The Lisbon Early-Career Workshop in Urban Studies

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  • - March 26, 2020
The Urban Transitions Hub and the AESOP Young Academics Network are happy to open the call for papers for the first edition of the Lisbon Early-Career Workshop in Urban Studies, to be held on 18-20 November 2020 at ICS-ULisboa. Circa 30 PhD students and early-career scholars will have the opportunity to present and discuss their research projects and/or findings during a 3-day event organised as a space of exchange, debate and learning. 
The topic for the first edition is Urban Futures, Urban Transitions.

This workshop will be dedicated to critical approaches to the urban, urbanisation and their radically open futures, among four interlocked lines of inquiry:
- Urban futures – forward-looking approaches to urban studies;
- Urban transitions – normative approaches to urbanisation and sustainable development;
- Urban imaginaries – visions, fictions and imaginations of the urban (in) transition;
- Urban flows – explorations of movements of people, goods, ideas and policies.
We invite submissions from any discipline in the social sciences and humanities, as well as those adopting inter- and trans-disciplinary perspectives. As the main goal of the workshop is to offer a space for discussion and improvement of ongoing research, we will privilege papers considering theoretical questions and development, preliminary analyses of empirical findings and reflections on epistemological/methodological dimensions – or a mix of two or more of these approaches.

The workshop will be composed of:
 Plenary keynote sessions with following interactive debate;
 Breakout parallel sessions – divided in groups, participants will present their paper (~20 min) and ‘defend’ it from comments by a mentor and other participants (~40 min.);
 Q&A on strategies and tips for academic publishing, and post-PhD challenges;
 Wrap-up session with discussion on lessons learned;
 Field visit: Lisbon (in) transition.

Who can attend the workshop
The workshop is open to PhD students and early-career scholars in the fields of urban studies, planning and geography, and all the social sciences and humanities with an interest on urban matters and urbanisation.
A minimum of 8 seats will be reserved to members of the AESOP Young Academics, please mention in your motivation letter whether you are a member (registration to the YAs is free and open to all early-career scholars).
The workshop is awaiting recognition as ‘winter school’ at ICS-ULisboa, with possibility for the participants of being awarded 3 ECTS.

Keynote speakers:
 Ela Babalik-Sutcliffe – Middle East Technical University, Ankara
 Gareth Millington – University of York

Local mentors:
 Marco Allegra – ICS-ULisboa
 Olivia Bina – ICS-ULisboa
 Roberto Falanga – ICS-ULisboa
 Andy Inch – University of Sheffield and ICS-ULisboa
 Andrea Pavoni – Dinâmia’CET-IUL

Organising and scientific committee:
Simone Tulumello (ICS-ULisboa)
Mariana Liz (ICS-ULisboa)
Carolina Henriques (Dinâmia’CET-IUL)
Joana Catela (independent researcher)
Rozana Darwich (University Paris Sorbonne and AESOP YAs)

Deadlines and key dates:
Applications open from 15 February 2020 to 30 March 2020.
Send an abstract for your presentation (max 500 words) and a short letter of motivation to and
Decisions will be sent by 30 April 2020.
Registration by 15 June 2020.
Submission of the full paper (to be distributed among participants) by 15 September 2020.
Registration fee: 200€ (the organising committee is actively seeking for funding, with the goal to either reduce fees or provide some bursaries).

For further information, please refer to the event page: