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    International Conference on London Studies: "Visions and Revisions of the Metropolis"

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    Category urban studies; humanities and social sciences; anthropology

    Deadline: August 31, 2020 | Date: November 21, 2020-November 22, 2020

    Venue/Country: Online, U.K.

    Updated: 2020-08-01 17:48:35 (GMT+9)

    Call For Papers - CFP

    Since its beginnings, London has been regarded as the epitome of progress and advancement even in times of profound crisis and discord, exerting the charm of the vast setting that concentrates most, if not all, human experiences. From ancient Londinium to the 21st-century metropolis, the ever expanding urban settlement has emerged as a complex heterogeneous entity forging a particular code of conduct governed by imagination and originality, talent and vision that generate almost endless significations of the self.

    The conference will explore the particular spirit of the English conurbation, one of the most influential cities in the world, aiming to identify some of the features that make up its distinctive personality. It will promote an interdisciplinary perspective on the various issues related to the process of making London into a powerful centre of social, political, economic, scientific, cultural, artistic and literary authority. The conference will also focus on the distinctive symbolism of the city and the particular states of mind generated by the interaction with the insular megalopolis, and the way in which people - Londoners either by birth or adoption, as well as temporary residents and transient visitors - translate geographically recognisable sites into culturally constructed places.

    The main objective of the event is to bring together all those interested in examining the intersections between their professions and/or interests and some distinct aspects of metropolitan life, providing an integrated approach for the understanding of London’s complex nature as a physical space, a geographic place and a concept: an unpredictable and yet permanent city state, a global hub of learning, knowledge, leisure and creative industries, a state of mind and a lifestyle marked by cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism.

    Topics include but are not limited to several core issues:

    London ages: from prehistory to the 21st century

    London and the rest of Britain

    myths, legends and tales of the city

    iconic symbols and landmarks

    green spaces and landscapes

    heritage, culture and the arts

    gentrification and displacement

    the city and its people

    what is a Londoner?

    urban space and gender

    the language(s) of the city

    narrative and identity

    artistic representations of London

    metropolitan power and subversion

    utopian/dystopian perceptions of the metropolis

    urban extremes and mainstreams

    walking in and around the city

    old and new secrets of the city

    love and death in London

    fun in London, funny London

    the senses of London

    the alternative metropolis

    fictions and futures of the city

    post-Brexit London

    the Thames and the lost rivers of London

    Paper proposals up to 250 words should be sent to: by 31 August 2020. Please download paper proposal form.

    Presented papers will be published in a post-conference volume.

    Registration fee – 90 GBP

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