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Urban Mediations: International Conference on the Narratives, Ecologies, and Poetics of the City


This international, interdisciplinary conference will take place in Hong Kong, 5-6 December 2024. The conference aims to uncover emergent frameworks and methods for the interpretation and analysis of literary, filmic, and cultural texts relating to the profound transformation of cities around the world across the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

The starting point for discussion is cities in Asia and their dialogues with different cities in the world. While “urban” typically denotes a geographical location and its inhabitants, we use it to indicate a process and practice of co-existence. The urban, in this sense, is informed by socio-cultural, economic, ecological, political, and technological processes that may appear or aspire to be global but that are, in fact, diversely lived and experienced.

The framework “urban mediations” offers a way of thinking about “the urban” not as a bounded, stable object, but as an intermediary agency that is both specific to a particular milieu and connected to people and processes elsewhere. “Mediation” extends recent work on urban infrastructure – the physical systems of connectivity that keep cities moving – to include the social, affective, aesthetic, and material relations that bind the urban to itself and to myriad elsewheres. Like the urban, mediation “is not a stable thing but a way of seeing the unstable relations among dynamically related things.”

More information here https://rih.cuhk.edu.hk/news-and-events/cfp-urban-mediations-conf-dec2024/