Philosophy of the City Now: Around the World in 24 Hours 

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Call for Papers
March 15, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Philosophy, Social History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies

Call for Collaborators and Abstracts 

The Philosophy of the City Research Group (PotC) is organizing a virtual global event: 

*** Philosophy of the City Now: Around the World in 24 Hours ***

The conference will take place fully online on May 17, 2021, UTC 00:00–23:59. While only the most dedicated might be willing to join us for 24 hours, we hope that everybody will have a chance to participate in the event for a while in accordance with your local time zone. In addition, we would like to facilitate collaboration in our global community by organizing the event in a jointly manner. Since this event is organized by time zones, it means that Johannesburg and Amsterdam will share the same conference time. Also, we aim to create overlap in the time zones in this program so that it will cross continents, so for instance London and New York will share a session. 

Theme and scope 

We especially invite scholars to reflect on the role of the city in the current pandemic and how our relationships to cities may change in a Post-COVID situation. This may include but is certainly not limited to topics such as urban resilience, architecture and public health, and sustainable development in time of crisis. 

But the conference will also be open to non-Covid related research. We particularly encourage submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers. 

Presentations should be approx. 20 minutes long. Q&A will be enabled via chat function or according to the moderator’s instructions. By default, all presentations should be in English, but we are open for variations. 


Submit your anonymized abstract of max. 300 words (docx, otd, or pdf format) by March 15, 2021 via EasyChair: 

Please include 5 keywords and add your preferred time zone of presentation at the beginning of the abstract. We will ask you about your career stage in the registration form. If you self-identify as junior researcher, we might be able to provide you with more extensive feedback on your submission. 


Collaborators and hosts 

We are also looking for local hosts, who take care of the event in their local time-zone by 

  • Reaching out to scholars in their region,
  • Acting as moderators while the event is in their time-zone, 
  • Supporting us in the review process, and
  • Help us in setting up a suitable infrastructure. 

Local hosts should be willing to chair and facilitate the meeting for 4-8 hours in their own time zone and run a Zoom meeting (as a backup for the global stream). If you are interested in serving as a local host or have questions about how to approach being a local host, you can also send us questions. We will support you in this endeavor. Contact for local hosts: 


Organization Committee: 

Michael Nagenborg, University of Twente | Sanna Lehtinen, Aalto University | Alexandria K. Poole, University of Twente 

Local hosts: 

Shane Epting, Missouri University of Science and Technology | Ronald R. Sundstrom, University of San Francisco | Remmon Barbaza, Ateneo de Manila University 

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