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Diverse Urban Cultures in the Anthropocene

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Burwood Corporate Centre, Deakin University

221 Burwood Highway

Burwood, VIC 3125

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We welcome participation in this symposium that calls for new ways of thinking and living in the Anthropocene. We conceptualise urban places and surrounding environs as a co-evolving assemblage of human, nonhuman and more-than-human materiality. We aim to destabilise the current anthropocentrism of worldviews that centre human needs and desires by drawing on philosophies of belonging and coexistence that have the potential to play an important role in a planetary politics and ethics. We believe that the vitality of diverse urban cultures and various forms of tangible/intangible heritage can stimulate transformative thinking that reconstitutes our world as more just and inclusive. Sub-themes are NatureCultures, Street Cultures and Material Cultures

Key thinkers

  • Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor Emeritus Ruth Fincher, School of Geography, University of Melbourne. Title of paper: Planning the social city: keeping diversity and commonalities in mind

  • Andy Merrifield, independent scholar, writer, social theorist and urban geographer. Title of paper: The Shadow Citizenry and the Right to the City

  • Assoc Professor Kurt Iveson, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney. Title of paper: The Digitalisation of Urban Encounter: on the ‘being together of strangers’ in networked cities

  • Dr Sarah Prout, School of Earth and Environment, University of West Australia. Title of paper: A Precarious Urbanism: Aboriginal Housing in the City

  • Professor Kay Anderson, Professorial Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. Title of Paper: Chinatown Unbound

  • Dr Haripriya Rangan, Director, Research and Academic Programs, Australia India Institute/Principal Fellow, School of Geography, University of Melbourne. Title of Paper: Mumbai's Material Cultures

Convenors

  • Dr Michele Lobo (ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow, Co-Convenor, Cultural Study Group, Institute of Australian Geographers)

  • Prof Louise Johnson (Professor, Australian Studies and Planning/Academic Adviser, Institute of Koorie Education)

  • David Kelly (Doctoral student)

REGISTRATIONS:

If you are a Deakin staff/student and would like to attend/participate in the discussion, please email David Kelly (dlkelly@deakin.edu.au) or Michele Lobo (Michele.Lobo@deakin.edu.au) by Tuesday 31 May 2016.

Other attendees please proceed with registration on this site:

Costs:

  • Non-presenter registration: $40 for one day or $75 for 2 days

  • Students: $20 for one day or $35 for 2 days

  • Unwaged: Free (Please contact David Kelly and Michelle Lobo as per details above)

Registration covers attendance at plenary sessions, panel sessions, printed conference program/abstracts, coffee/tea breaks and lunch.

For special dietary requirements, contact David Kelly and Michelle Lobo as per details above.

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Burwood Corporate Centre, Deakin University

221 Burwood Highway

Burwood, VIC 3125

Australia

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