International Conference on Urban Anthropology "Urban Inequalities"

Mikhail Alekseevsky's picture
Call for Papers
June 20, 2019 to June 22, 2019
Russian Federation
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Sociology, Urban History / Studies

Venue: National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Date: 20-22 June 2019

Conference OrganizersInternational Urban Symposium (IUS); IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology (CUA); Institute of Social Policy, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow; University of the Peloponnese. With the support of City, University of London. Our Partners: Centre for Urban Anthropology; Strelka KB; Oxfam Moscow. Endorsed by: Centre for Ethnographic Research, University of Kent.

Casting doubts on the power of urbanization to improve the human condition, in recent times entrenched forms of social and economic inequality have become exacerbated as a direct consequence of urbanization without (or with weak) growth, the global economic crisis and the expanding gap between a privileged few and the rest of the population. This impacts both historical residents and newcomers. Across the world, local authorities are investing on the fashionable trend of making their cities “smart”. Paradoxically, however, the introduction of new technologies that should guarantee urban sustainability and a more transparent and efficient governance is failing to strengthen democracy and people’s (allegedly easier) access to resources and services. People increasingly move into cities only to experience little or no improvement in their lives. Large internal and international migration flows in conjunction with weak policy, double standards in the treatment of individuals and groups and inefficient or slanted governance have engendered new challenges to urban life. In particular, huge, mostly uncontrolled, migration from poorer countries to traditionally better-off countries has raised legal, as well as social and economic, forms of inequality and conflict.

An in-depth comparative understanding of these processes is urgently needed. Ethnographic analysis can document in detail local effects of these phenomena, such as unemployment, informal employment, homelessness, intolerance, conflict, cooperation, suicide and crime. It can bring to light how local cultures are coping with this situation. Ethnographically-committed anthropologists and social scientists more generally are invited to raise to this challenge.

Paper abstracts should be submitted by 15 January 2019.  Submissions should include a title, a 250-word (maximum) abstract and a 100-word Bio including affiliation, if any, and relevant publications, as well as the author/s e-mail address.

Conditions. Applicants are allowed to be the lead presenter of only one paper in the conference. All abstracts must be sent as a Word Document. All submissions should be made by e-mail to the Conference Committee . Applicants will be informed about acceptance of their submission by 15 February 2019.

Publication. Revised papers will be considered for publication in Urbanities-Journal of Urban Ethnography, either as part of a Special issue or as individual articles. The publication of an edited volume is also a possibility.

Registration Deadline: Monday 8 April 2019.

Registration Fee: €100 (Euros) Onsite Registration: €150.

Contact Info: 

Conference CommitteeItalo Pardo, Ph.D. Hon. Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Kent, U.K. and President of the International Urban Symposium – ; Giuliana B. Prato, Ph.D. Hon. Senior Research Fellow, University of Kent, U.K. and Chair of the IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology – ; Ekaterina Demintseva, Director, Centre for Qualitative Social Policy Research, Institute for Social Policy, Higher School of Economics, Moscow; Associate Professor, School of Cultural Studies, Higher School of Economics, ; Manos Spyridakis, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Social Anthropology, University of the Peloponnese and Vice-President of the Greek Open University. Deputy-Chair of the IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology and Vice-President of the International Urban Symposium –