CFP: Housing – A Critical Perspective 2015 Conference

Together with the Sociology Department of Liverpool University and the Architecture Department of Liverpool John Moores University, Architecture_MPS is organising a two day interdisciplinary conference on the theme of affordable housing provision. Forming part of a broader program of international events, Housing – Critical Futures, it is open to activists, artists and academics of all disciplines. It is set in the UK but seeks to link with global issues.

Against a background of disparate policy interventions, resistances, contradictions and conflict, the questions we are asking are multiple: How are elite, privatised residential developments reshaping urban space? How have recent policy interventions impacted on the social lives of neighbourhoods? What are some of the ways in which architects have responded to affordable housing crises? What insights can politically-engaged art projects bring to bear in this context? How have sociological studies sought to make sense of the local contexts into which wider structural issues are inflected? What role will states have in the housing solutions of the future? How can architects work with existing building stock to help sustain communities under threat? How have local activists ensured their voice is heard in the context of gentrifiying cities? What role is there for critical planning theory vis-à-vis housing?

A range of options are available to those wishing to present. We welcome submissions for Conference Presentations (20 minutes); Full Written Papers (3,000 words); and a range of alternative proposals, such as 5 minute Pecha Kucha talks; short film screenings; photographic essays; installations etc. You are invited to propose other options.


Key Dates:         

12 December 2014: Abstract Submissions

20 December 2014: Abstract Feedback

20 March 2015: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)

01 April 2015: Registration deadline

08-09 April 2015. Conference

01 May 2015: Feedback for publication

01 July 2015: Publication of Full papers


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