Archive: Maggio, 2013

• Planning/conflict – cities and citizenship in times of crisis

International research conference: planning / conflict – cities and citizenship in times of crisis
Lisbon, October 9-11, 2013
The second international research conference of the AESOP Planning/Conflict thematic group is hosted by the Instituto de Ciências Sociais – Universidade de Lisboa (ICS-UL) in partnership with the Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (CIES-IUL) and sponsored by the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).
This conference aims at bringing together different perspectives on conflicts around urban planned developments, with a focus on the role planning practices may play both in defining/framing and in possibly solving/reframing conflicts. This event builds on the experience of the conference “planning/conflict – critical perspectives on contentious urban developments” held at TU Berlin in October 2011.
The conference invites contributions focusing on (although not necessarily limited to):
*  the changing features of urban development policies and their impacts on local societies and communities;
*  the changing nature of urban planning practices and their influence on public opinion formation, including forms of protest and social mobilization in opposition to planned developments;
*  the effectiveness and legitimacy of established planning practices in responding to protest and social mobilization and in dealing with possibly resulting conflicts;
*  the transformative potential that may be entailed in reflexively addressing protest and social mobilization and in dealing with conflicts;
*  the potential integrative and innovative contribution of political agonism and social conflict to the democratization of urban policy and planning.
Abstracts (in English, max 500 words) and a brief biographic note of the author(s) (English, max 200 words) should be sent to:
Key Dates
June 15th – Deadline for the submission of abstracts.
June 30th – Notification of acceptance
September 1st – Deadline for the submission of full papers.
For more information visit:
Contact the organizers at:

• ACME Call for New Editors

ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographers


Call for New Editors


The ACME Editorial Collective would like to invite applications from those interested in being part of the Editorial Collective.  We are particularly looking for a German editor, a Spanish editor and up to two Canadian based editors (who can also be German/Spanish editors).


ACME has been running for eleven years and publishes papers in German, English, Spanish, Italian and French (see  The journal’s purpose is to provide a forum for the publication of critical work about space in the social sciences ‹ including  anarchist, anti-racist, environmentalist, feminist, Marxist,  non-representational, postcolonial, poststructuralist, queer, situationist and socialist perspectives. Analyses that are critical are understood to be part of the praxis of social and political change aimed at challenging, dismantling, and transforming prevalent relations, systems, and structures of exploitation, oppression, imperialism, neoliberalism, national aggression, and environmental destruction.


This role involves directing the shape of the journal, as well as editorial duties to see manuscripts through to publication (including deciding on reviewers, making decisions on manuscript acceptance, editing final articles).


In order to apply, please send a one-page covering letter and a full CV. The covering letter should outline why you would like to join the Editorial Collective and what you feel that you would contribute to this post.


Deadline for

applications is: September 23rd 2013. Please send your applications to Kath Browne (

• Fully funded ESRC PhD Studentship

**The role of prison architecture and aesthetics in the relationship between prisons and host communities.**
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES), University of Birmingham, UK
Supervisors: Dr Dominique Moran, Senior Lecturer in Human and Carceral Geography (GEES) and (externally) Prof. Yvonne Jewkes (Department of Criminology, University of Leicester).
Applications are invited for the above studentship commencing 1st January 2014. This is an ESRC-funded grant-linked studentship which provides a stipend of £13,726 p.a. plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for up to three years (full-time only). Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open to UK and EU applicants only.
About the main project and grant-linked studentship:
The UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have made an award for a research project entitled “‘Fear-suffused environments’ or potential to rehabilitate? Prison architecture, design and technology and the lived experience of carceral spaces”. The project investigators, Professor Yvonne Jewkes (University of Leicester, UK) and Dr Dominique Moran (University of Birmingham, UK), will be addressing two over-arching questions – how are penal aims and philosophies (that is, what prison is ‘for’) expressed in prison architecture and design, and how effective is prison architecture, design and technology (ADT) in conveying and delivering that penal purpose? The study seeks to meet its objectives by (a) studying the process of designing new prison buildings in order to understand what it is that architects are asked to deliver and how they achieve this, and (b) studying ADT’s impacts and effects on a range of end users, focusing on the experience of occupying and moving in and around prison spaces, in relation to prisoners’ quality of life and wellbeing, perceptions of penal legitimacy, compliance with the regime, prisoner-staff relations, staff work satisfaction and so on. The project will focus on two newly built UK prisons, and contrast these with two prisons in Norway and Denmark, where penal philosophies differ greatly from those in the UK.
The grant-linked studentship
The main research project asks what impact the architecture, design, and spatial organization of prisons has on the experience of imprisonment, on the behaviour of those who occupy and move through carceral spaces, and on staff-prisoner and staff-management relationships. The PhD studentship extends the reach of this question to a new and different group – members of local communities which surround prisons. It is premised on a understanding that, despite the wealth of research on local responses to proposed prison building projects, the impact of prisons on local economic development, and the “NIMBY” response, the specific impact of prison architecture and aesthetics on those who live within the immediate vicinity of prisons is not known.
Context and Research Design
The studentship will draw upon existing research within both criminology and carceral geography on prison siting and the relationships between prisons and local communities. Although this literature has tended to focus on the traditional opposition of communities to location of prisons close by, (based on local residents’ concerns that a prison may lower property values, increase levels of crime, endanger their safety through escapes, attract ‘undesirable’ elements and damage the reputation of the area), there is increasingly an alternative perspective, of the generation of ‘profit through punishment’. In more recent work, demand for the building of prisons to stimulate local economic development and employment has been identified, especially on the part of small rural towns in the United States, with a shift towards policymakers actively locating prisons in ‘lagging’ communities. This recent work has drawn attention to the lack of structural economic change in persistently poor rural places, and prison facilities’ inability to foster economy-wide change in terms of serving as an economic development initiative. However, in focusing on structural economic change associated with prison siting, it has been unable to tackle questions about the response of local communities to the aesthetic appearance of the prisons themselves, and the importance of prison architecture in the ‘acceptance’ of prison siting close to existing communities. There are grounds to suggest that the aesthetic appearance of prisons is of considerable, yet under-explored, importance for local residents.
The PhD studentship will build upon existing work by contributing to the growing international debate on prison siting using examples from the UK context, and it will complement the main project by investigating the architectural consequences of the transformations in UK prison architecture on the communities which surround prisons.
Career development
Given the interdisciplinary nature of the main project, and of the supervisory team for the PhD project, along with postgraduate training in research methods and transferable and employable skills, this PhD studentship would enable the successful candidate to build an academic and professional CV which would enable them to pursue an academic research career in a range of disciplinary areas. There would be opportunities for joint publication with the supervisory team of main project co-I and PI, as well as opportunities to develop networking skills through participation in dissemination and impact activities, and to contribute to the main project website,, as appropriate. At Birmingham, the successful candidate would join a thriving Postgraduate Research community in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and would be part of the Birmingham Community and Criminal Justice Group – the University’s very wide-ranging criminology scholarship network.
Applicants will have a good first degree in a relevant social science discipline. An MSc/MA postgraduate degree in a related field is also highly desirable. Applicants should have excellent oral and written presentation skills, and experience with qualitative research methods.
The closing date for applications is 30th September 2013. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, to take place soon after the closing date for applications.
To apply, please contact Dr Dominique Moran (

• Political Geography Undergraduate Student Paper Competition

Description: The undergraduate student paper award will go to the best paper on a political geography topic written by an undergraduate student, regardless of membership in the AAG or participation at the Annual Meetings. Papers submitted for awards to other AAG-affiliated organizations are not eligible. This competition is open to all undergraduate students who have written a research paper or senior thesis on a topic in political geography.
Guidelines are as follows:
1. The competition is open to all undergraduate students, or those who have completed an undergraduate degree since the last award has been made.
2. The entries must be research papers or theses, and not reviews. Papers must be longer than 10 double-spaced pages plus bibliography, but less than 15 pages plus bibliography. Margins must be 1” on all sides and 12 point font must be used.
3. Entries must be on a topic in political geography.
4. Each university may only submit one undergraduate paper or thesis for consideration.
5. Electronic copies of papers must be received by all three members of the PGSG’s Undergraduate Student Paper Award Committee Chair by June 15, 2013 to be included in that year’s competition. These submissions should be made by the student’s advisor or the department chair, which will indicate that the submission is the department’s chosen applicant (see #4 above).
6. Submissions will be judged on their written clarity, methodological and theoretical soundness, and their contributions to research in political geography.
7. All monetary prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Undergraduate Student Paper Award Committee.

A. Up to three Honorable Mention awards will be given (award of $50 each).

B. The winner of the Award will receive $100.

C. If no acceptable entries are made the committee can decide to not give the award in any given year.
8. The results of the Student Paper Award competitions will be announced in the fall PGSG newsletter. The awards will be formally announced at the PGSG business meeting and the cash awards and registration reimbursement will be distributed to the awardees at that time. The awardees’ names and paper titles will be forwarded to the AAG for publication in the AAG Newsletter.
9. Any questions pertaining to eligibility will be resolved by the Undergraduate Student Paper Award Committee.
Undergraduate Paper Award Committee:
Mat Coleman, Committee Chair, Ohio State University,

Weronika Kusek, Kent State University,
Vincent Artman, University of Kansas,

• 2014 Eric Wolf Prize

Announcement for the 2014 Eric Wolf Prize

The Political Ecology Society (PESO) announces the 2014 Eric Wolf Prize for thebest article-length paper.  We seek papers based in substantive field research that make an innovative contribution to Political Ecology.  To be eligible for the competition, scholars must be ABD or have received their Ph.D. within the three years prior to publication of this announcement.  A cash prize of $500 accompanies the award, which will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. The paper will be published in the Journal of Political Ecology; the prize reviewers may suggest revisions before the item is published.

The preferred format for papers is electronic.  (But, please contact us, if you need to send in some other format.)  Please use the style guidelines provided on the Journal of Political Ecology webpage: 
Electronic copies should be sent to Dr. Betsy Taylor (
The deadline for submission is September 1 2013.


• Border Art Technology

(En Français ci-après – French follows)
In the frame of the antiAtlas of borders,  a call for proposals is launched for an exhibition at La compagnie in Marseille, from December 13, 2013 to March 1rst, 2014.
The curator and the artistic and scientific committee are looking for various proposals (artworks, net. Art, photo, video, testimonies, documentaries, video games…) expressing different ways to experience borders. Proposals from migrants, professionals and artists are welcome, in order to contribute to prepare a resolutely participatory exhibition.
The antiAtlas of borders is a transdisciplinary event that will take place between September, 30, 2013 and March, 1rst, 2014. Bypassing cartography, at the crossroads of research and art, it offers a new approach of the mutations of borders and on the way they are experienced by people in the 21st century. The antiAtlas is an outcome of the transdisciplinary research project led by IMéRA (Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées – Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Research) on the mutations of contemporary territorial configurations (2011-2013). By bringing together artists, human scientists, hard scientists and professionals, it aims to decompartmentalize fields of knowledge.
The antiAtlas will relies on five different supports:
1 : an international symposium open to researchers, artists, institutional actors, and to the public at large. It will take place in Aix en Provence, from the 30th of September to the 2d of October 2013)
2 : a first art-science exhibition at the Musée des Tapisseries in Aix en Provence (from 1rst October to 3 November 2013)
3 : a second art-science exhibition at La Compagnie, a place dedicated creation and art in Marseille (from 13 December 2013 to 1srt mars 2014)
4 : an artistic and scientific web site that will complete and perpetuate the work done and presented through the research program and the two exhibitions
5 : an art science printed volume (winter 2014)
The call for proposals is opened in order to select original productions for the exhibition that will take place at la Compagnie, from 13 December 2013 to 1rst March 2014. Because of its transdisciplinary nature, the antiAtlas of Borders offers multiple levels of involvement and participation. Visitors will engage with a variety of transmedia applications within a space punctuated with interactive sculptures, installations and videos. This playful exhibition will stimulate the public through the interaction with robots, drones and video games. This is an exhibition to engage with: try it yourself!
The curator and the artistic and scientific committee are looking for various proposals (artworks, net. Art, photo, video, testimonies, documentaries, video games …) showing different ways to experience the borders. Proposals from migrants, professionals and artists are welcome, in order to contribute to prepare a resolutely participatory exhibition.
Composition of the jury
The proposals will be selected by a scientific and artistic committee:
Isabelle ARVERS (art curator specialized in web art)
Cédric PARIZOT (Anthropologist, coordinator of the research program antiAtlas, IMéRA, IREMAM, CNRS, Aix Marseille University),
Jean CRISTOFOL (Philosopher, ESAA, Aix en Provence),
Anne-Laure AMILHAT-SZARY (Geographer, University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble), representing the European research program Euroborderspaces (7e PCRD)
Paul Emmanuel ODIN (Critic, ESAA, responsible for the programming of la Compagnie)
Nicola MAI (Anthropologist, London Metropolitan University, London),
Antoine VION (Sociologist, LEST, Aix Marseille University)
Launch date of the call for proposals: 7 May 2013
Deadline for reception of the proposals: 30 June 2013
Selection of the proposals by the committee: 31 July 2013

Send the proposals at the following address :
The antiAtlas website :
Project lead:
Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Research (IMéRA – AMU/CNRS)
Art school of Aix-en-Provence (ESAA)
Laboratory Pacte (Université de Grenoble)
Isabelle Arvers (independant curator)
Institute for Researchand Study of the Arab and Muslim World (IREMAM – AMU/CNRS)
Mediterranean Laboratory of Sociology (LAMES – AMU/CNRS)
La compagnie, art creation and exhibition place in Marseille
Aix-Marseille University (AMU)
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Marseille-Provence 2013 (MP 2013)
The city of Aix-en-Provence
Regional Fund for Contemporary Art (FRAC)
Network of French Institutes of Advanced Studies (RFIEA)
National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (MMSH)
World Custom Organization (WCO)
Media partners:
Journal of Borderlands Studies
Ventilo (cultural bimonthly)
MCD ((Digital music and cultures)

Dans le cadre de la manifestation L’antiAtlas des frontières, un appel à projet est lancé pour une exposition à La compagnie, lieu de création à Marseille, du 13 décembre 2013 au 1er mars 2014.
La commissaire d’exposition, le comité scientifique et artistique sont à la recherche d’œuvres diverses (, photos, vidéos, témoignages, documentaires, jeux vidéo, …) qui rendent compte d’un vécu et d’une expérience directe des frontières. Elles pourront être produites par des migrants, des professionnels, des artistes ou d’autres personnes ayant eu une expérience directe des traversées de frontières.


L’antiAtlas des frontières est une manifestation transdisciplinaire qui se tiendra du 30 septembre 2013 au 1er mars 2014. Au croisement de la recherche et de l’art, elle dépasse la cartographie pour proposer une approche inédite des mutations des frontières et de leur vécu au XXIème siècle.


Aboutissement d’un projet de recherche transdisciplinaire lancé en 2011 à l’IMéRA (Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées), elle réunit des artistes, chercheurs en sciences humaines, chercheurs en sciences dures et professionnels, elle a pour objectif d’opérer un décloisonnement entre les champs de la connaissance.

Cette manifestation s’appuiera sur 5 supports :
(1) un colloque international ouvert aux chercheurs, aux artistes, aux institutionnels, et au grand public à la Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aix en Provence, du 30 septembre au 2 octobre 2013
(2) une première exposition art/science au Musée des Tapisseries d’Aix en Provence du 1er octobre au 3 novembre 2013
(3) une seconde exposition art/science à La Compagnie, lieu de création à Marseille, du 13 décembre 2013 au 1er mars 2014
(4) une documentation web qui complétera les expositions et les pérennisera
(5) une édition papier prévue pour 2014.
L’appel à projet concerne l’exposition qui se tiendra à La compagnie à Marseille du 13 décembre 2013 au 1er mars 2014.
Transdisciplinaire, cette exposition offre plusieurs niveaux de lecture et de formes de participation. Dans un espace jalonné d’œuvres plastiques, d’installations interactives et vidéos, les visiteurs évoluent à travers un dispositif transmédia. Ils sont également confrontés à des photos et des vidéos issues d’un appel à contribution international invitant le public et les migrants à présenter leurs vécus des frontières. Ludique, l’exposition met le public en interaction avec des robots, des drones et des jeux vidéos. Une exposition à expérimenter : Try it Yourself!
La commissaire d’exposition, le comité scientifique et artistique sont à la recherche d’œuvres diverses (, photos, vidéos, témoignages, documentaires, jeux vidéo, …) qui rendent compte d’un vécu et d’une expérience directe des frontières. Elles pourront être produites par des migrants, des professionnels, des artistes ou autres, qui ont eu une expérience directe des traversées de frontières. En donnant la parole à ces différents acteurs, les oeuvres qui seront retenues contribueront au montage de l’exposition résolument participative.

Composition du jury
Les œuvres seront sélectionnées par un comité scientifique et artistique composé de :
Cédric Parizot (Coordinateur du comité scientifique et artistique, Anthropologue du politique, CNRS, IMéRA), Anne-Laure AMILHAT-Szary (Géographe, Université J. Fourier, Grenoble) représentant le programme de recherche européen Euroborderspaces (7e PCRD)
Isabelle ARVERS (commissaire d’exposition spécialisée dans le web art),
Jean Cristofol (Philosophe, ESAA, Aix en Provence),
Nicola Mai (Anthropologue, London Metropolitan University, Londres),
Antoine Vion (Sociologue, LEST, Aix Marseille université)
Paul Emmanuel Odin (Critique, ESAA, programmation du lieu de création La compagnie)

Date de lancement de l’appel à projet : 7 mai 2013
Date limite de réception des œuvres : 30 juin 2013
Date de sélection des œuvres par le comité scientifique et artistique : 31 juillet 2013
Les projets sont à envoyer à l’adresse suivante :
le site de l’antiAtlas :

Porteurs du projet :
Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées (IMéRA – AMU/CNRS)

École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence (ESAA)
Laboratoire Pacte (Université de Grenoble)

Isabelle Arvers (commissaire d’exposition indépendante)
Institut de Recherche et d’Études sur le Monde Arabe et Musulman (IREMAM – AMU/CNRS)
Laboratoire Méditerranéen de Sociologie (LAMES – AMU/CNRS)
La compagnie, lieu de création à Marseille

Partenaires :
Aix-Marseille Université (AMU)
Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Marseille-Provence 2013 (MP 2013)
La ville d’Aix-en-Provence
Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC)
Réseau Français des Instituts d’Études Avancées (RFIEA)
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (MMSH)
Organisation Mondiale des Douanes (OMD)


Partenaires média :
Journal of Borderlands Studies
Ventilo (journal culturel bimensuel)
MCD (Musiques et Cultures Digitales)

• Post-Conflict, Cultural Heritage and Regional Development

Call for Abstracts
Post-Conflict, Cultural Heritage and Regional Development: An International Conference
Date: 9-11 October 2013, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Abstract Deadline: 8 June (possibly will be extended; email
The Liberation Day Committee 1945 Wageningen (as member of the European Network of Places of Peace), Wageningen University and Inholland University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands, are organizing an international conference, on the overarching theme of post-conflict, cultural heritage and regional development.
Conflicts sometimes lead to violent encounters that result in casualties and damage to infrastructure, housing and the environment. Often, traumatic experiences brought about by these become the subject of commemorations that contribute to places linked to them gaining material, social and/or symbolic significance, within the locality, country or even regionally. This is particularly true when residents and policymakers actively implement initiatives to embrace them as part of collective memory, pedagogy and/or as local heritage attractions for domestic and international visitors. Every year thousands, sometimes millions, of people visit places like Auschwitz, Ground Zero, Hiroshima, Choeung Ek and Gettysburg. Wageningen, marked as the City of Liberation, and the setting for this international conference, also attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually as part of national commemoration and liberation festivals in the Netherlands. These are testament to the popularity of these sites although they too can at times be plagued with criticisms and controversy, pertaining to issues like commercialization, sustainability, multiple interpretations of history and so on.
This conference seeks to further our understanding of the perceptions, processes and problems that are related to some of these places of former conflicts that have, over time, been transformed into key sites for memory, education and consumption, or even commodification. The multidisciplinary conference considers the social, political, economic and developmental dimensions as well as potential of such places alongside highlighting issues associated with the establishment of such heritage sites. It also explores how these sites may be developed as ‘peace institutions’ that aim to encourage the prevention of future conflicts. We welcome case studies drawn from the Netherlands as well as from other international contexts. Selected authors may be invited to contribute chapters/articles for a book or special journal issue.
Relevant topics may include (but not be limited to):
– Landscape, post-conflict identity and ‘difficult’ heritage;
– Post-conflict cities/heritage of conflict in postcolonial cities;
– Historical geographies and genealogies of places of war and peace;
– Social, economic and political impacts of places of war and peace;
– Interpreting conflict sights and the handling of multiple narratives;
– Educational potential of trauma sites, and related problems;
– Commodification of conflicts into heritage tourism;
– Conflict and the politics of truth and reconciliation;
– City branding issues in cities where conflict is within living memory;
– Sites of dark tourism: potentials, perspectives, and problems;
– Sites of former conflict as ‘shared’ spaces/peace institutions; etc.
Proposals for paper presentations/sessions on or related to any issues related to the abovementioned topics are welcome. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have queries.
Abstracts of papers, in the range of 300 to 400 words, should be sent to The abstract should clearly indicate the paper’s main arguments, its connection to the theme(s) of the conference, as well as briefly on the adopted methodology. Proposals for panel sessions should also include a brief description of the collective theme(s) of the papers that are to be included in the session.
A short biography of the speaker should also be included, containing relevant information about the author’s academic background.
Conference Fees:
Early bird € 225 (until September 1st)
Normal € 250 (after September 1st)
Please visit the website for registration
Deadlines for Submissions:
Deadline for session proposals: 19 April 2013
Deadline for abstracts: 8 June 2013
Deadline for acceptance: 3 August 2013

• L’espace politique

100 years

André Siegfried  (1913) Tableau politique de la France de l’Ouest sous la Troisième République. Paris: Colin.


Cfp for the French political geography journal  L’espace politique   (French or English)


Appels à contributions thématiques

Géographie et sociologie électorales : duel ou duo ?

Deadline : 30 juin 2013

Détails :

Sous la direction de Joël Gombin et de Jean Rivière


Electoral geography and sociology: duel or duet?

Call for Papers

Deadline : June 30th, 2013


Guest editors: Joël Gombin and Jean Rivière

• Warwick Graduate Conference in Security Studies

Call for Papers Warwick Graduate Conference in Security Studies
Security and the Everyday
31 October – 1 November 2013
Keynote: Professor Jutta Weldes (University of Bristol); Professor François Debrix (Virginia Tech)
More and more research in critical security studies pays attention to the realm of everyday experience, popular culture and fictional narratives, and how they produce and reproduce discourses of security and representations of identity. At the same time, distinctions between politics and entertainment seem increasingly tenuous in a world of globalized spaces of hyper-reality. From the real-time images of remote controlled drone strikes to the imagined realities of video game franchises, and from the realpolitik of TV shows and comic books to the narratives of IR textbooks, virtual and actual realities blend into each other. This conference explores the interconnections and implications of this inter-textuality of security and image, narrative and identity, and power and fiction.
If you are interested in participating please send details of your affiliation, an indicative title, and an abstract of no more than 250 words to Georg Löfflmann (
Deadline for abstracts: 14 August 2013

• The Border Crossing Seminar – EXTENDED DEADLINE

Extended deadline – 5th of june
The Border Crossing Seminar


The Border Crossing Seminar is a joint Program between The University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy), and the University of Notre Dame (U.S.A.).
Second edition – From the Polis to the City: Perspectives on Global Justice
This conference and school, for faculty and students, is the second meeting of “The Border Crossing Seminar”. This year’s seminar examines the evolution of the city within European and non-European political theory and practice, from the polis of the ancient Greeks, to the cosmopolis of contemporary theories of global justice, to the present diversity of the city of Milan. We will explore how the urban space of the modern city reflects or reinforces its peoples’ perspectives on national and international justice. We will look at the contemporary issue of migration to and from European cities, and how it affects social justice at national, European Union, and global levels. Milan itself will be our primary case study. Walking tours of the city’s cultural and urban spaces, and meetings with local people, are part of the experiential learning component of the seminar. The seminar will feature lectures by expert faculty from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Milano-Bicocca, and other universities from around the globe, in fields such as political theory, political philosophy, anthropology, sociology, political science, and geography.

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