Icons: The making, meaning and undoing of urban icons and iconic cities    

Organisation for the 2016 UHPH conference on the Gold Coast is now in full swing with contributors mapping out/ thinking about/ working on their papers (format templates attached) which are due by 15 November 2015. Registration is now open and payment is being processed online through the link from the website (see below) OR through the link from Griffith Pay (see below).
Accommodation at the QT Hotel can be booked by filling in the booking form downloaded from from the conference website here:
Full papers are due to be submitted for peer review by the 15 November 2015.
All paper submissions are via email to c.bosman@griffith.edu.au.
Length: Papers are to be a maximum of 4,500 words including notes and quotations, but excluding abstract (see below).Format: Papers are to be submitted as a single MS Word document (format template attached) with all page margins set to 2cm and paragraph format to double spacing. Please use UK English throughout (using the Oxford English Dictionary as a reference where necessary). Please use 12-point Times New Roman font for all purposes, with no bold or underlined text, and with italics used for source titles in references and only sparingly in the body of the text for emphasis. New paragraphs should be marked by a double return without indentation.

Please save the file with the first author’s surname followed by _UHPH16_FP   (eg): Bosman_UHPH16_FP

Thank you again for your abstract/s, we look forward to receiving registration and your full paper.

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UHPH Conference 2016 Call for abstracts now open: deadline 31 March 2015

Proposals are welcome for the 13th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference (UHPH) to be hosted by Griffith University and held on the Gold Coast, Queensland between Sunday 31 January – Wednesday 3 February 2016.

Conference Theme

Icons: The making, meaning and undoing of urban icons and iconic cities

The use of icons (projects, places, plans, people and/or practices) to tell stories of urban environments is longstanding. The stories which these icons produce tell us something about ourselves and our everyday urban lives, as well as the social, environmental, economic, political and cultural context of urban environments. They can also prompt questions about the histories and realities of the icons themselves. Moreover, cities increasingly strive for distinctiveness of some kind in an increasingly globalised world. This distinctiveness is frequently achieved through the making of new urban icons, visual, tangible, imaginary and or real. The striving for iconic status can be problematic when it marginalises and polarises people and ways of being. Meanings can also be ascribed which have little relevance to the wider urban context.

This conference offers a special opportunity to explore these histories of iconographies – past, present, prospective. Suggested sub themes relate to the histories and/or planning of the following in urban and regional settings:

  1. New critical appreciations of neglected and established urban icons and icon-making processes.
  2. Planning and development of hard and soft infrastructures, including monuments, buildings, streetscapes, precincts, landscapes, plans and projects, branding etc.
  3. The import/export of iconic ideas.
  4. The environmental impact of urban icons.
  5. Dealing with the heritage of icons (cultural, natural, indigenous).

Papers should be based on original research and may focus on one or a combination of sub themes. In addition, proposals related to other aspects of urban and planning history, in and of relevance to Australia/New Zealand, are welcome. Full papers will be peer reviewed for publication in the conference proceedings. You are required to register and attend the conference for your paper to be published in the proceedings.

The Gold Coast provides a perfect example of an environment with a history constructed around the creation and representations of iconic forms. It has striven for ‘iconic’ status through adaptation from places such as Florida and California. It has sought hallmark events like the Commonwealth Games to be held in 2018. Its current light rail project emulates the global turn to sustainable transport infrastructure. And there are less glamorous stories below the glittering surface.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by 31 March 2015.

Abstracts are to be submitted on the attached abstract template and emailed to Caryl Bosman: c.bosman@griffith.edu.au

Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers (4000 words text max) for publication in the peer reviewed conference proceedings.

A conference website with further information will be available soon.

Hosted by: Griffith University, Urban Research Program

Conference Convenors: Dr Caryl Bosman, Dr Aysin Dedekorkut–Howes and Paul Burton

Please contact Caryl Bosman on c.bosman@griffith.edu.au

Also see: uhph

Australasian Urban History / Planning History Group Conference, NZ: CFP extended

The 12th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference (UHPH) will take place in Wellington, New Zealand between February 2 and 5, 2014 hosted by the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture

The call for abstracts has been extended until the end of April.

Further information on the Call for Papers and conference subthemes can be found at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/fad/research/uhph2014

Please contact Morten Gjerde on morten.gjerde@vuw.ac.nz with any queries.

CFP: Australasian Urban History / Planning History Group Biennial Conference, Wellington NZ

The 12th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference (UHPH) will take place in Wellington, New Zealand between February 2 and 5, 2014 hosted by the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture

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Conference Theme: Landscapes and Ecologies of Urban and Planning History

Urbanisation represents a dynamic flux of social histories and natural ecologies woven together across time. The interaction between settlement and landscape told through conflict, discovery, heroism, failure, imagination and policy at different scales presents a rich lode for histories informed by an environmental perspective. This conference affords a special opportunity to explore these interrelationships but will welcome all contributions related to urban and planning history in Australia and New Zealand.

Wellington is an inspired location in which to consider the complex relationships between cities and their settings. It is situated in a dramatic landscape, with the built environment perched between rugged, bush-clad hills and a magnificent harbour.

Call for papers

The Conference Committee has made a call for paper abstracts. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 March 2013. Further information on the Call for Papers and conference subthemes can be found at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/fad/research/uhph2014

Please contact Morten Gjerde on morten.gjerde@vuw.ac.nz with any queries.

Conference Announcement: 12th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference

The 12th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference is to be hosted by Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand

Conference theme: Landscapes and Ecologies of Urban and Planning History

Dates:  2-5  February 2014

Urbanisation represents a dynamic flux of social histories and natural ecologies woven together across time. The interaction between settlement and landscape told through conflict, discovery, heroism, failure, imagination and policy at different scales presents a rich lode for histories informed by an environmental perspective. This conference affords a special opportunity to explore these interrelationships but will welcome all contributions related to the urban and planning history in Australia and New Zealand. Wellington is an inspired location in which to consider the complex relationships between cities and their settings.  It is situated in a dramatic landscape, with the built environment seemingly perched between rugged, bush-clad hills and a magnificent harbour. As the second Wakefield private colonisation experiment in Australasia, a pre-planned grid city was patched into a paucity of flat land and arrayed across steep inclines at the edge of Te Whanganui-a-Tara (the great harbour of Tara). The accommodation here of people, plan and landscape delivered a settlement of character and beauty. But this conference will assemble many other stories and reflections.

Further information on the conference programme and a call for papers will be issued through 2013.

Early inquiries should be directed to Morten Gjerde morten.gjerde@vuw.ac.nz