An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
March 7-8, 2008
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Five broad themes are identified to guide presentations and panel discussions toward various aspects of suburban scholarly research. Proposals do not need to be submitted specifically on the suggested themes.
Theme 1: Suburban Politics and History of Suburbs (Public policy, real estate industry, public/private sector relationship, migration)
Theme 2: Sustainable Development and Environmentalism (Suburban infrastructure, growth management/farmland preservation, transportation, environment and health, ecological impact of global climate change)
Theme 3: Suburban Life (Social justice, social aspirations, quality of life, housing, poverty vs. prosperity, relationship between suburban living and social formations such as race, gender and class)
Theme 4: Suburban Form (Morphology and typology, rural + urban interface, design aspects)
Theme 5: Rethinking Suburbs (Future of suburbs, re-densification of urban centers, center and the periphery relationship, urbanizing suburbs)
Research may focus on any region of the world and presenters are encouraged to submit work using traditional and/or innovative research methods including archival research, spatial analysis, surveys and oral histories or interpretive methods. Moreover, presenters are encouraged to consider bodies of evidence from case-specific cities and suburbs to their representations in film, photography, literature and word media.
We invite abstracts from scholars in Architecture, Urban Planning, Art History, Comparative Literature, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Public Health, Public Policy and related disciplines. Paper presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. We encourage the use of visual aids in all presentations. Please submit a 500-word Abstract along with 5000-characters Biographical Statement/s by January 3, 2008 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Biographical Statement/s should be followed by the Abstract - formatted in the following order:
Title of Paper, Name of the Presenter/s, Academic/other Affiliation, 500-word Abstract, Keywords.
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