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City 2017 : The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2017


When Jul 15, 2017 - Jul 17, 2017
Where Barcelona, Spain
Submission Deadline Feb 28, 2017
Final Version Due Aug 17, 2017
Categories    architecture   city   cultural studies   history

Call For Papers

The IAFOR Conference on “the City” places the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary tenets of IAFOR at the very heart of multiple academic approaches to the city, from the development of the classic city states east and west, to the emergence of the vast organisms that are our modern cities.

Different cities have very different personalities, influenced, for example, by history, government, climate, and geographical location – from uptight financial powerhouses to relaxed tourist resorts, they are governed in different ways, and compete against each other for attention and resources, sometimes domestically, but also with other foreign rivals. This conference encourages interdisciplinary and comparative reflections from the world’s cities, from small cathedral city, to sprawling metropolis.

The city has always been a center of creativity and imagination. The many cultures that are formed within the city have become definitive of the development of human civilization in different eras. From the cities that were the product of the ancient river civilizations on the Nile, the Tigris Euphrates or the Ganges and the Yellow River through the classical and medieval city states, to the modern cities of the industrial revolution, the city provides an exciting object of study. The conference is set up to encourage the exploration of the city in all its variations and to provide a further context for reflections on globalisation as the wave of today and tomorrow.

This conference will be held in parallel to a conference on Global Studies, and will provide a counter to the localised perspectives that can easily obscure the simple fact that many of the world’s major cities have now become, more than ever, global portals and places of international exchange.

We invite academics from around the world to join us in the fascinating historical, cultural, and artistic center of Barcelona, to exchange ideas and participate in the continuing story of this city.

The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2017 will again be held alongside The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2017. Registration for either of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the other.


Conference Theme and Streams

The organisers encourage submissions that approach these streams from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions across a variety of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

Submissions are organised into the following thematic streams:

Language. Literature and Linguistics
Visual and Performing Arts
Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Media, Film and Communication Studies
Culture, Popular Culture and Cultural Studies
Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences
Ethics, Religion and Philosophy
Sustainability: Ecology, Energy and the Environment
History, Anthropology and Archaeology
Geography and Landscape/Urban Planning, Architecture and Design
Political Science: Administration, Governance and Finance
Economics and Business Studies
Sociology. Social Work and Social Concerns
Technology and Information Science
Global cross-cultural comparisons
Public Policy (including Health and Education)
Travel and Tourism


Submit your research and join the discussion. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by February 28, 2017.

To submit an abstract, please log into the IAFOR Submission System:

For more information on City2017, please visit the conference website:

We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona!

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