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Planum Events 05.2014 </br> CUI 2014 Contemporary Urban Issues Conference

13 November 2014 – 15 November 2014

CUI 2014
Contemporary Urban Issue Conference
Informality: Rethinking the Urban 2014

Istanbul, Turkey
• DAKAM | 
Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center

The International Contemporary Urban Issues Conference is aiming at fostering discussions of theory and research on urban issues by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center). Focusing on a multidimensional urban phenomenon, this international conference aims to deepen the understanding of informality by opening it to discussion with contributions from various disciplines like architecture, urban planning, sociology, history, economy and anthropology. DAKAM’s CUI 2014 symposium offers a platform for specialists and young academics to interact and share knowledge with non-governmental organizations, businesses and policy makers, as well as fellow researchers. These academic activities serve to bring the gap between research and practice, expanding the opportunities for positive cross-sectoral collaborations in response to the challenging realities of cities in the 21st century.

The Conference is held at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts. 


Emergence of informality as a concept in scholarly discussions can be traced back to the 1970s when “the informal sector” was first used by ILO reports on employment and poverty. The results of the global economic restructuring -such as the flexibilization of production and employment relations, deterioration of collective responsibility and welfare functions of the state- damage the security of urban poor in terms of housing and working. Meanwhile, recent socio economic public policies seem to intensify the condition of informality. Now, it is widely accepted that informal way of living is a necessity for the urban poor as a survival strategy. Hence, informal work and housing constitute a significant proportion of urban economies and policies.
What is new in the neo-liberal age is the extending scope of informality. Today, the boundary between the formal and informal is blurred more than before since most urbanites, including the middle classes, experience both formal and informal encounters in their everyday life. Besides, even the urban rich contribute to informality by the development projects on the invaded peripheral land. Consequently, contemporary informality affects not just a marginal segment of the society but a majority of people living in urban space.

• Track 01: Rethinking Informality
• Track 02: Policy Matters and Political Transformations
• Track 03: Economy, Inequality and Urban space
• Track 04: Locality, Planning and Local Administrations
• Track 05: Ecology and Urban Studies 

There are three participation categories:

1. In-person participation: 
Regular conference presentation, the participants attend personally.
2. Virtual presentation: 
If you are unable to attend the conference in-person you can submit a PowerPoint presentation with voice-over (optional) or a video before the conference.
3. Poster presentation:  
If you are unable to attend the conference in-person your poster will be exhibited in the exhibition hall of the conference venue during the conference. 

Abstract must be submitted online:
• In-person presentation: Text upload: max. 600 words, plus images.
• Virtual presentation: Text upload: max. 400 words, plus images.
• Poster presentation: Image upload: jpg file (not necessarily the final version).

01.08.2014 | Deadline for submission of abstracts
03.10.2014 | 
Final date for registration
10.10.2014 | 
Deadline for full papers submission 

Assistant Professor Dr.A.Erdem ERBAŞ, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
Assistant Professor Dr.Ebru FİRİDİN ÖZGÜR, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
Assistant Professor Besime ŞEN, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
Assistant Professor Murat Cemal Yalçıntan, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

CUI Conference website
0212.252.16 00 / 277 

Event schedule:

  • Start: 11-13-2014
  • End: 11-15-2014.