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Affective Cities—Scenes of Innovation II

2nd Annual Conference of The International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities
Toronto, August 5-7, 2014

This Conference is hosted by The Culture of Cities Centre and will convene on August 5-7th, 2014 at The Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto, Canada. It is held in collaboration with York University and the University of Waterloo.  This is the Second Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (IASCC).

Deadline for Abstract Submissions:  April 30th, 2014

The focus of this conference is on how affect and its management, expression and diversification animate scenes of urban innovation. Such registers and tone of the city are manifest in varied ways: in art practices and products, and in the affective range of urban life that displays ambition, disappointment, marginality, rebellion, and creative expressions in diverse forms.

We invite works that explore the complex dynamics associated with the city as an affective system in relation to both theoretical frameworks suitable for research and to forms of interpretive engagement with experiences of city life.  Research and works of art that explore the affective economies of urban culture are encouraged. Submissions that engage innovative scene building of diverse kinds, as well as the full spectrum of engagements with time, space, pleasure, anxiety, identity and difference that mark the turbulent landscape of cities are especially welcome.

Possible Topics Include:

  • The interface between affective and material economies; the particular affective dynamics of new forms of social entrepreneurialism (for eg., “pop-up” affect; artisanal affect; social media; connectivity
  • Urban activism as affective practice; post-ideological forms of urban politics and protest.
  • Affect and emotional systems as salient to urban life—sentimentalism, nostalgia, “edge”, seediness.
  • The “Affective Turn” in theoretical paradigms central to the analysis of urban culture: Marxism, Symbolic Interactionism, Ethnomethodology, Situationism, Postmodernism, Modernism, Phenomenology,Visual Studies, Aesthetics, Poststructuralism, etc…
  • The sensory dynamics of city life ‒the acoustic and aural; smell and scent; visual and optic; taste and flavour; tactile and haptic forms of touch.
  • Affective economies and aesthetic practices: affect as productive of, and represented in film, literature, theater, visual arts.
  • Temporal forms and affective subjectivities of place (memory, futurism, “happenings”, etc…).
  • The city as a structure of feeling; the urban sensorium.
  • Intersection of theory, practice, forms of communication and translation between and across  disciplines.
  • Affective relations to mobility, movement, dynamism and crowds.
  • Cities in decline/the affect of deurbanization

The normal presentation format will be a 20-minute talk as part of a panel of 3-4 speakers followed by questions and discussion. Proposals for other forms of participation (performances, exhibitions/screenings) will also be considered as part of the conference exhibition and events. If you would like to propose a roundtable or panel, please submit a detailed application ONLINE.


Early Abstract Submissions:

1st Wave: Early Deadline for Abstract Submissions:  Feb. 15th, 2014

1st Wave Letters of Acceptance have been emailed.  Please contact for more information.

Notice of Acceptance:  March 5th, 2014
Registration for IASCC and Early Conference Registration opens:  April 1st, 2014
Late Registration Begins: June 15th, 2014

2nd Wave: Regular Deadline for Abstract Submissions:  April 30th, 2014

Notice of Acceptance:  May 7th, 2014*
Registration for IASCC and Conference Registration opens:  May 7th, 2014
Late Registration Begins: July 1st, 2014

Abstracts should be approximately 250 words in length. All submissions are double-blind, peer-reviewed by the IASCC Conference Committee.

*If you require a letter for funding and travel purposes, please request an early review.

Submit Abstract Below

A volume of selected papers will be published with McGill-Queens Press as part of The Culture of Cities Series. Persons with individual manuscripts will be considered for the Urbanities Series with Intellect Press. All abstracts and Final Program will be made available online.

To view the Program for the 2013 NY Conference, Poeticizing the Urban Apparatus:  Scenes of Innovation, please click here. QUESTIONS? Please email us:



 Students/Artists/Ind. Scholars:  $25.00 | Faculty/Executive Directors/Producers: $35.00

*REGISTRATION Before  July 1st, 2014

Students/Artists/Ind. Scholars:  $85.00 + GST

Faculty/Executive Directors/Producers:$225.00 + GST

*REGISTRATION  After July 1st, 2014

Students/Artists/Ind. Scholars:  $115.00 + GST

Faculty/Executive Directors/Producers:  $285.00 + GST

*Conference Fees include art events, wine and cheese reception, all coffee breaks and closing roundtable brunch.


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