Theme & Tracks

TRANSITIONAL STREETS: NARRATING STORIES OF CONVIVIAL STREETS

 

Conference Theme

The recent acceleration of the world’s mobility has no doubt affected city streets. This is manifested in the increased rate of transactions, communication channels, trans-nationalism, and the unprecedented influx of refugees within ‘new’ contexts. Within this context, a pertinent question on transitional streets seeks to highlight their status quo and examine embedded stories reflecting realities, potentials and possibilities for conviviality.

Referring to transitional streets, this conference addresses scholars in all disciplines with the question: how can the evolution of streets be traced in an era when their transition swings between regression and progression witnessed socially, economically, culturally, technologically and educationally? To what extent are transitional streets channels for conviviality? Would transitional streets serve as manifestations but also tools to address current challenges of versatility, multiculturalism, displacement, alienation, annihilation, intersectional discrimination, environmental deterioration and socio-political escalations?

This frame for discussing streets traces their entanglement with everyday life, politics, economy, technology, communication, to name few. This requires a grafting process that would allow a wide range of tools and backgrounds to formulate specific but also global understandings of convivial streets.

This conference continues to provide a platform for an international and interdisciplinary exchange of scholarship, on adaptive approaches towards transitional city streets.

 

Conference Tracks

T1: Streets: Communication, visualization and semiotics

T2: Reimagining City Street: The real and the envisaged

T3: Formal and In-Formal Street Art & Design: Interventions and innovations

T4: Street Mobility: Safety and efficiency

T5: Right to the Street: Contested spaces, new manifestations, and territorial transformations

T6: Resilient Streets: Understanding before and after, disaster and reconstruction

T7: On Streets: Mapping and analyzing streetscapes

T8: Streets and Urban Places: Street as a constituent for conviviality

T9: Social Dimensions of Streets: Collective memory-ies, migrant communities, performances, and events

T10: Streets: Urban diversity and social justice

T11: Dialectical Relations in Streets: Cultural, spatial, and socio-political

T12: Healthy Streets: Public health and quality of life