UHPH Conference 2016 Call for abstracts now open: deadline 31 March 2015

Proposals are welcome for the 13th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference (UHPH) to be hosted by Griffith University and held on the Gold Coast, Queensland between Sunday 31 January – Wednesday 3 February 2016.

Conference Theme

Icons: The making, meaning and undoing of urban icons and iconic cities

The use of icons (projects, places, plans, people and/or practices) to tell stories of urban environments is longstanding. The stories which these icons produce tell us something about ourselves and our everyday urban lives, as well as the social, environmental, economic, political and cultural context of urban environments. They can also prompt questions about the histories and realities of the icons themselves. Moreover, cities increasingly strive for distinctiveness of some kind in an increasingly globalised world. This distinctiveness is frequently achieved through the making of new urban icons, visual, tangible, imaginary and or real. The striving for iconic status can be problematic when it marginalises and polarises people and ways of being. Meanings can also be ascribed which have little relevance to the wider urban context.

This conference offers a special opportunity to explore these histories of iconographies – past, present, prospective. Suggested sub themes relate to the histories and/or planning of the following in urban and regional settings:

  1. New critical appreciations of neglected and established urban icons and icon-making processes.
  2. Planning and development of hard and soft infrastructures, including monuments, buildings, streetscapes, precincts, landscapes, plans and projects, branding etc.
  3. The import/export of iconic ideas.
  4. The environmental impact of urban icons.
  5. Dealing with the heritage of icons (cultural, natural, indigenous).

Papers should be based on original research and may focus on one or a combination of sub themes. In addition, proposals related to other aspects of urban and planning history, in and of relevance to Australia/New Zealand, are welcome. Full papers will be peer reviewed for publication in the conference proceedings. You are required to register and attend the conference for your paper to be published in the proceedings.

The Gold Coast provides a perfect example of an environment with a history constructed around the creation and representations of iconic forms. It has striven for ‘iconic’ status through adaptation from places such as Florida and California. It has sought hallmark events like the Commonwealth Games to be held in 2018. Its current light rail project emulates the global turn to sustainable transport infrastructure. And there are less glamorous stories below the glittering surface.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by 31 March 2015.

Abstracts are to be submitted on the attached abstract template and emailed to Caryl Bosman: c.bosman@griffith.edu.au

Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers (4000 words text max) for publication in the peer reviewed conference proceedings.

A conference website with further information will be available soon.

Hosted by: Griffith University, Urban Research Program

Conference Convenors: Dr Caryl Bosman, Dr Aysin Dedekorkut–Howes and Paul Burton

Please contact Caryl Bosman on c.bosman@griffith.edu.au

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EAUH 2016 Helsinki – Reinterpreting Cities


The 13th International Conference on Urban History ‘Reinterpreting Cities’ will take place in Helsinki from the 24th to the 27th of August 2016.

The call for session proposals is now open until March 1, 2015. Proposals can be submitted on the website https://eauh2016.net/ – and session organisers will be notified of decisions regarding acceptance in May 2015.

The European Association for Urban History encourages cross-disciplinary and international research on urban history. Therefore the Association invites you to submit sessions that are as comparative and interdisciplinary as possible. Furthermore, we give priority to sessions, which are co-organised by scholars from different countries.

CFP 12th International Conference on Urban History, Lisbon 2014

The Call for Papers for the 12th International Conference on Urban History “Cities in Europe, Cities in the World” is now open. The online submission form can be found at
http://www.eauh2014.fcsh.unl.pt until 15 October 2013. After this deadline, session coordinators will make a selection of accepted proposals and authors will be notified about their decision by 15 December 2013.

12th International Conference on Urban History: Lisbon 2014

You are warmly invited to take part in the 12th International Conference on Urban History, ‘Cities in Europe, Cities in the World’, which will take place in Lisbon from 3 till 6 September 2014.

Session proposals should be submitted from 1 December 2012 until 1 March 2013. Instructions for the submission of sessions will be available on the website: www.eauh2014.fcsh.unl.pt. In April 2013 session organizers will be informed if their session has been accepted.


The European Association for Urban History encourages cross-disciplinary and international research on urban history. Therefore the Association invites submissions that are as comparative and interdisciplinary as possible. Priority will be given to sessions, co-organised by scholars from different universities /countries.

CFP: From the Ground Up

People and Place in Sydney’s Past

Dixson Room, State Library of NSW, 23-24 August 2012

Keynote speaker: Grace Karskens

By bringing together academics, postgraduate students and professional historians engaged with the history of Sydney and its suburbs, ‘From the Ground Up’ offers an opportunity to explore the complexity of the city’s past, and to consider how we might rethink the history of cities, and Sydney in particular.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University, the State Library of New South Wales and the Dictionary of Sydney.

Conference website

CFP: Place and Displacement

Victoria University, City Flinders Campus, 300 Flinders Street, MELBOURNE, 21st – 23rd NOVEMBER 2012

This conference aims to unite students and academics focusing on research related to notions of place and displacement and other stakeholders. It will also serve as platform to promote collaboration on topics of interest between academics and foster relationships between academics and the wider community. Most importantly, more light will be shed on the relevance of such research areas and their importance for local, as well as global communities.

Call for papers: Place & Displacement announcement Mar 2012

Conference flyer:    Place & Displacement flyer