CALL FOR PAPERS – Philosophy of the City, Hong Kong, Portland, & Mexico City

Philosophy of the City 2015
A conference series
University of Hong Kong, Nov. 6-7,
Portland State University, Nov. 21-22
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Dec. 3-4
Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2015

Hong Kong Keynote: Daniel A. Bell (Tsinghua University)
Portland Keynote: Ingrid Leman Stefanovic (Simon Fraser University) (featuring an invited talk by Robert M. Figueroa, Oregon State University)
Mexico City Keynote: Lewis Gordon (University of Connecticut)

Philosophy of the City has emerged as an international movement. To facilitate global discussions, this conference series aims to establish new channels for dialogue.

Presentations can be in any area of philosophy of the city. Interdisciplinary approaches and neighboring disciplines are welcome. Each conference will feature sessions dedicated to addressing the challenges for ecology, technology, and democracy in current and future cites. At each conference, philosophers will engage in trans-disciplinary discussions with urban planners during special roundtable sessions.

Send abstracts to Shane Epting at by May 31, 2015. Include the city of your choice in the subject line. For submissions in Spanish for Mexico City, send emails to Luis Diaz at the same email address above. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Tensions between political authority and community autonomy
Architectural preservation and sustainable buildings
The city and social protest
Alternatives to gentrification
Smart cities, ecological considerations and human flourishing
Participatory approaches to budgeting, planning, and environmental regulations
Urban food sovereignty
Contributions from the history of philosophy to the city’s future
Big data and the public good
Immigration and citizenship
Graffiti and street art
New forms of municipal democracy
Is housing a public good?
Segregation/white flight vs. gentrification/white reterritorialization
Securing the city: rethinking police protocols and motivations
Ethical measurements: the morality of urban metrics
Democratic control of infrastructure
Zoning, land-use policy, and the rights of nature
Future cities: eco-villages, megacities, or both?
Megacities, complexity and justice
The quality of local democracy
Street harassment; Gender and Public Space
The right to a wired city

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