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The Finnish Urban Studies Annual Conference will take place in Turku on May 4–5, 2023. The organizers of the 2023 conference are the Society for Urban Planning, the Finnish Society for Urban Research and the Society for Built Environment Research in cooperation with the Turku Urban Research Programme.

The Conference 2023 calls for sessions around the theme of City of Knowledge. The aim is to consider the importance of science and information in urban development. Modern cities, as well as societies, are built on researched knowledge. Simultaneously, cities make use of the information produced by citizens and people visiting the city. City dwellers, on the other hand, use everyday, experiential knowledge both in their actions and in their efforts to influence the development of their city.

The connection between information and urban research can be considered, for example, by asking: What kind of information do cities need and want to have and who can produce it? How is the information produced by researchers intertwined with the everyday experiential knowledge of city dwellers? What is the position of higher education institutions in cities? How is the appreciation of knowledge reflected in cities? How have different sciences – architecture, history, economics, political science, sociology, geography, cultural studies – influenced and influence urban development today? How has information about cities been structured and changed? What kind of information and knowledge do we need in anticipation of the future of cities?

In addition to the knowledge produced by researchers, the knowledge on cities produced by means of participatory methods and citizen information is part of the theme of the conference. The theme also reflects the 20th anniversary of the Urban Studies Conference.

We invite for proposals for working groups on the City of Knowledge by January 20th, 2023. We welcome both theoretical reviews of the theme as well as empirical applications. We encourage proposals that strengthen interdisciplinary discussions.

Each proposal should include

  1. a title of the session
  2. name(s) of presenter(s)/chair(s), email address(es), and affiliation(s)
  3. a description of the content and aims of the session (max. 3,500 characters)

Please send your proposal by email to: kaupunkitutkimuksenpaivat@yss.fi

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Call for Sessions 2024

The Finnish Urban Studies Annual Conference will take place in Helsinki on May 23–24, 2024. The organizers of the 2024 conference are the Society for Urban Planning, the Finnish Society for Urban Research and the Society for Built Environment Research in cooperation with the Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies.

The Conference 2024 calls for sessions around the theme of Changing Cities. Cities are in constant change. They change over time, which gives us the opportunity to examine the numerous historical layers of cities, to observe various design solutions, and to see the impact of past choices on urban landscapes and structures. Cities are subject to societal changes such as changes in population, technologies, institutions, values, and norms, which affect the planning and development of cities. Social changes can be intentional and planned, they can also be the result of gradual development or unexpected events.

The theme Changing Cities can be approached, for instance, through following questions; How do various societal changes manifest in cities? How does digitalization change cities? How do actions required for sustainability transition become visible in cities and their planning? What effects might climate change have on cities? How has the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped cities? How do population changes such as aging, population decline, or diversification change cities? How have cities changed, or how should they be changed, to be more equal and equitable? How do cities change due to the influence of their surrounding areas? What changes will cities face in the future, and how do historical changes become visible and affect present cities?

We invite for proposals for working groups on the Changing Cities by February 23rd, 2024. We welcome both theoretical reviews of the theme as well as empirical applications. We encourage proposals that strengthen interdisciplinary discussions.

Each proposal should include

  1. a title of the session
  2. name(s) of presenter(s)/chair(s), email address(es), and affiliation(s)
  3. a description of the content and aims of the session (max. 3,500 characters)

Please send your proposal by email to: ktp.koordinaattori@gmail.com

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Call for Papers

Call for Papers for Urban Studies Conference 2023 is now open!

Proposals can be sent for 25 different sessions. Descriptions of sessions can be found here.

The theme of the twentieth multidisciplinary Urban Studies Conference is City of Knowledge. The two-day event will take place in University of Turku at Publicum building on 4th–5th May 2023.

Abstract proposals (approximately 250 words) to the sessions should be sent directly to the session chairs by the 31st March 2023.

Contact details for session chairs for each individual session can be found here.

The registration will open in March. The participation fees will be updated shortly.