out more on abstract deadline and programme here