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HCNY 2018 : The IAFOR Conference on Heritage & the City – New York


When Nov 7, 2018 - Nov 9, 2018
Where Hofstra University
Submission Deadline Aug 23, 2018
Categories    heritage   city studies   cultural studies   history

Call For Papers

It is with great excitement that IAFOR and the 2018 Organising Committee announce the inaugural IAFOR Conference on Heritage & the City - New York (HCNY2018). This interdisciplinary event is held in partnership with Hofstra University from Nov 7-9, 2018.

***Conference Theme – "Urban Heritage and the Modern City"

The study of cities seems a daunting and ostensibly perpetual task. This may be due to the fact that cities are an imperative requisite in the rise and development of civilisation, products of the momentous shift from a simple way of life to the complex social, political and economic systems that characterise what we call "culture". Cities are organic entities, experiencing constant structural changes that help to rearrange their influence and importance relative to other cities around the globe. While in the past a city's importance was measured in terms of size or political relevance (as in being the capital of a nation), in today's environment a city's prominence is primarily distinguished by the scope and vigour of its economic life and the extent to which it serves as a command and control centre for global capitalism.

On the wake of such structural changes, the city's socio-spatial configuration has experienced significant alterations as diverse urban communities transform in order to contend with the new realities. Thus, descriptions of the modern city require the scholar to reconsider and reinterpret the cultural heritage of an ever-more complex geographical space, enriched by the presence and contributions of new arrivals that bring cultural interpretative proposals that may not harmonise with previously accepted models.

The diversity and otherness of the new city-space requires us to study the city as a sort of cultural heritage collage, with its Chinatowns, Barrios, Harlems and Little Italy neighbourhoods; moreover, it urges us to consider new methodological paradigms that will prove more compatible with the dappled nature of the city. In presenting their work, speakers at The IAFOR Conference on Heritage & the City – New York (HCNY) will address these fundamental questions, keeping in mind that the particular urban environment of each individual city is distinctive and multifaceted. It is hoped that the presenters who graciously agree to attend this conference will help build the concept of "urban heritage" as the foundation for developing pioneering methodologies for the study of cities.

The IAFOR Conference on Heritage & the City – New York (HCNY) is a multidisciplinary conference held at Hofstra University, New York, USA. Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.

In conjunction with IAFOR's Global Partners, we look forward to welcoming you to New York!

– The HCNY2018 Organising Committee

Dr Manuel Galofaro, Hofstra University, USA
Dr Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
Professor Donald E. Hall, Lehigh University, USA
Dr Rodney F. Hill, Hofstra University, USA
Dr Vicente Lledo-Guillem, Hofstra University, USA
Dr Rosemary McGunnigle-Gonzales, Hofstra University, USA
Dr Alfonso J. García Osuna, Hofstra University, USA
Dr Gregory Pell, Hofstra University, USA
Dr Miguel-Angel Zapata, Hofstra University, USA


***Key Information
Conference Website:
Location & Venue: Hofstra University, New York, USA
Dates: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 ​to Friday, November 09, 2018
Conference Theme: "Urban Heritage and the Modern City"
Final Abstract Submission Deadline: August 23, 2018
Registration Deadline for Presenters: September 20, 2018


***Call for Papers –

The conference theme for HCNY is "Urban Heritage and the Modern City", and the organisers encourage submissions that approach this theme 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:

Challenging the Heritage Narrative
Culture, Popular Culture and Cultural Studies
Descriptive/documentary approaches to intellectual heritage, in terms of thought, language, and cultural/artistic performances and traditions
Economics and Business Studies
Ethics, Religion and Philosophy
Geography and Landscape/Urban Planning, Architecture and Design
Global Cross-Cultural Comparisons
Heritage and Film in Popular Culture
Heritage and Gender
Heritage and the Digital World
Heritage Perception and Management
Heritage Tourism
History, Anthropology and Archaeology
Language. Literature and Linguistics
Media, Film and Communication Studies
Migration Networks and Heritage
Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Political Science: Administration, Governance and Finance
Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences
Public Policy (including Health and Education)
Sociology. Social Work and Social Concerns
Sustainability: Ecology, Energy and the Environment
Technology and Information Science
Travel and Tourism
Visual and Performing Arts


***About IAFOR

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is a research organisation, conference organiser and publisher dedicated to encouraging interdisciplinary discussion, facilitating intercultural awareness and promoting international exchange, principally through educational exchange and academic research.

To learn more about IAFOR, please visit

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