Università Iuav di Venezia | School of Doctorate Studies
Call for papers
International Conference
Istanbul. City Portrait | February 29th – March 1st 2012 | Venice, Italy
Deadline: by November 17th 2011

Within the cycle of International Conferences ‘City Portraits’, organized by the School of Doctorate
Studies, Università Iuav di Venezia, on February 29th – March 1st 2012 it will be held one about the
city of Istanbul.
The goal of the International Conference is to provide a wide range of point of view in order to
investigate the current transformations of the city and to attempt a better understanding of its
coming evolutions based on an interdisciplinary approach, which ranges from the urban planning,
historical and contemporary architectural issues to arts, design and cultural policies. PhD
candidates and young researcher (under 40 years old at the time the conference will be held), who
have developed original studies or projects on specific case-studies linked with one or more of the
following three sessions, are invited to submit their contributions.

1. city & architecture
Istanbul is one of the world’s largest city and one of the oldest. It has deep roots in its glorious past
and it’s trying to look at to its future after the transformations in the 80’s along with the globalization process that picked up speed bringing with it deep change in the urban and architectural context.
The goal of this session is to provide a critical point of view on the city of Istanbul through the
following main issues:
– the role of Mimar Sinan and his works in shaping Istanbul;
– the tight relationship between foreign architects/urban planners and the transformations occurred
in the city after the declaration of the Republic of Turkey in 1923;
– issues linked with the contemporary architecture debate considering that the city is still suffering
because of a very quick development occurred in the last decades.
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
Mimar Sinan
Hinge city
The speed of a change
The survival of public spaces
Urban transformations

2. city & society
During the 80s, Istanbul begins to reveal new regimes of regulation for these governments that
created new financial sources, allowed the opening for a stock exchange market and creating a
new metropolitan government, that transformed the city into a competitive global city region.
New wealth engendered new social groups, while traditional wealthy groups (public sector
professions like teachers, writers, bureaucrats and trade unionists) experienced an identity crisis
and loss of public confidence. This new sense of ownership of new groups (symbolical and
material) is today clearly mirrored by spatial polarization of poverty increasingly suburbanized
(which its especially migrants), but even displayed by more soft and intangible forms of alienation
and marginalization challenging the issue of citizenship. By exploring critically the image of the
“globalizing Istanbul”, the session encourage papers that focus on a range of social practices in the
city of Istanbul trough which citizenship is enacted “anew” and will consider implications of such
enactments for understanding organization of local welfare, highlighting relational aspects of
citizenship that lead to positive or negative consequences for civil society.
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
Emerging new social groups
Forms of citizenship
Spatial Practices and the Production of Urban Space
Local welfare

3. city & culture
A great impulse to Istanbul’s growing role as a cultural, political and economic arena has been
given from its candidature as European Capital of Culture in 2010. In this respect, this session
highlights the rapid development of the arts and design scene and the blossoming of museums
and cultural institutions (including galleries, libraries and archives) dedicated to contemporary arts,
which are closely linked with a rethinking of the dynamics and interrelations with the urban environment and its citizens.
Therefore, arguably, which are the connections between the cultural production nowadays with the
so called creative industries (especially the design and film industry)? How the city is represented
and questioned through visual arts (photography, new media, graphics design)? How the image of
the city is communicated?
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
Heritage policies: pluralism, nationalism, minorities
Representing the cultural heritage
Arts and creativity in public spaces
Istanbul Biennials
Museums as a space of collecting, shaping memories or creating intercultural dialogues
Design as practice, discipline and culture
Creative industries

abstract guidelines
PhD candidates and young researcher (that are under 40 years old at the time the conference will
be held) interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract of maximum 400 words in
English language by November 17th 2011.
Abstracts should be sent via e-mail to istanbulcityportrait@gmail.com.
Please include the following information: full name, date of birth, affiliation (university/institution), email address, thesis supervisor, working title of the dissertation, four keywords. In the email subject please write the session you want to participate to.
The curators of the International Conference, taking into account the interest of the themes
proposed, will select the papers to be presented during the conference and notify the authors via email by November 22th.

call for paper key dates
call for paper launch
october 17th 2011
deadline for abstract submission
november 17th 2011
notification of acceptance
november 22th 2011

the curators
Teresita Scalco
Moira Valeri
Marco Vani



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