[oberlist] LT* cfp/urb: Technology and the City / Post-Migrant Cities: Lessons From the Urban Age - International Student Conference

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Call for Papers: International Student Conference “Europe 2017”


Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to present at LCU
panels "Technology and the City" and "Post-Migrant Cities: Lessons From
the Urban Age" at the EHU 19th International Student Conference (Vilnius,
May 5-7). Please see descriptions below.

Application deadlines are February 25 (in case one needs visa to enter
Lithuania) and March 25 (in case visa is not needed). Organisers cover
accommodation and visas. Please go for application guidelines to

"Technology and the City"
Iryna Lunevich, Siarhei Liubimau
The functioning of cities to a large extent depends on the functioning of
urban infrastructure networks such as telecommunications, transport,
energy and water supply systems. Not only do urban technologies affect
well-being of urban residents, but they also shape human behavior by
simplifying urban activities and disciplining city dwellers (Hård and
Misa; 2008; p.8). At the same time, urban technologies are socially
shaped. Design, functioning, and distribution of technological networks in
the city are the outcome of public choices, local institutional
arrangements, and vested interests. Thus, technologies shape and are
shaped by specific urban circumstances.
Although technological systems are integral parts of the contemporary
city, they are often invisible, and, therefore, they have been frequently
ignored by urban theorists (Guy, Graham and Marvin; 1997; p. 196). We
invite papers that reflect on technical, political, social, cultural, and
economic aspects of technological development in the city. We also
encourage reflections on complex relationship between urban technological
systems and natural environment. Contributions may address this question
by analyzing the intertwining issues of urban growth, climate change, and
(sustainable) infrastructure development. Finally, we welcome papers that
examine the role of technology in urban governance as well as papers that
reflect on governance of urban infrastructure networks.
Guy, S., Graham, S., and Marvin, S. (1997). Splintering networks: Cities
and technical networks in 1990s Britain. Urban Studies 34 (2): 191-216.
Hård, M., & Misa, T. J. (2008). Urban Machinery: Inside Modern European
Cities. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

"Post-Migrant Cities: Lessons From the Urban Age" (panel co-organised with
Bard College Berlin)
Agata Lisiak, Siarhei Liubimau
Large-scale migration affects societies across the globe and, as such,
remains highly debated on local, national, and international levels. Not a
week seems to go by without some new big reports on migration patterns and
numbers, new laws aimed at regulating migration, new stories of success,
exploitation, and, most regrettably, deaths related to migration.
Migration is assigned various meanings and status (high-skilled and
low-skilled, legal and illegal, documented and undocumented, restricted
and unrestricted), which are, in turn, contested in multiple ways through
grassroots activism, as well as local and international NGOs. Today,
migration affects everyone regardless of his or her own migration status.
Many contemporary societies are post-migrant (Foroutan 2012) and
super-diverse (Vertovec 2007) – these developments are particularly
evident in cities. To migrants, urban centers serve as magnets and
fortresses, havens and prisons, new homes and forever-foreign lands.
Inquiring into the workings of migration and cities thus helps us better
qualitatively understand current political, cultural, and socio-economic
developments. This panel offers a floor to discuss contemporary migrations
from perspective of different urban settings. We expect contributions from
the fields of urban studies, migration studies, ethnography, cultural
studies and human geography.
Foroutan, Naika. 2015. “Unity in Diversity: Integration in a Post-Migrant
Society”. Focus Migration. Policy brief 28
Vertovec, Steven. 2007. “Super-diversity and its implications”. Ethnic and
Racial Studies 30(6), pp. 1024-1054

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