Birmingham Cityscapes 2011

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Robert Lawson, Birmingham City University
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Call for Papers

Birmingham Cityscapes: An Inter-disciplinary Urban Research Conference


Saturday 18 June 2011


Seacole Building, City South Campus, Birmingham City University, UK

Keynote Speakers

Dr Mike Beazley, Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies, University of Birmingham

Paul Slatter, Director of Chamberlain Forum Limited, Birmingham

Conference Description

Engaging with current issues facing urban research in Birmingham, the Birmingham Cityscapes conference will provide a forum for academics, scholars, practitioners, community leaders and local residents to discuss urban research in Birmingham, UK. The conference will facilitate the development of new research networks and provide an opportunity for theoretical and applied knowledge transfer across the public, private, voluntary, and academic sectors.

This conference aims to stimulate dialogue, so papers are invited from both established and emerging academic researchers and active practitioners. Papers which centre on inter- and trans disciplinary approaches to urban research, impact-driven research, or community-level projects, are particularly welcome. Possible themes include (but are not limited to):

• The use of urban spaces
• Community relations in the city
• Urban regeneration and development
• Representations of the city in the media
• Crime and deviancy
• Urban art and design
• Urban language and city narratives

Papers should be 20 minutes in length, with 10 minutes for questions. Each author may submit a maximum of one individual abstract and one co-authored abstract, or two co-authored abstracts. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the Birmingham Cityscapes panel. There will be a prize for best post-graduate paper.

Abstracts (maximum of 300 words, excluding references) are invited by 1 March 2011. Please e-mail abstracts as a Word or PDF attachment to with the title 'Cityscapes Abstract' in the subject line. Abstracts should contain no identifying information. Author(s) information including name, institution or affiliation, and e-mail address should be included in the body of the e-mail. Notification of acceptance will be by 18 March 2011.