The Sociology of Contemporary Urban Life
Economies |Cultures| Politics| Aesthetics
Thursday 16th and Friday 17th June 2016
University of York, UK
This two-day conference, co-organised by the Department of Sociology and CURB (Centre for Urban Research) at University of York, is an attempt to provide a lively, open-minded forum for urban sociologists to gather and discuss the challenges of conducting the craft of urban sociology in a fragmented, hierarchical urban world; an urbanizing planet where the very concept of ‘the city’--traditionally the unit of analysis for urban sociologists—faces unprecedented levels of scepticism. The title of the conference is a riff on T.J. Clark's (1984) book on Manet and Paris, The Painting of Modern Life. As such, the conference aims to engage with contemporary urban life in a critical manner, using a multiplex of economies, cultures, politics and aesthetics to explore our contemporary urban experience/s (with or without the city). The conference will also address the distinctive role that urban sociology has played, does play and may in the future play within the broader academic endeavour of Urban Studies.
Confirmed speakers include:
· Fran Tonkiss (LSE)
· Michael Keith (Oxford)
· Emma Jackson (Goldsmiths, London)
· Phil Hubbard (Kent)
· Ayona Datta (Leeds)
· David Pinder (Roskilde)
· Richard Sennett (LSE) (a public lecture given as part of the York Festival of Ideas).
There are also four panel sessions. Full details of the full programme is available here: https://www.york.ac.uk/sociology/about/news-and-events/department/2016/urbansociology/
Registration is £40.00 (full) or £20.00 (student/ postdoctoral) for the full conference. One day rates are also available. The direct link to payment pages is here: https://www.york.ac.uk/sociology/about/news-and-events/department/2016/urbansociology/#tab-2