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The IAFOR International Conference on the City 2016

NH Collection Barcelona Constanza, Barcelona, Spain

Saturday, July 16 - Monday, July 18, 2016

Abstract Submission Deadline: May 15, 2016

Registration Deadline for Presenters: June 15, 2016

The forthcoming IAFOR Conference on “the City” is an exciting addition to our global conference calendar. It will place 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 2016 will be held alongside The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies 2016. Registration for any one of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the others.




City2016 Conference Theme: “The City: Site and History”


Cities exist in both space and time. How have cities taken on their different shapes – residencies, commercial quarters, waves of settlement and expansion? Why have they taken on specific locations – riverside geographies, trade routes, fortification, population flows, religion, food, migration? How has their siting played into history, politics and culture?

The theme of the conference is “City: Site and History”, and we anticipate exciting interdisciplinary response from scholars and practitioners in the arts, humanities and (social) sciences, from artists and writers, to urban planners, designers, and futurists.

We welcome abstracts in the open call in the following sub-themes and academic (inter)disciplines:


1 – The Smart City, The Future City and the Future of the City
2 – The Built City & The Mapped City (Urban Planning, Architecture and Design)
3 – Governing, Managing & Surveilling the City
4 – Media and the City
5 – Migration, Multiculturalism and the City
6 – The Divided City
7 – The City: Finance, Financing and Competition
8 – Hospitality. Tourism and the City
9 – The Sustainable City
10 – Health and Wellbeing in the City
11 – Educating the City
12 – History and the City
13 – City Voices & City Sounds (The Musical City)
14 – The Artistic & Literary City
15 – The Underground City: Night, Sex and Death

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If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings published on the website. Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline.




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The International Academic Forum works with our partner institutions to encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research at this conference.

We work with senior administrators and professors to develop programmes which are timely, thought-provoking and academically rigorous. Throught this global partnership alliance our interdisciplinary conferences are backed by some of the world’s foremost institutions of learning. Read more about our partners