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Planum Events 09.2013 </br> Urban Affairs Association </br> 44th Annual Conference

19 March 2014 – 22 April 2014

UAA Urban Affairs Association
44th Annual Conference
'Borders and Boundaries
in an Age of Global Urbanization'

San Antonio, Texas, USA
DEADLINE: 01.10.2013
UAA - Urban Affairs Association

2014 Theme | Borders and Boundaries in an Age of Global Urbanization
Urban areas have grown at an unprecedented rate in the last decade. More of the world's population now lives in cities than in any other context. International trade, capital investment and divestment, migration, and porous economic, social and political boundaries fuel this global urbanization. Enormous governance challenges result for megacities and fast‐growing urban centers due to in‐migration and other trends, particularly in the global south. The conference site, San Antonio, is a global city with a population of approximately 1.3 million, in a significant border region with boundaries that defy simple conceptualizations. It is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and one of its most ethnically diverse, with almost 70 percent of its native and immigrant residents being of Hispanic descent. It provides a particularly apt setting to explore borders and boundaries and how they shape urban affairs in the 21st Century.

Global Urbanization
What have been the outcomes and impact of invented social, political, and economic tools and processes that have helped fueled global urbanization? What have been some positive effects of global urbanization? Who benefits and loses in the age of global urbanization?
Borders and Boundaries
How are borders and boundaries uniquely defined in the urban context? Where are borders located and how are they socially constructed? How have they evolved? What are the consequences of immigration policies and processes in the formation and transformation of social categories (race, ethnicity, gender, etc.)? What are the implications of the constructed social boundaries? Which groups are granted access? Which groups are denied access?
Governance Challenges for Megacities and Fast Growing Urban Centers
In light of mounting economic, political, and environmental crises, what innovative solutions have been employed by those charged with the governance of megacities and fast growing urban centers?
• Governance Challenges for Megacities and Fast Growing Urban Centers
What have been some interesting and innovative partnerships and collaborations that have addressed prevailing 21st century social and economic disparities in urban city centers? What have been some unique collaborative efforts undertaken to help foster sustainable and equitable urban development? 

• Urban Issues in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean
The Central America, South America, and Caribbean region has been marked by urbanization, governance/political challenges, poverty, income equality, growth of low-income settlements, as well as political, fiscal, social and cultural barriers to interventions. In response to these challenges, innovative policies and experiments have been launched in metropolitan governance, coordinated urban-rural development, regional planning, new town development, sustainable and carbon-neutral urbanization, and other proposed solutions to urban problems.
What have been the lessons and outcomes of these mixed initiatives and experiments?
How have nations and regions sought to create sustainable and equitable urban development in the Central & South American and Caribbean region?

In keeping with the tradition of UAA Annual Meetings, we encourage proposals that focus on an array of research topics including:    
• Arts, Culture in Urban Contexts
• Disaster Planning/Disaster Management for Urban Areas, Cities and National Security
• Economic Development, Redevelopment, Tourism, Urban Economics, Urban Finance
• Education, Schools, Higher Education Institutions
• Environmental Issues, Sustainability, Urban Health, Technology and Society
• Globalization, Multi-national Urban Issues
• Governance, Intergovernmental Relations, Regionalism, Urban Management
• Historic Preservation, Space and Place
• Historical Perspectives on Cities, Urban Areas
• Housing, Neighborhoods, Community Development
• Human Services and Urban Populations, Nonprofit/Voluntary Sector in Urban Contexts
• Immigration, Population and Demographic Trends
• Infrastructure, Capital Projects, Networks, Transport, Urban Services
• Labor, Employment, Wages, Training
• Land Use, Growth Management, Urban Development, Urban Planning
• Poverty, Welfare, Income Inequality
• Professional Development, The Field of Urban Affairs
• Public Safety in Urban Areas, Criminal Justice, Household Violence
• Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Diversity
• Social Capital, Democracy and Civil Society, Social Theory, Religion and the City
• Urban Communication (Urban Media Roles, Urban Journalism, Social Media/Technology in Urban Life)
• Urban Design, Urban Architecture
• Urban Indicators, Data/Methods, Satisfaction/Quality of Life Surveys
• Urban Politics, Elections, Citizen Participation
• Urban Theory, Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Urban Affairs
• SPECIAL TRACK: Urban Issues in Central & South America and the Caribbean

A proposal can be submitted through the UAA website (starting June 1, 2013) for a: 

Research paper presentation (proposal requires an abstract) OR
•  Pre-organized panel (proposal requires a group of 4‐5 paper abstracts with moderator) OR
•  Pre-organized colloquy session (proposal requires theme statement & names of 4‐5 formal discussants) OR
•  Breakfast roundtable (proposal requires theme statement & names of 1‐2 conveners) 
•  Poster (proposal requires an abstract) 

Participation Policy
• NEW! Individuals are limited to participating (as a presenter or moderator) in one (1) conference session.
A conference session is defined as: a panel, a colloquy, a poster display, or a breakfast roundtable.
There is no limit to the number of papers/posters for which you are a co‐author. But, you cannot be scheduled to participate in more than one session. Do not agree to participate in more than one session.
• Policy exception: persons who are asked to play a service role (e.g., plenary speaker, professional development session speaker) for UAA can participate in one additional session. 
• NEW!  After October 1, 2013, UAA will only accept proposals for the poster option.

01.10.2013 | Abstract or Session Proposal submission deadline
18.11.2013 | Acceptance or rejection notices
06.01.2014 | Early registration deadline
01.02.2014 | Late registration deadline (your paper may be removed from the program if you fail to register by date)
20.02.2014 | Hotel reservation deadiline
03.03.2014 | Paper Submission Deadline

Local Host | University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
• Heywood Sanders | Committee Chair
• Chris Reddick | Chair ‐ UTSA Public Administration
• Francine Romero | Assoc. Dean‐UTSA College of Public Policy
• Ivy Taylor | Public Administration

• Gordana Rabrenovic | Chair, Northeastern University
• Roland Anglin | Rutgers University
• Robert Chaskin | University of Chicago
• Cecilia Giusti | Texas A&M University
• Deidre Oakley | Georgia State University

• Urban Affairs Association (c/o Urban Studies Program)
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
• Urban Affairs Association web-site | 43rd UAA Conference page | Submit proposal | E-mail


Event schedule:

  • Start: 03-19-2014
  • End: 04-22-2014.
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