Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2016
Start date : 7 March 2016 00:00
End date : 11 March 2016 00:00
Where : Hong Kong | Hong Kong R.A.S., Chine
Hosted by :
University of Hong Kong
Information sources :
This conference brings together researchers from across the globe to explore
urban life on islands and archipelagos.
Keynote Speakers: John Urry (Lancaster University), Arjun Appadurai (New York
University), Elaine Stratford (University of Tasmania), Stephen Graham
Islands are often associated with peripherality, yet they have long been
important sites for the growth of cities. Physical separation from the mainland
and spatial limitations can encourage the transport of products and ideas,
improved defence infrastructure, construction of social capital, consolidation
of political power, formation of vibrant cultures, and concentration of
population. Some island cities were located on inland river islands and have
since expanded far beyond their original borders while others are still strongly
associated with their island cores.
Fostering dialogue between the fields of island studies and urban studies, this
interdisciplinary conference will feature presentations that explore and
critique the varied connections between the urban and the insular from a
diversity of perspectives on culture, planning, politics, architecture, economy,
and environment in island cities worldwide. We welcome papers and panels
focusing on individual case studies as well comparative analyses and conceptual
Presentations are invited to address questions such as:
• How does islandness sustain processes of urbanisation?
• How can urban planning and urban design address the challenges faced by island
• Why are islands historically privileged sites for urban development?
• How does islandness influence urban cultures?
• What roles do island cities play in national, regional, and global frameworks
• How does urbanisation affect island society and environment?
• How does island city status affect distributions of political authority?
• How do urban archipelagos relate to their hinterlands and oceanic
• How are island cultures reconstituted in (mainland) urban diasporas?
• What challenges do island environments pose to urban development and planning?
• How does the particular mobility of island populations shape the development
of island cities?
• What other topics are critical to the future of island cities?
Practical informations :
The deadline for abstracts is 16 August 2015. However, to take advantage of
early registration rates and ensure that you have time to seek funding from your
institution or government, we recommend that you submit your abstract early:
http://www.islandcities.org/icua2016/cfp.html. For more information on the
conference, contact convenor Adam Grydehøj (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This Island Dynamics conference is organised in collaboration with the
University of Hong Kong's School of English (Faculty of Arts), National Taiwan
Normal University's Department of Geography, University of Copenhagen's Centre
of Global South-Asian Studies, and University of the Philippines Manila's
Department of Social Sciences.