International Urban Symposium – IUS; Commission on Urban Anthropology (CUA); University of Peloponnese, 7-9 July 2017, Corinth, Greece
This Conference aims at understanding the roles and meanings of informal practices in the context of the current political and economic crisis in Western society. Using a notion of informality that encompasses the economic, the social and the political realms, this conference seeks to explore the importance of informal practices in cities and asks the key question, Is the informal a panacea in times of crisis?
In today’s global scenario, urban settings are a dominant form of associated life that encapsulate the socio-economic impact of increasingly significant international regulations, and selective management of capital, knowledge and people. Over the last three decades, the crisis, and subsequent discredit, of polarized ideologies which had characterized international politics since the Second World War has apparently determined the supremacy of economics over politics, an acceleration of economic globalization and a progressive erosion of democracy. In many cases, however, politics in the form of authoritarian decision-making and superimposed adverse policies have jeopardised the democratic covenant and the attendant terrains of representation, responsibility and accountability in the exercise of the power to rule. This process has often brought about the loss of important parts of sovereignty, as wealthier nations and powerful supranational interest groups have been seen to bully weaker nations, often also resulting in ever-growing fiscal demands and withdrawal of credit throughout the social scale, which has often been paralleled by national and local governance riding roughshod over the broader society. At the micro-level, this combination of events has engendered harsh living conditions for many ordinary people. Major casualties have been individuals’ access to basic rights and governments’ responsibility and accountability in the management of power. Mass migration from poorer countries to richer or relatively richer countries, or to countries that are perceived to be richer, has contributed to make this problem worse, often turning traditional cultures of tolerance into toleration and, sometimes, violent rejection of non-autochthonous people.
The Conference welcomes contributions and panels from anthropologists and scholars from other disciplines and encourages participation of research students.
Abstracts (300 words maximum) should be emailed by the 27th of February 2017 to Dr Giuliana B. Prato (g.b.prato[at]kent.ac.uk), Dr Italo Pardo (I.Pardo[at]kent.ac.uk) and Dr Manos Spyridakis (maspy[at]uop.gr). Selected papers and panels will be announced by the 13th March 2017.
A selection of revised papers that speak to each other will be brought together for publication in a Special Issue of Urbanities. Revised papers not included in this Special Issue will be considered individually for publication in Urbanities.
The Organizing Committee will make all possible efforts to cover accommodation costs (hotel and meals) for the participants.
Registration fee, to be paid by 20th March 2017: 60 Euros.
Postgraduate students, on-site registration fee: 15 Euros.
Dr Giuliana Prato (University of Kent)
Dr Italo Pardo (University of Kent)
Dr Manos Spyridakis (University of Peloponnese)
Dr Maria Velioti, (University of the Peloponnese)
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