Toronto, Canada 2014
AFFECTIVE CITIES: SCENES OF URBAN INNOVATION II
Scenes of Urban Innovation III
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This year’s conference Affective Cities: Scenes of Innovation II was the second annual meeting of The International Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities (IASCC). The conference events were hosted by The Culture of Cities Centre (CCC) at The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) in New York in 2013 and at CSI Toronto—Annex in 2014. Both were produced in partnership with York University, and the University of Waterloo. The conferences coordinate scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, institutions, and urban research centres across the globe to engage thematic issues related to scenes of urban innovation.
The Culture of Cities Centre is celebrating its fourteenth year and is active in engaging local and international academic scholars, artists and social entrepreneurs in the interdisciplinary study of culture and the city. The Affective Cities conference included diverse paper
presentations, lively panels and dynamic social activities organized around theoretic and applied practices across a range of disciplines in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts. Our breakfast plenary speakers represented four continents, speaking to a range of affect and its application for studying the city and urban culture in the context of a globalized world.
The artistic exhibition explored affect in relation to visual and documentary form and was on display during the opening Wine and Cheese reception. On the second evening delegates met for dinner in the historic Mirvish Village, a sixty year old neighbourhood currently undergoing plans for demolition and redevelopment. A special closing round table discussion was held on the final day to engage thematic panels in dialogue and to shape future collaborations, publications and projects.