Call for abstracts

We invite contributors to engage with the theme or Region from a variety of disciplines including architecture and design, urbanism, literature, the arts and film, anthropology, sociology, philosophy and geography.

We welcome proposals for research papers and interactive workshops, as well as other kinds of contributions across diverse media, such as performance, film, game, poster or exhibit.

We are especially keen to receive and discuss proposals that give us the opportunity engage in creative research collaborations during the conference itself.

If you wish to present a research paper or some other form of individual contribution, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words.

If you wish to coordinate a workshop or some other form of interactive or creative activity, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words indicating how you propose to set up and manage the session, the number and role of participants, and what the resource implications might be. Please be mindful that this will be a virtual/online conference.

The deadline has passed but we are still open to considering late abstracts. Please feel free to submit via Easychair or contact us directly to discuss.

The submission link is through EasyChair.

If you need any further information, or wish to discuss a proposal, please contact us:

Confirmed keynotes

  • Carolyn Steel: Architect and Author of Hungry City (2008) and Sitopia (2020)
  • Abdoumaliq Simone: Urbanist and Senior Professorial Fellow, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield
  • Dana Buntrock: Architect and Professor, Dept. of Architecture, UC Berkeley
  • Andrew Freear: Architect and Professor, SAPLA, Auburn University; Director of Rural Studio
  • Xu Tiantian: Architect and Founding Principal of DnA_Design and Architecture 
  • Nikos Katsikis: Architect and Assistant Professor, TU Delft

Potential sub-themes

Below are a series of suggestions around the broader theme of Region, but we invite contributors to think creatively and not to be limited by them.

Crafted Regions

  • Craft, tradition and the contemporary vernacular
  • Heritage: industries and anthropologies
  • Regional style and typologies

Networked Regions

  • Sustainability, infrastructure and distribution
  • Ekistics, metabolism and planetary urbanism
  • Spatial analytics and new cartographies

Political Regions

  • Regional retreats and communes: Die Brücke to Drop City
  • Borders, conflicts and resistances
  • Portable regions: identity and migration

Future Regions

  • Uninhabited hinterlands, robotized regions
  • Archipelago cities and megalopolises
  • Extremes: depths, altitudes, terraforming