15/6/2021 – CFP: Temporalities of urban natures: imaginaries, narratives, and practices

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What, when & where

Temporalities of urban natures: imaginaries, narratives, and practices

Workshop Series 2021-22

Organisers: Lucilla Barchetta (Università Iuav di Venezia) & Mathilda Rosengren (Malmö Universitet)

Keynote speakers: Bianca Maria Rinaldi (Politecnico di Torino); Henriette Steiner (Københavns Universitet); Sandra Jasper (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

The search for viable avenues for multispecies coexistence is fast becoming a defining feature of the Anthropocene. Only in the past year, the concurrent emergencies of climate change and SARSCov2 have underscored the intimate relations between human-shaped environments and the disastrous deterioration of once thriving ecosystems. As such, more-than-human appropriations of urban space illuminate both complex challenges and potential solutions to a sustainable co-existing in the Anthropocene city.

In this context, the workshop series seeks to explore how different temporal entanglements structure, affect, and co-produce urban landscapes of the Anthropocene city through three overlapping thematic approaches (narratives, imaginaries, and practices).

We invite urban nature scholars across the social sciences, the humanities, and the fields of arts and architecture – with a regional expertise on Northern Italy, the Öresund region, or Eastern Germany – to reflect on the temporalities of urban nature over the course of three connected workshops in Venice (Università Iuav di Venezia), Malmö (Malmö Universitet), and Berlin (Georg-Simmel-Center for Metropolitan Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) respectively. We particularly encourage submissions that display strong empirical engagements with the regions in question.

Each workshop will be run in a hybrid format (in person and online) to accommodate for potential travel and gathering restrictions caused by the pandemic. In the spirit of building and maintaining conversations around the series, papers will be selected according to both the relevance of the proposed topic and the applicant’s capacity to participate in each of the three workshops (online or in person). The whole series will be held in English.

Deadline & how to apply

Please send an abstract (300 words maximum plus 3 keywords) and a short bio (100 words maximum) to urban.nature.temporalities@gmail.com, by the 15 June 2021, stating which workshop you wish to present at (Venice, Malmö, or Berlin) and if you foresee any challenges in attending any of the workshop sessions (whether in person or online).

Other info, Links & conditions

For the full CfP and workshop thematic and structure visit our website: https://urban-nature-temporalities.com/
Direct any queries to urban.nature.temporalities@gmail.com.

Key dates:
Abstract deadline: 15 June 2021
Notifications of abstract proposals: 2 July 2021
1st workshop: Venice – 23-24 September 2021
2nd workshop: Malmö – 25-26 March 2022
3rd workshop: Berlin – 24-25 June 2022


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