Urban Nature Temporalities

CfP for the interdisciplinary Workshop Series 2021-2022: Temporalities of urban natures: imaginaries, narratives, and practices, located in Venice, Malmö and Berlin; deadline 15 June 2021

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Temporalities of urban natures: imaginaries, narratives, and practices

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)

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

Finding viable avenues for multispecies coexistence is becoming a defining feature in the Anthropocene. Only in the past year, the concurrent emergencies of climate change and SARSCov2 have thrown into light the intimate relations between human-shaped environments and the disastrous deterioration of formerly thriving ecosystems. Consequently, more-than-human appropriations of urban space illuminate complex challenges, but also potential solutions, to a sustainable co-existing in the Anthropocene city.

Through three overlapping thematic interrogations (narratives, imaginaries, and practices), this workshop series seeks to explore how different temporal entanglements structure, affect, and co-produce urban landscapes, and by extension the Anthropocene city.

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 applicants capacity to participate in each of the three workshops (online or in person). The whole series will be held in English.


Please send a paper abstract (300 words maximum plus 3 keywords) and a short bio (100 words maximum) to urban.nature.temporalities(at)gmail.com, by the 15 June 2021, stating which workshop you wish to present at (Venice, Malmö, or Berlin) and if you will be able to attend all three workshops (in person or online).

For the full CfP and workshop thematic and structure visit the website.


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urban.nature.temporalities[ at ]gmail.com