Urban Affairs Assoc 48th Annual Conference (Toronto, Canada)

Urban Affairs Association Call for Participation: 48th Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada
Subject Fields: Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies

Call for Participation
48th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association
April 4-7, 2018 | Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel | Toronto, CN
Abstract/Session Proposal Deadline: October 1, 2017

Shaping Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City’s Edge: Contestation and Collaboration in Urbanizing Regions

In an era of globalizing forces, the region has become an important arena for collaboration and contestation, as metropolitan areas work to craft their individual identities. As they do so, questions of equity, inclusion, and sustainability remain. What is the role of diversity, difference and singularity of social actors and communities when it comes to forging visions of urban development that are collective in process, cohesive in vision and sustainable in implementation? Furthermore, as global financial systems exert greater control over national, regional, and local economies, what is the role of innovative and/or insurgent social practices in an urbanizing region? What are the most effective strategies to create environmentally and economically sustainable communities in a regional context? How will different factions of regional actors evolve given conventional relationships, increased social and cultural diversity, and the contradictions of competitiveness and solidarity?

The conference site, Toronto, has become an international model of alternative approaches to urban policies, particularly in the areas of housing, immigration/diversity, social equity, and environmental sustainability. The city anchors the largest metropolitan area in Canada, a region that has emerged as a global leader in innovation. But significant tensions underlie this impressive image. Rising socio-spatial inequality, escalating housing costs, racialized patterns of growth, and inadequate transportation infrastructure, all threaten the region’s future prospects. Furthermore, social, economic, environmental and political cleavages between municipalities comprising the Toronto region continue to emerge. Yet, there are also examples of collaboration in planning and policy at the local and regional levels that have created opportunities for community engagement, grassroots place-making and larger scale city-building. The conference provides an opportunity to both extend our understanding of the Toronto metropolitan experience, and importantly, to examine the broader topic of contestation and promise of collaboration in regions globally. Ultimately, the conference will allow us to examine a fundamentally critical question: how can policies and actions within a regional context promote the development of communities that are both just and sustainable?

Topical Categories

In keeping with UAA tradition, we encourage proposals that focus on an array of research topics including:
Arts, Culture in Urban Contexts
Disaster Planning/Disaster Management for Urban Areas, Cities and National Security
Economic Development, Redevelopment, Tourism, Urban Economics, Urban Finance
Education Policy in Urban Contexts, Educational Institutions and Urban Inequalities
Environmental Issues, Sustainability
Globalization, Multi-national Urban Issues
Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, Regionalism, Urban Management
Health and Urban Communities
Historic Preservation, Space and Place
Historical Perspectives on Cities, Urban Areas
Housing, Neighborhoods, Community Development
Human Services and Urban Populations, Nonprofit/Voluntary Sector in Urban Contexts
Immigration, Population and Demographic Trends in Urban Areas
Infrastructure, Capital Projects, Networks, Transport, Urban Services
Labor, Employment, Wages, Training
Land Use, Growth Management, Urban Development, Urban Planning
Poverty, Welfare, Income Inequality
Professional Development, The Field of Urban Affairs
Public Safety in Urban Areas, Criminal Justice, Household Violence
Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Diversity
Social Capital, Democracy and Civil Society, Social Theory, Religion and the City
Urban Communications (Urban Media Roles, Urban Journalism, Social Media/Technology in Urban Life)
Urban Design, Urban Architecture
Urban Indicators, Data/Methods, Satisfaction/Quality of Life Surveys
Urban Politics, Elections, Citizen Participation
Urban Theory, Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Urban Affairs
Urban Issues in Asia and the Pacific Rim
Urban Issues in Central & South America and the Caribbean

Local Host Committee: Conference Program Committee:

Roger Keil, York University (Co-Chair) Leslie Martin, University of Mary Washington (Co-Chair) [USA]
Shauna Brail, University of Toronto (Co-Chair) Pierre Hamel, Université de Montréal (Co-Chair) [Canada]
David Amborski, Ryerson University Lars Engberg, Aalborg University Copenhagen [Denmark]
Sara Hughes, University of Toronto Lúcia Capanema Álvares, Universidade Federal Fluminense [Brazil]
Virginia Maclaren, University of Toronto Kevin Keenan, College of Charleston [USA]
Cathy Yang Liu, Georgia State University [USA]
Jill Tao, Incheon National University [Korea]

Proposal Submission Formats and Policies

Individuals are limited to participation (as presenter, speaker or moderator) in one (1) session. There is no limit to the number of papers/posters for which you are a co-author. Persons in special panels can participate in one additional session.

A proposal can be submitted through the UAA website (starting June 1, 2017) for a:
Research paper presentation--(proposal requires an abstract) OR
Pre-organized panel--(proposal requires a panel summary, group of 4-5 paper abstracts/ moderator)OR
Pre-organized colloquy-- (proposal requires theme statement & names of 4-5 formal discussants) OR
Breakfast roundtable--(proposal requires theme statement & names of 1-2 conveners) OR
Poster--(proposal requires an abstract)—best option for persons who are in early stage of their research

Abstract/Proposal Deadline: UAA will not accept any proposals (of any kind) after October 1, 2017, 12 midnight Central Daylight Time (CDT) or 5:00am GMT. The online submission site will close at 12:01 am CDT. Acceptance or rejection notices will be sent by November 30, 2017.

Questions? Visit the UAA website: www.urbanaffairsassociation.org (for info on proposal submissions, registration, hotel reservations, etc.), or contact us at conf@uaamail.org or 1-414-229-3025.

Peter Burress
Special Assistant
Urban Affairs Association

Contact Email: pburress@uaamail.org
URL: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/
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