[URBANTH-L] CFP: STS in Urban Development: Networks and the Re-making of Cities

Angela Jancius jancius at ohio.edu
Thu Jan 24 11:53:19 EST 2008

[forwarded from CRIT-GEOG-FORUM at JISCMAIL.AC.UK]

Call for papers for Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) meeting in 
Rotterdam, August 20-23 2008


STS in Urban Development: Actors, Networks and the Re-making of Cities

Until recently, STS studies of the 'City' and 'City-making' have been 
relatively rare. However, a generation of STS researchers have started 
studying architecture, planning and cities with a notable growth in 
published papers and conference sessions, notably at the 2007 4S conference 
in Montreal.  Generally, however, these explorations have tended to neglect 
the long-standing analytical approaches to urbanism developed in wider 
social sciences (e.g. geography, sociology, politics, anthropology). 
Moreover, STS has often positioned itself as providing an alternative, 
improved analytical approach to urbanism as a form of co-evolution of urban 
processes, practices and form.

This session aims to revisit this discussion between disciplines to 
encourage a discussion about the relations between STS and wider urban 
studies as either in tension or as mutually enriching in the study of 
city-making. We welcome papers focusing either on conceptual and 
methodological debate or theoretically informed case-studies, that explore 
how actors and networks co-evolve in the making and re-making of cities.

Those who are interested in this session, please send a 400 word abstract by 
February 10 to:

Simon Guy, University of Manchester, Simon.Guy at manchester.ac.uk
Ola Söderström, Université de Neuchâtel, Ola.Soderstrom at unine.ch

Ola Söderström
Institut de Géographie
Université de Neuchâtel
Espace Louis Agassiz 1
2000 Neuchâtel
Tél.:  +41 32 718 17 97 

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