Urban Inequalities: Ethnographic Insights

Organized by: International Urban Symposium; Commission on Urban Anthropology; University of the Peloponnese: Department of Social and Educational Policy, Postgraduate Program of Social Policy.
Endorsed by: City, University of London
Sponsored by: Corinth Municipality
Corinth 20-22 June 2019

This conference promotes an urgently needed in-depth understanding of entrenched forms of social and economic inequality that have come to the fore, and in many cases have become exacerbated, as a direct consequence of urbanization without (or with weak) growth. Urban sustainability and a transparent, responsible and efficient governance are the obvious casualties. Unemployment, informal employment, homelessness, intolerance, conflict, suicide, crime and citizens’ loss of trust in the democratic process are among the disastrous consequences. This Conference will bring together a strong field of ethnographically-committed international scholars to address comparatively this cogent problematic in Western and non-Western settings in the context of the global economic crisis and the expanding gap between a privileged few and the rest of the population that mar contemporary society, jeopardising democratic life as they foster social and economic forms of inequality and conflict.

Huge, mostly uncontrolled, migration from poorer countries and from rural areas to cities adds to the problem, as newcomers experience exploitation, little or no improvement in their lives and often modern forms of slavery. Large internal and international migration flows in conjunction with weak policy, double standards in the treatment of individuals and groups and inefficient or slanted governance have engendered new challenges to urban life.

This conference is organized by the International Urban Symposium in collaboration with the IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology and the University of the Peloponnese and is endorsed by City, University of London.

Revised papers will be considered for publication in the open-access, peer-reviewed Urbanities-Journal of Urban Ethnography (www.anthrojournal-urbanities.com), either as part of a Special issue or as individual articles. If applicable, collections of revised papers could be considered for publication in edited volumes in the Series “Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology” (https://www.palgrave.com/gp/series/14573).

Scientific Committe:
Italo Pardo: i.pardo@kent.ac.uk
Giuliana B. Prato: g.b.prato@kent.ac.uk
Manos Spyridakis: maspyridakis@gmail.com

Titles and 200-word Abstracts should be submitted to the Scientific Committee no later than 30 March 2019.

Registration Deadline: Monday 15 April 2019.
Registration Fee for Paper Givers: €100 (Euros).
Registration Fee for Research Students: €75.
Onsite Registration for Attendees: €150.

Accommodation:The organizers will arrange affordable accommodation close to the conference venue.