Open Call: Philosophy of the City

  • University of Hong Kong, November 6-7
  • Portland State University, November 21-22
  • Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, December 3-4

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Philosophy of the City has emerged as an international movement. To facilitate global discussions, this conference series aims to establish new channels for dialogue.

Presentations can be in any area of philosophy of the city. Interdisciplinary approaches and neighboring disciplines are welcome. Each conference will feature sessions dedicated to addressing the challenges for ecology, technology, and democracy in current and future cites. At each conference, philosophers will engage in trans-disciplinary discussions with urban planners during special roundtable sessions.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Tensions between political authority and community autonomy
  • Architectural preservation and sustainable buildings
  • The city and social protest
  • Alternatives to gentrification
  • Smart cities, ecological considerations and human flourishing
  • Participatory approaches to budgeting, planning, and environmental regulations
  • Urban food sovereignty
  • Contributions from the history of philosophy to the city’s future
  • Big data and the public good
  • Immigration and citizenship
  • Graffiti and street art
  • New forms of municipal democracy
  • Is housing a public good?
  • Segregation/white flight vs. gentrification/white reterritorialization
  • Securing the city: rethinking police protocols and motivations
  • Ethical measurements: the morality of urban metrics
  • Democratic control of infrastructure
  • Zoning, land-use policy, and the rights of nature
  • Future cities: eco-villages, megacities, or both?
  • Megacities, complexity and justice
  • The quality of local democracy
  • Street harassment; Gender and Public Space
  • The right to a wired city

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Conference organizing committee: Brian Elliott, Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Luis Ruben Diaz, and Shane Epting and brought to you by the Philosophy of the City Research Group


Send abstracts to Shane Epting at by May 31, 2015. Include the city of your choice in the subject line. For submissions in Spanish for Mexico City, send emails to Luis Diaz at the same email address above.

Confirmed Speakers

Hong Kong Keynote Speaker: Daniel A. Bell (Tsinghua University)

Portland Keynote Speaker: Ingrid Leman Stefanovic (Simon Fraser University)
– featuring an invited talk by Robert M. Figueroa (Oregon State University)

Mexico City Keynote Speaker: Lewis Gordon (University of Connecticut)

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