Cultural Pluralism in Cities of the Global South Conference

March 20, 2019 – March 21, 2019 all-day Europe/Rome Timezone
Villa Schifanoia
Via Giovanni Boccaccio
121, 50133 Firenze FI
Ana Maria Dicu

Call for Papers

Organised by: Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou, European University Institute, Florence, Italy | Prof. Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, Boston, USA | Dr. Jeremie Molho | Dr. Nick Dines

We invite submissions of papers for the Cultural Pluralism in Cities of the Global South conference. This conference focuses on cities that are emerging (or striving to emerge) as regional centres of power in the Global South. We focus on capital cities and major urban centres in Asian, African, and Latin American countries at different stages of the nation building process. We ask what terms like ‘urban’, ‘diversity’, and ‘cultural pluralism’, actually mean in these contexts. We do so by adopting a critical approach that questions official discourse, documents and policy programmes and compares them to how relevant stakeholders understand the ‘city’, the ‘nation’, and ‘the global’.  We want to unpack the power relations within the city and the ways in which the city projects itself beyond the national scale and positions itself both at a wider regional level and within global cultural hierarchies.

Before application, please consult the Cultural Pluralism in Cities of the Global South – Call for Papers for further information.

The conference will take place on 20-22 March 2019, at the European University Institute, in Florence, Italy.

The conference includes selected speakers that will cover some of these cases but we also invite interested researchers to submit a paper proposal (1000 words) outlining the scope of the paper, its methodology and its (expected) results, along with a short biographical note (500 words) to and by 25 September 2018. We are interested in papers that explore individual or comparative case studies of cities in the global south and which critically engage with cultural policy and cultural pluralism at the urban scale.

Selected participants will be notified by mid-late October 2018. We have a limited number of travel grants to cover for the participation of scholars from countries outside Europe and North America.


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