THE CITY IS [NOT] A TREE: The Urban Ecologies of Divided Cities – ABSTRACT DEADLINE 1 FEBRUARY 2022

Urban scholars from the disciplines of Architecture, Planning, Built Environment, Social/Political Science, Economics, Design are invited to submit abstracts for the multidisciplinary conference exploring the urban ecologies of Divided Cities. Deadline for abstract submission is 1 February 2022.

THE CITY IS [NOT] A TREE aims to create awareness of the problems that cause spatial, physical, political, social, economic, racial and religious divisions in cities. The intention is to deepen our understanding of both the reasons and the implications for the divisions as well as to conceptualise a rigorous approach to healing these divisions and transforming our urban spaces. The objective is to involve developers, local authorities, and communities in the conference conversation.

We are looking for original and brave contributions from within contexts experiencing deep divisions, as well as related concerns from around the globe; contributions which challenge preconceived ideas and the status quo where they pose a challenge to our humanity. Existing divisions and inequalities have been magnified worldwide by the pandemic, making the relevance of the research even greater now than ever before.

In addition to strengthening research of divided cities, the purpose of the conference is to explore the different approaches, tools and possibilities that may be learnt from sharing between a variety of research disciplines and city stake holders.

As a collaborative and inter-disciplinary project, THE CITY IS [NOT] A TREE is interested in the imaginative and multi-stranded confluence of memory, history, and social and political contexts, helping to construct new physical, social and symbolic ground on which to build liveable and loveable cities.

The official language of the conference will be English. For more on the conference theme and sub-themes and to submit an abstract, download the full Conference Brochure.

Abstracts and papers must follow the format provided here: DIVIDED CITIES: INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS.

Criteria for abstract submissions include:

  • Relevance to the conference theme and objectives
  • Originality of material
  • Academic rigour
  • Contribution to knowledge

All abstracts will be double-blind, peer-reviewed by an appointed review panel. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers, which will also be double, blind, peer-reviewed. This is to comply with the requirements for subsidy and accreditation by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) of South Africa. The review process followed by the DIVIDED CITIES: SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE will guarantee the academic quality of both what is presented at the conference and what is published in the proceedings.

The conference taking place in July 2022 is a collaboration between the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange (IEREK).

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