Symposium Announcement: What Is the Urban? Registers of a World Interior

Details of a conference in Iowa early next year with a very impressive line-up of speakers.

machines of urbanization

Joseph Paxton Great Victorian Way 1855 Joseph Paxton, Great Victorian Way, 1855

Iowa State University, Center for Excellence in Arts and Humanities (CEAH) Symposium, April 4-5, 2016. Full details and free registration at

What Is the Urban? Registers of a World Interior

The urban, long a popular topic of inquiry, has become an unavoidable condition for contemporary life. For many disciplines, it has become a primary locus of research. Disciplines as varied as sociology, anthropology, geography, literature, art, design, economics, history and politics increasingly find themselves in contact with and shaped by the urban. And as more and more spaces of the world are urbanized, the ubiquity of this category as a site of scholarly research could be said to rest on the urgency we face in accommodating ourselves to its contradictions, imposed forms of violence, and the environmental fallout it has unleashed. From all scales, we encounter the urban, too: popularized notions like the…

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