The Urban Commission of the International Geographical Union (IGU) in collaboration with the Geography Department of Saint-Joseph University of Beirut is pleased to invite you to its 2021 Annual Conference. Because of the pandemic conditions the meeting will be organized online
IGU Urban Geography Commission Annual Conference - from 23rd to 25th August 2021
Details will be available soon
C20.42 - Urban Commission: (Re-)Thinking Cities And The Urban: From The Global To The Local, IGU
Faculty of Human Sciences. Geography Department, Saint-Joseph University of Beirut, Lebanon
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Built Environment, Beirut Arab University, Lebanon
We are preparing for the 2021 Annual Conference of the IGU-Urban Commission to be hold in Beirut, Lebanon, as it was our plan already in 2020. In light of the still ongoing pandemic, it is not possible that the conference will be organized on-site, thus we will make it again entirely digitally. We’re still hoping that debates and exchange will be possible, since this is the key value of academic conferences. Hence we will do our best to ensure that.
Deadline for abstracts submission: 2nd of March 2021
Information on the acceptance of abstracts: 15th of April 2021
- Opening of registration: 15th of April 2021
- Conference Registration: before 10th of June 2021
23rd – 25th August 2021
Short-term incidents and the shocks they exert on societies, cities and urban regions have been discussed in both natural and social sciences for quite a while. Related cases include for example natural disasters like hurricanes or flooding events and the associated devastation in cities (such as hurricane ‘Katrina’ that had hit the southern coastline of the U.S. in 2005, or Japanese Tsunami in 2011); the disruption of private and social life caused by the real estate crisis in North America or Europe after 2008/09; the explosion in the port of Beirut of August 4, 2020, whose devastating impact has affected a city and a country already facing multiple structural crises. These events have in common that they put a massive strain on urban places, people, societies. The ability to recover from such developments is defined as resilience, that is, to absorb external shocks and crises and to regain a state of equilibrium however defined.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a global shock “like any other” involving simultaneous disruptions to both supply and demand in an interconnected world economy. It has renewed the attention paid to resilience, as both the virus and the associated politics and market effects (lock down, business closures and social distancing) exert a huge influence on social, economic and private life. The extreme uncertainty about duration, magnitude and impact of the pandemic could pose a vicious cycle of dampening business and tightening financial conditions. Given the extent and magnitude to which disruption is affecting cities and urban regions recently, the IGU Urban Commission has chosen the concept of resilience as the umbrella topic for its 2021 Conference. This choice corresponds with one of our five topical areas that orientate the Commission’s 2020-2024 Mandate: “Climate change, resilience, urban health and well-being”. Our aim is to offer a podium for discussing the multiple dimensions of resilience for urban studies, urban development and politics and policy. These may both concern the current situation influenced by the pandemic and more long-term, general issues of urban development. Possible contributions which particularly address the following topical realms are welcome:
Additionally, we encourage colleagues to submit abstracts that speak to one of the four other areas of urban studies that guide the current mandate of the IGU-Urban Commission. These papers may or may not have implications for discussing resilience, but address conceptual, empirical or policy issues in the research domains as follows:
Early career researchers are considered before PhD completion or within 5 years after.
In selecting applicants to receive awards, preference will be given to young or emerging scholars, in particular to those from developing countries. Please note that full participation in the conference, including the closing ceremony, is required.
The selection will be made according to an extended abstract of 5-6 pages (longer than the regular abstract). The application to the grant must be indicated in the registration form and in the beginning of the abstract form. The template of abstract is the same, but the abstract must be more consistent in order to better judge of the content.
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