4th Annual Conference of The International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (IASCC)

Ermoupolis, Syros Greece July 27-29th, 2016

This Conference is hosted by The Culture of Cities Centre and will convene on July 27-29th, 2016 at The Cultural Center in Ermoupolis, on the island of Syros in Greece. It is held in collaboration with York University, St. Jerome’s University and the University of Waterloo.  This is the Fourth Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (IASCC).

The aim of this meeting is to focus upon how cities create cultural landscapes in which heritage is both tangibly marked by the built environment, by official scripts and policies and also by their seemingly intangible influences of collective memories and collisions in values about the meaning of place that fluctuate over time.

How can the rich and varied approaches of cultural analysis, social theory, and the humanities, arts and social sciences contribute to an interdisciplinary examination of the ground of heritage in the relationship of the city to time and to the complexity presupposed by such a history of official and unofficial legacies?

The Greek city of Ermoupolis has been chosen because of its particular character as an historically unique city involved in the current process of refashioning its heritage, offering the forum an opportunity to connect this example to research on uses of representations of urban heritage in the modern city. Ermoupolis is a candidate city seeking UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.

Topics to be addressed can include:

  • How cities can and do use their past heritage in the present as part of their cultural capital.
  • The connection of innovative methodologies and emergent practices for engaging the relation of urban pasts to present and future.
  • Latest advances in the development of technological applications for representing the past in images of the built environment, narratives and the visual representation of local topographies.
  • Representations of cultural capital that includes official traditional heritage designations, historical neighbourhoods and landmarks, the preservation of art or masterpieces, the contents of museums and deposits of artifacts and the practice of art and artists and the evolving ‘art worlds’ that become part of the aura of the city as its affective infrastructure.
  • Relations to traditions of any and all kind (from linguistic to aesthetic), including modification, rejection, preservation as in fundamentalist and enlightenment gestures and actions.
  • Narratives about the urban past produced in any present by descendants, survivors, witnesses, informants.
  • Redefinitions of work through archival material.
  • Issues of conservation and preservation.
  • Ways different societies mark their inheritances whether through mechanistic repetition, vandalism, obfuscation, and innovative reinvention.
  • Use of heritage criteria for conferring identity of persons and groups through rituals for designating membership such as purity or impurity of blood line, affiliation, citizenship, classification, genre.
  • Policy discussion relating to cultural identity and memory, cultural regeneration and collective biographies.
  • Dissonant registers and controversies of historical past(s).

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.

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Deadline for Abstract Submissions:  April 30th, 2016


Registration Open: March 1st , 2016
Deadline for Abstract Submissions: April 30th, 2016
Acceptance Letters Sent: May 15th, 2016*
Early Registration Closes: June 15th, 2016
Contact information: info@cultureofcities.com

*Please note that the selection committee will consider presenter abstracts in advance of the May 15th acceptance date. Please indicate whether or not you require an early review in order to make travel arrangements or applications for funding to your institution.

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Registration Fees

Early Registration by June 15th, 2016

$285 CDN (Approximately 194 €)

Students/Independent Scholars/Contract Faculty
$115 CDN (Approximately 78 €)

Registration after June 15th, 2016

$330 CDN (Approximately 224 €)

Students/Independent Scholars/Contract Faculty
$140 CDN (Approximately 95 €)

Fees include sliding IASSAC membership fee of $25 and $35, as well as opening networking reception, events and coffee breaks.

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Online Registration



Susanne L. Keppler, Conference Manager
University of Waterloo – Catering & Event Services
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON   N2L 3G1
Tel:  519-888-4567, ext. 35833

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