2017 Conference Warsaw

Cities locked in networks

Warsaw, Poland: 21-24  June, 2017


The proposed theme relates to the issue of networks, widely discussed in urban science. ‘Network’ is a general notion used in many context – spatial, economic, social, and political. We propose to look at the network through the lens of institutions what is expressed in the title by the lock-in concept. It brings historical perspective to the discussion and tends to enquire on sustainability and mechanisms of changes in urban developments. Following an often quoted Castells’s methaphor of space of flows we recognize cities not only as nodes concentrating those flows, but also as political agents entangled into innumerable networks encompassing globalised world.

Within this approach we propose tracks:

1. City locked in metropolitan regions
2. Cities locked in economy
3. Cities locked in Europeanisation
4. Cities locked in physical space
5. Cities locked in globalisation and global changes
6. Cities locked in democratic institutions

The local organizer is the University of Warsaw, who is celebrating its 200-years anniversary in 2016-2017.

The conference will take place are University campus, situated in central Warsaw.
More information will be soon available on the conference website.