41st Annual Urban Affairs Association Conference
Reclaiming the City: Building a Just and Sustainable Future
New Orleans, Louisiana
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
March 16-19, 2011
Join us in the most culturally unique city of the U.S., as we explore issues affecting urban populations and places across the globe!
Call for Participation:
We invite you to submit a proposal for participation in this exciting event. UAA conferences are noted as a welcoming context for perspectives from multiple disciplines. Come and explore the usual broad array of topics (see topical categories below) as well as issues raised by the conference theme such as:
Urban Redevelopment—Who decides? Who benefits?
Who are the key players involved in rebuilding efforts? What interests and values are reflected in redevelopment decisions?
Politics of Inequality and Vulnerability
How does the social (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, class), economic, and political context shape the vulnerability of particular groups in natural/human-made disasters?
Environmental Impacts and Disaster Management
The recent Gulf Coast oil spill demonstrates the potential for devastating impacts from human-made disasters. What are the environmental impacts of disasters on a city and its economy? What role do local, regional, national, and international institutions play in environmental cleanups and/or mitigation of future disasters?
What lessons can be transferred from across the globe to the rebuilding of places like New Orleans and Port au Prince?
Additional Conference Activities
Exploring the “Cultural Gumbo” and Experiencing St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans
Considered a “cultural gumbo”, New Orleans has a rich, diverse history and character. The city has been influenced by its past and current inhabitants including American Indians, English, French, Spanish, African, West Indian, Greek, Croatian, German, Italian, Cuban, Irish, Filipino, and Haitian. These influences can be seen in New Orleans’s rich architecture, art, cuisine, music, and people. The city’s provocative social and physical landscapes have captured the imaginations of great artists and literary figures. For more information about the culture and art of New Orleans please visit: http://www.neworleanscvb.com/static/index.cfm/contentID/100/sectionID/1/subsectionID/100
Conference participants will have the added pleasure of viewing the parades and celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day (March 17).
People from around the world have continued to volunteer their time, energy and resources to recovery efforts in the city. The conference will give participants an opportunity to contribute to New Orleans’s rebuilding efforts while getting a first-hand account of the issues on the ground through a variety of organized “voluntourism” projects.
Professional Development Opportunities
UAA conferences offer a number of professional development sessions. These sessions focus on topics such as: Publishing in Urban Affairs and Urban Studies; Getting Tenure…Challenges, Techniques, and Decisions; Curriculum Issues in Urban Studies Program; Urban Research Center Survival Strategies in Tough Financial Times; Surviving Graduate School and Beyond; Creating Sustainable and Livable Communities: Views from Academia; and Roundtable Discussions for Program Directors and Department Chairs.
The online (www.udel.edu/uaa) proposal submission site opens – June 1, 2010
Proposal Deadline—October 1, 2010
Proposal Decision Date: Acceptance or rejection notices will be sent by November 15, 2010.
UAA topic categories
We encourage proposals that focus on the broad array of research topics typically found at UAA conferences:
•Arts, Culture, Media
•Disaster Planning for Urban Areas, Disaster Management, Emergency Preparedness, Cities and Security
•Economic Development, Redevelopment, Tourism, Urban Economics, Urban Finance
•Education, Schools, Universities
•Environmental Issues, Sustainability, Urban Health, Technology and Society
•Globalization, International Urban Issues
•Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, Regionalism, Urban Management
•Historic Preservation, Space and Place
•Housing, Neighborhoods, Community Development
•Human/Social Services, Nonprofit Sector
•Immigration, Population and Demographic Trends
•Infrastructure, Capital Projects, Networks, Transport, Urban Services
•Labor, Employment, Wages, Training
•Land Use, Growth Management, Urban Development, Urban Planning
•Poverty, Welfare, Income Inequality
•Professional Development, The Field of Urban Affairs
•Public Safety in Urban Areas, Criminal Justice, Household Violence
•Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Diversity
•Social Capital, Democracy and Civil Society, Social Theory, Religion and the City
•Urban Design, Urban Architecture
•Urban Indicators, Data/Methods, Satisfaction/Quality of Life Surveys
•Urban Politics, Elections, Citizen Participation
•Urban Theory, Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Urban Affairs
New Orleans Web Links:
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau
New Orleans: American Experience, PBS Documentary
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Urban Affairs Association
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University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware 19716
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