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Published on Thursday, November 23, 2017


The Third international conference of young urban researchers (TICYURB) is a collaborative effort of the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL), the Research Center on Socioeconomic Change and Territory (DINAMIA’CET-IUL), the Interdisciplinar Center of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), the Institute of Sociology – University of Porto (ISUP) and the School of Architecture of the University of Sheffield (SSoA). We encourage the submission of theoretical and empirical works about these topics. TICYUrb wish to act as a bridge between social, human, natural and all other scientific domains, so every paper will be welcomed and accepted for consideration.


The TICYUrb (Third International Conference of Young Urban Researchers) is an international event that aims to echo frontier research, artistic works and professional practice related to different urban contexts around the world, under an environment of vibrant dialog between academia and society.

TICYUrb will be held in Lisbon from June 18th to June 22nd, 2018 at ISCTE-IUL.


The conference is split in ten tracks: 

1) Collectivecity (the right to the city: 50 years later), 

50 years after Lefebvre published “The Right to the City” we launch the challenge to reflect on the relevance of this work to contemporary Urban Studies. Criticizing an urban reality in which exchange value overlaps with use value, Lefebvre calls for a claim for the “right to urban life, transformed and renewed,” a right that concretizes collective needs, both for access to certain resources and for spatial appropriation or creative action on it. Several authors have made important contributions to the current reflection on the right to the city, among them: David Harvey, who understands the city as a work and, consequently, as an extension of the human being; and Neil Brenner, who has been reflecting on the process of planetary urbanization. In this sense, given the current importance of cities in a context of increasing urbanization, what is the current situation of the right to the city? Considering the ongoing debate on the right to the city and the practices it animates / mobilized, we suggest below some topics for communication proposals:

  • The Commons
  • Housing
  • Work policing
  • Equipment and infrastructures of the city
  • Cultural practices and uses of urban space
  • Lefebvre: 50 Years Later
  • Social movements and activism in urban space
  • State, citizenship and sovereignty
  • Self-management and differential spaces
  • Transport and urban mobility

2) Productcity (the city as a product), 

Cities have always been privileged places of production and transaction of material products and intangible goods (culture, norms, values). These aspects contribute to the polarization of political, economic and institutional power and affirmation of an arena of social demands necessary for the consolidation of democracy. Currently a set of multiple transformations and practices of territorial exploitation, arising from the context of economic crisis and financial globalization, are translated into the increasing centrality of the urban as a space for accumulation of capital and consumption. At the same time, socio-economic inequalities and environmental impacts are intensified and accelerated, extending beyond the geographic boundaries of urban or territorial borders. Considering this dual possibility of reading between the city as a space that activates flows, productive systems and ‘varied goods’ (or as merchandise itself) and the city as a space for democratic affirmation and social demand, we invite you all  to submit proposals around topics such as:

  • Touristification
  • Gentrification
  • Shared economies
  • City-Branding
  • Privatization of urban space
  • Mega events in urban context
  • City and the production of degenerated ecologies

3) Divercity (diversity in the city),

In the last decades, there have been several sociocultural revolutions in the urban space that materialize in the existence of several (sub)cultural groups. In their multiple forms of expression, they question traditional identities and confront them with new ways of looking at the community and the self. Starting from this diversity that characterizes the cities, we accept proposals that deepen topics such as::

  • Plurality of genres
  • Sport-practices in urban contexts
  • Beliefs and religiosities
  • Cultural and artistic expressions
  • (“Sub”) urban cultures
  • Individual aesthetics and Fashion as a form of presentation of the “self”
  • Cultural heritage and urban memories
  • Sexualities and love in urban context

4) Fractalcity (the city amid policies),

The contemporary city imposes complex challenges to public policies. These policies are structured in a hybrid way amid vertical and normative perspectives and based on the decentralization of decisions, functions and resources. Urban development is thus marked by an unprecedented set of socio-economic and environmental pressures and challenges, and by a profound change in the relation between those actors that produce the city, with consequences in the way in which policies are implemented. Within this context, urban management results from processes and practices that involve a wide range of actors, developed at multiple scales and at different levels of governance, thus determining uncertain and sometimes contradictory and disjointed strategic scenarios. What kind of policies are we talking about? Which factors influence them? To what extent these policies meet population’s needs? Taking from these assumptions, we open the reception of contributions that refer to the following topics:

  • (Des) planning
  • Governmentalization
  • Challenges to urbanization
  • Des (re) territorialization
  • The urban decay
  • Food Industry
  • North-South and West-East Cities

5) Ucity (utopias and dystopias), 

In the aftermath of Thomas More’s 500th anniversary of ‘Utopia’, we challenge participants to reflect on the city and its future potential. Utopian and dystopian thinking marked the debate, criticism and reflection on the city throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries placing the city at the center of the realization of an idea of future, progress and social transformation. With this transformation, the future of the city began to assume a symbolic responsibility, representative in itself of the future of Humanity. The term ‘utopia’ was coined due to a collective process and is resurging as an instrument of questioning and / or a space of dialogue. Links are sought between existing societies, multiple narratives, real places and the desirability to find horizons while valuing the diversity and individuality of the various peoples, cultures, daily life and urban life forms. So, what is the importance of the real city, the imagined city and the ideal city in contemporary times, and what are the meanings we assign today to the terms ‘utopia’ and ‘dystopia’? We invite you to think about five main axes:

  • Utopias, Dystopias and Heterotopias: the existing city and the projected city
  • Utopias Realized: visions under construction
  • Imaginary cities: the city represented in the arts
  • Multiple cities: the city in the media and social networks
  • Virtual cities: from games to applications

6) Fearcity (in-security), 

Violence and insecurity are present in the daily lives of citizens, in different forms and intensities. These situations occur at different scales, from a micro-scale corresponding to interpersonal aggressions, such as school bullying; to a macro-scale, centered on abuses of power by large groups, corporations or institutions.

If sometimes the figure of the mediator or peacemaker gains importance, ensuring a balance that covers the interest of the parties in conflict, which is not always possible. Other times, the participation of the police and other law enforcement orders are inevitable. Surveillance and forms of prevention, investigation and intervention arise in a constant “combat” against threats that compromise the status quo of living in society. But, what happens when all these actors are unable to guarantee the wellbeing of people? What happens when these actors are responsible for the violence? Is it possible to measure the quality of life of city dwellers? Based on these questions and reflections, we invite you all to send abstracts that deepen topics such as:

  • Terrorism and radical groups
  • Drug consumption and trafficking
  • Human and / or organs trafficking
  • Communities and Surveillance Practices
  • Gangs, militias and paramilitary groups
  • Social inequalities (and vulnerabilities) and conflicts
  • Police and military forces
  • Mediators and peacemakers, realities in context

7) Metacity (ways of thinking and making city),

In the 1980s and 1990s we witnessed major transformations, on a global scale, in the modes of “thinking and making cities”. Since then, works in science, technology and politics lost relevance in both actions and decisions concerning the city production. These works have become increasingly dependent of a multiplicity of national and international actors, a  logic of territorial competitiveness and an intersection of several economic and financial interests. The 2007-2008 crisis however, has revived the need to question this urban development model, (re)opening the debate on the roles of science and technology within the context of urban transformations and, marking the emergence of new theoretical approaches to urbanism. The objective of this call is to explore the relationships established between scientific knowledge, political and economic power and, social mobilization in the production of contemporary urban space. What modes and fields of knowledge – instituted or to be established – can and will inform urban development theory(s) and practice(s) in the near future? What types of urban knowledge are still considered legitimate and what is their relevance in the context of public policies, governance models and socio-economic development strategies? What, after all, is the effective importance of political and social mobilization of urban scientists and technicians in the process of “making cities”? Papers should focus on theoretical reflections and empirical analyzes around the following themes:

  • Urban Ontologies and Epistemologies
  • Critical Urbanism and Assemblage Urbanism
  • Resilience and Sustainability
  • (My) Anthropocene / Capital / Plantationocene / Chtulucene
  • Forms of discourse and practices
  • Smart Cities

8) Transitcity (migrations and racism),

Cities are enclaves where the excluded inhabitants from “geographies of deprivation” enhance together, whether they be national (internal flows) or international (external flows); motivated by economic, geopolitical or even environmental factors. Today, the plurality of discourse on the “other” has been polarized, remarking a resurgence of xenophobic and ultra-protectionist movements. This situation is observable in the repositioning of several political parties and their constituencies, which manifest a new sensitivity to immigration policies, sometimes contaminated by fear and ignorance of the “other.” Simultaneously, there is a sometimes inadequate or inefficient management regarding the capacity of receiving new migrants, creating situations of exclusion and segregation that favor the appearance of ghettos or marginal neighborhoods in the urban periphery. Emphasizing the heterogeneity of migrants, their plurality and difference, we find on the one hand what we might call “migrant elites” associated with highly skilled workers, or as alternatives the workforce with no qualifications. These diverse groups also experience different realities that must be considered. Regardless of the migratory group, they may participate in urban life, both as part of their integration and through their direct-participatory action. We invite you all to send abstracts that deepen topics such as:

  • Urban flows
  • Ethnicity
  • Integration and exclusion policies
  • Centers and Peripheries
  • Migrants and migratory movements
  • Racialization of space
  • Non-Western Cities
  • Refugees
  • Patriotism, nationalism and national identities
  • Expats: highly qualified workers abroad

9) RiskCity (risks in the city)

Today’s global and hyper-connected society faces a number of adverse situations, not all of which can be addressed under current capacity restraints.  Social, economic, environmental, technological, and geopolitical risks are increasingly interlinked in terms of their cause and effects due to their unpredictability, violence and disruptive impact. Therefore, their study implies a systemic approach to understanding the complexity of this phenomena. Among others, climate change, the rapid degradation of natural resources, profound changes brought about by new technologies or financial collapses are all examples of the uncertainty and complexity that characterize the present moment.

Cities as places of population concentration are, on the one hand, territories where the impacts of these risks may be more severe and, on the other, spaces of opportunity where models can be managed or tested to avoid collapses and promote new development paradigms. Also, the degree of exposure to risk is not always similar. More socio-economically vulnerable populations, such as those living in precarious urban settings, where the impacts of certain disruptive events tend to be more prominent, stand out more and more as victims of risk; but also, paradoxically, as possible agents for its management.

These risks, difficult to define and delimit spatially and temporally, have motivated a set of international efforts and cooperation agendas aimed at mitigating or eliminating them. In this context, we observe the progressive evolution of the city-sustainable model to the resilient city whose transition requires a broader critical discussion. In this sense, we look for reflections of a practical and / or empirical nature that reflect on:

  • Uncertainty and complexity in the contemporary city
  • Urban risks, weaknesses and consequences
  • International agendas and public policies against risk
  • Crisis and crisis management protocols
  • The paradigms of development against risk
  • Power, social inequality and risk
  • Community-based and / or technological innovation based on risk
  • Social movements against the risk
  • Urban planning in the context of risk
  • The risk in the production of knowledge

10) City O’clock (24 hours in the city).

Cities are experienced at different times. Often these are associated with specific professional activities that need to be carried out at a specific shifts, for example garbage collection usually done at night. Other activities such as cinemas, leisure, cultural or social events can be associated to specific frames of the day. Considering a city that is uninterruptedly lived at different times and rhythms, we launch here the challenge to present texts that reflect on the different forms of appropriation and experience according to the time of day. Abstract topics are wide-open but the pretended “day hour” must be addressed and justified.

TICYURB is a collaborative effort of the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL), the Research Center on Socioeconomic Change and Territory (DINAMIA’CET-IUL), the Interdisciplinar Center of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), the Institute of Sociology – University of Porto (ISUP) and the School of Architecture of the University of Sheffield (SSoA). 

We encourage the submission of theoretical and empirical works about these topics. TICYUrb wish to act as a bridge between social, human, natural and all other scientific domains, so every paper will be welcomed and accepted for consideration.

Modalités de soumission

Abstract deadline is November 30th

thru our submissions form: https://goo.gl/forms/mhnKyhxpxoCxt2Up1

This event will be a platform for sharing ongoing or recent work, open debate and networking. In parallel with the conference sessions, there will be open debates among young professional, exclusive networking sessions, and field excursions, among other activities.

Scientific Committee

  • Alain Bourdin MSH – Paris France
  • Alexandra Paio ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Alexandre Almeida Barbalho Universidade Estadual do Ceará Brasil
  • Allen J. Scott UCLA USA
  • Álvaro Domingues FA-UP Portugal
  • Ana Lopes New Castle University UK
  • Ana Vaz Milheiro ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Andrea Pavoni ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Armando Castro Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia Brasil
  • Assunção Gato ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Carlos Fortuna Universidade de Coimbra Portugal
  • Carolina Alondra Guidotti-González Universidad de la Republica Uruguay
  • Daniel Malet Calvo ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Eduardo Ascensão IGOT-UL Portugal
  • Eduardo Brito-Henriques IGOT-UL Portugal
  • Gabriel Silvestre The University of Sheffield UK
  • Graça Índias Cordeiro ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Helena Carlota Ribeiro Vilaça FL-UP Portugal
  • Inês Pereira ISCTE-IUL & FCSH-UNL Portugal
  • João Cabral FA-UL Portugal
  • João Ferrão ICS-UL Portugal
  • João Pedro S. Nunes FCSH-UNL Portugal
  • João Queirós Politécnico do Porto Portugal
  • Jordi Nofre FCSH-UNL Portugal
  • Jorge Bassani Universidade de São Paulo Brasil
  • Jorge Malheiros IGOT – UL Portugal
  • José Manuel Henriques ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Lígia Ferro IS-UP & ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Luís Mendes IGOT – UL Portugal
  • Luis Vicente Baptista FCSH-UNL Portugal
  • Luísa Veloso ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Luiz Eduardo Soares Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro Brasil
  • Manuel Carlos Silva Universidade do Minho Portugal
  • Manuel Loff FL-UP Portugal
  • Manuela Ivone Cunha Universidade do Minho Portugal
  • Mara Clemente ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Marco Allegra ICS-UL Portugal
  • Margarida Pereira FCSH-UNL Portugal
  • Maria do Rosário Oliveira ICS-UL Portugal
  • Maria Saudade Baltazar Universidade de Evora Portugal
  • Maria Silvério ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Mário Caeiro ESAD.Cr Portugal
  • Mark Purcell University of Washington USA
  • Nuno Dias ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Otávio Raposo ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Patrícia Pereira FCSH-UNL Portugal
  • Paula Maria Guerra Tavares IS-UP Portugal
  • Paulo Machado FCSH-UNL Portugal
  • Pedro Costa ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Rahul Kumar Instituto Politécnico de Setubal Portugal
  • Ricardo Campos FCSH-UNL Portugal
  • Ricardo Freitas Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro Brasil
  • Rita d’Avila Cachado ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Sandra Marques Pereira ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Sara Dalila Aguiar Cerejo FCSH-UNL Portugal
  • Simone Tulumello ICS-UL Portugal
  • Susana Corvelo ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Teresa Alves IGOT – UL Portugal
  • Teresa Costa Pinto ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Teresa Madeira da Silva ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Teresa Marat-Mendes ISCTE-IUL Portugal
  • Victor Eduardo Cabrita Ortuño Universidad de la Republica Uruguay


  • ISCTE-IUL - Av.ª das Forças Armadas
    Lisbon, Portugal (1649-026)


  • Thursday, November 30, 2017


  • culture, city, megapolis, risk, gender, smart city, anthropocene, urban life, religion, violence, crisis


  • Manuel Garcia-Ruiz
    courriel : urbiteit [at] gmail [dot] com

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  • Manuel Garcia-Ruiz
    courriel : urbiteit [at] gmail [dot] com


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