‘Comparative Urban Studies’ School

Amsterdam School for Social Science Research
University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
1-12 July 2011

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Summer school and conference location

Conference location
The conference will be held in the historic Oudemanhuispoort (OMHP) complex of the University of Amsterdam.
Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam
You can find a map and directions here.

Summer school location
Most of the summer school meetings are at the same complex as the conference. You will be in different rooms there:

  • Friday 1 Julÿ: OMHP C3.17
  • Saturday 2 July through Thursday 7 July: OMHP C1.17
  • Monday 11 July: OMHP A2.01

There are a few exceptions however

The afternoon sessions of July 4 and July 6 are around the corner from the Oudemanhuispoort in the Binnengasthuis complex, room 2.13.
You can find a map and directions here.

The location for Sunday 10 July is:
School for International Training
Herengracht 513 (@ Vijzelstraat)
1017 BV Amsterdam, Netherlands

You can find a map here.

Research Committee 21 (RC21) of the International Sociology Association, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies (FURS) and the University of Amsterdam invite applications for 25 places on our second collaborative School on Comparative Urban Studies, to be held in Amsterdam from 1-12 July 2011. The School is being held in conjunction with the RC21 Conference on the theme of “The struggle for home: Belonging and diversity in 21st century urban settings”, to be held on 7-9 July.

School themes
The School will address three broad themes:

  1. The value added of comparative research in urban studies and the changing nature of the urban question. How and why are cities across the world changing, and with what consequences?
  2. What new research tools and methodologies are appropriate to making sense of the changes occurring in contemporary urban society? How should we make use of or combine, ethnographic research and the analysis of quantitative data?
  3. Are our theories appropriate for the study of contemporary urban form and society, especially in the global South where we often apply theories of the global North without regard to the specificities of old and new urban contexts in the South?

Lectures will cover topics cutting across these themes considering the theory and practice of comparison, linking theory and method, and providing insights into quantitative and ethnographic methods.

The School follows the precedent of the inaugural School held in São Paulo in 2009 in providing younger scholars with an opportunity to learn from established scholars, from diverse disciplines and parts of the world, through both formal classes and informal interaction. The School will also help younger scholars to present, discuss and prepare for publication their own work. Formal sessions will be spread across seven days. Each session will comprise presentations by senior scholars will give presentations or form a discussion panel, discussions, and student presentations. Participants will be required to prepare in advance and complete assignments during the School. In addition one day will be set aside for dedicated sessions of how to get work published (both as books and in journals) and how to raise funds for research. Participants will also be able to enroll on guided tours around parts of Amsterdam, and time will be scheduled for them to meet informally with senior scholars for detailed comments on their assignments, with the goal of helping students to learn how to prepare and organize work for presentation at an international conference and publication in an international journal. Participants will receive an e-reader with the syllabus well in advance. The language of the School will be English. Students will also be required to present a paper at and participate fully in the RC21 conference.

Speakers at the School will include: Isa Baud (U. of Amsterdam), Talja Blokland (Humboldt U. at Berlin), Anouk de Koning (U. of Amsterdam) Ewald Engelen (U. of Amsterdam), Philip Kasinitz (City U. of New York), Yuri Kazepov (University of Urbino and President of RC21), Patrick Le Galès (Sciences-Po, Paris), John Mollenkopf (City U. of New York), Clara Mulder (U. of Amsterdam), Jenny Robinson (University College London), Mike Savage (U. of Manchester), Jeremy Seekings (U. of Cape Town and co-editor of IJURR), AbdouMaliq Simone (Goldsmiths College, London) and Jeroen van der Waal (Erasmus U.).

The fee for the course is 750 Euro. This amount covers the organizational costs and includes shared accommodation for 11 nights (in double rooms), a welcome reception, the e-reader and the final dinner. For those who do not need accommodation, the fee is 300 Euro.

Funding from FURS and RC21 allows us to offer approx. 15 scholarships to students from developing countries (classified as B or C by the ISA (see: http://www.isa-sociology.org/table_c.htm). Scholarships will provide a flat rate contribution to travel expenses, local shared accommodation from 1 to 12 July, and fees for the School and the Conference. The scholarships will not cover daily subsistence expenses (meals, local transportation costs, …).

Application forms are available online (inserisci il link alla pagina application). The deadline for applications is 31st January 2011, but applicants are required to have submitted an abstract for the conference within the December 21st, 2010 deadline.




Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies International Journal of Urban and Regional Research