Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos
When: 21 October 2014–25 October 2014
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
Contact: Adam Grydehøj, email@example.com
Islands are often associated with peripherality, yet over
the course of human history, they have also been important sites of urban
development. Many important regional cities and global cities have developed
wholly or partially on small islands or archipelagos. Physical separation from
the mainland and spatial limitations along with a maritime tradition can
encourage the transport of products and ideas, improved defence infrastructure,
construction of social capital, consolidation of political power, formation of
vibrant cultures, and concentration of population. Some such island-based
cities were located on inland river islands and have since expanded far beyond
their original borders (for example, Paris and Strasbourg) while others are
still strongly associated with their island cores (for example, Hong Kong and
New York City).
Major population centres located on larger, primarily rural
islands and archipelagos represent another type of island city. Each of these
cities is affected not just by the dynamics at work in urban areas in general
but also by the special functions it gains from acting as a metropolis that
provides goods and services to rural island hinterlands.
Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos is an international,
interdisciplinary island studies conference exploring how island status
influences urban development, common attributes of island cities worldwide, and
the opportunities that islandness presents for developing urban cultures and
economies. It will also consider how and why different island cities have
developed in different ways.
The conference will feature presentations on a variety of
subjects relating to urban island culture, government, and economy. A variety
of fields and disciplines will be covered, including anthropology, archaeology,
architecture, arts and design, business, film, folklore, history, literature,
planning, political science, public administration, sociology, and tourism.
Presentations may concern cases from individual cities or take a comparative
approach to understanding what it means to be an urban island.
To propose a presentation, visit the call for papers at www.islanddynamics.org/islandcities.cfp.html.
The deadline for abstracts is
30 April 2014 May 31, 2014. If you have any questions, please
contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saskia Sassen (Columbia University), Jon
Pierre (University of Gothenburg), Christian Wichmann Matthiessen (University
of Copenhagen), Godfrey Baldacchino (University of Malta), and Brenda S. A. Yeoh
(National University of Singapore).
This Island Dynamics conference is a
collaboration of the International Geographical Union's Commission on Islands;
the University of Portsmouth's Centre for Art, Architecture & Design; and
the University of the Balearic Islands' Department of Catalan Philology &
About the location:
The conference will take place in the Baltic island city of
Copenhagen, with talks taking place on Christianshavn, a man-made archipelago
built as a trading and garrison town in the 1600s. Canal-crossed
Christianshavn combines cutting-edge galleries, an opera house, lively cafés
and gourmet restaurants, and the counter-cultural bastion of Freetown
Christiania. Christianshavn is located between downtown Copenhagen on the
island of Zealand to the north and the island of Amager to the south.
Delegates will be able to explore Copenhagen as a whole: in
the North and South Harbours, where luxury residential development meets
maritime industry meets traditional fishing; in Tivoli Gardens, established in
1843; in the vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods of Vesterbro and Nørrebro; and
on Slotsholm, the seat of Denmark’s cultural, financial, and political power.
Delegates will also also be able to visit Malmö, with its Medieval island old
town and castle complex. Like Copenhagen, Malmö is an ethnically diverse centre
of industry, research, and architecture.