From: Ioannides, Dimitri <DIoannides@...>
Date: Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Subject: FW: Call For papers AAG 2014 - Tampa, Florida - Resilient Cities: How to rebound from crisis?
With extreme apologies for cross-posting
Please see below (or open attachment) a call for papers for the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Tampa, FL - April 8th-12th, 2014), which may be of interest to some of you.
Dimitri Ioannides and Patrick Brouder
Resilient cities: How to rebound from crisis?
Session Organisers: Dimitri Ioannides & Patrick Brouder
When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005 and then Hurricane Sandy impacted the northeastern US (including New York City) in November of 2012 many people in the United States took note. Disasters such as these are not something that only affects faraway places. They can strike at the core of global metropolitan areas, wreaking widespread devastation. It is not, however, only sudden events, which cause crises. Much has been made of the global economic crisis of the last few years, which has negatively affected numerous communities, some of which were already battling chronic decline associated with deindustrialization. For instance, Detroit has declared bankruptcy following decades of economic and political crisis. Meanwhile, residents in Athens, the host of the 2004 Olympics, have been facing massive unemployment and rising rates of homelessness as the city seems to have gone into a nosedive.
In response there are instances where people in some urban areas react by seeking innovative approaches to reinvigorate their livelihoods. Under the banner of "resilience" there are communities that have sought to identify and strengthen bottom-up approaches to reduce their dependence, for instance, on fossil fuels by encouraging more food production within their borders and less dependence on imports.
This session seeks to bring together a group of researchers to tell stories of resilience in urban communities from around the world. The aim of the session is to be comprehensive, encompassing, for instance, the following topics:
* Community reactions to sudden or chronic events: Bottom-up strategies for making places livable.
* Alternatives to cash-based development; how residents react to widespread recession?
* Street Art and urban resilience.
* Alternative forms of tourism; immersing the visitor.
* Social equity issues after crisis; who pays?
If you are interested in participating in this session please send a draft of your abstract to dimitri.ioannides@...
on or before the 28th of September 2013. Registration for the conference must be completed via the AAG Annual Meeting online submission portal by the 23rd of October 2013 in order to receive the early bird discount. Final versions of abstracts must be submitted by the 3rd of December 2013. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the session organizers.