Centre for URBan research (CURB) ‌


Paul Watt

Assemblage urbanism and the London housing crisis: the Focus E15 campaign encounter Deleuze and Guattari

Paul Watt, Birkbeck, University of London

Wednesday May 25th, 4pm-5.30pm. W/243


The Sociology of Contemporary Urban Life

The Sociology of Contemporary Urban Life

Thursday 16th and Friday 17th June 2016

For more informaton or to register, please visit the conference website

This two-day conference, co-organised by the Department of Sociology and the CURB (Centre for Urban Research) at University of York, is an attempt to provide a lively, open-minded forum for urban sociologists to gather and discuss the challenges of conducting the craft of urban sociology in a fragmented, hierarchical urban world, an urbanized planet where the very concept of ‘the city’—traditionally the unit of analysis for urban sociologists—faces unprecedented levels of scepticism.  The conference aims to explore the contours of contemporary urban life in a critical manner, using the urban as a common prism through which to explore links between economies, cultures, politics and aesthetics.  The conference will also begin to address the distinctive role that urban sociology has played, does play and may in the future play in the broader academic endeavour of Urban Studies. Several leading urban sociologists have already agreed to speak at this event including Fran Tonkiss, Michael Keith, Emma Jackson, Phil Hubbard, Ayona Datta, David Pinder and Richard Sennett (a public lecture). However, we also intend to run a limited number of open streams and will be considering abstracts for papers that connect empirically or theoretically with the four interconnecting themes of the event. Abstracts should be sent to both Gareth Millington (gareth.millington@york.ac.uk) and Daryl Martin (daryl.martin@york.ac.uk) by Friday 25th March please. Decisions on abstracts will be made the following week. We especially welcome contributions from early career researchers.