IX AESOP Young Academics conference 2015
March 23-26, 2015
Italy | Palermo | University of Palermo, Polytechnic School
Department of Architecture at the University of Palermo and the Critical Heritage Studies at the University of Gothenburg
The conference is a four day event around the successful frame developed by the YA: five keynote talks, two parallel tracks for presentation of 40 papers by young academics, a methodological workshop, a field trip.
The conference will also host the presentation of the Festschrift for Patsy Healey edited by Jean Hillier and Jonathan Metzger. The creation of a joint event will create the room for a lively debate between the participants to the conference and one of the most emblematic figures of contemporary planning.
Theme of the conference
The conference invites inter-/multi-disciplinary contributions that present empirical research and/or theoretical discussions and building that explore the ways universal theories in Planning, Urban and Heritage Studies have shaped planning approaches worldwide as well as advance discussions on how to go beyond such universality by exploring dimensions of differences and connections in-between different (geographic, theoretical, institutional, mental) contexts in the European and global arena of cities.
The conference will offer four thematic areas
1. Breaking disciplinary borders. Dialogues between planning theory and research, critical urban theories, human and cultural geography, critical heritage studies, and beyond
Contributors are invited to explore the borders of disciplines, and going beyond them, offering methodological, epistemological, and empirical reflections on how different theoretical foundations may collaborate for renovating scholarship and practice.
2. Overcoming divides. Comparative studies, de-parochialising theories
Papers on this thematic area are invited to explore horizontal connections between urban contexts, planning systems and cultures, and vertical relations between global trends and local responses, and go beyond, looking at the connections between planning, governance, institutional arrangements, grass-root action. Especially welcome are comparative contributions able to put into debate historical divides at the global, regional, national, local level, and question mainstream theories' Western-centric gist.
3. Beyond Western-centrism? Heritage and the politics of local-global divide
In this session, contributions are invited to advance dialogues on how planning and heritage ought to promote a more democratic approach that goes beyond Western-centricity of heritage and the continuously expanding local-global divide.
4. The EU crisis and beyond. Local effects and answers, making sense of European differences and connections
The contributors are invited to look at the space of local effects of, and answer to, the crisis, both within and outside Europe, and actual (or potential) fruitful contaminations that international networks of local action may generate.