ESA Moving Cities abstracts update and additional activities

Dear colleague,

We would like to update the conference information: about the program and the abstracts, two invitations to the additional conference events.

1)      We started working on the preliminary program, which should be published at the beginning of June. The final version will be available shortly after the end of registration (June 17th).

2)      Please be reminded that if you want to make any changes in abstract or title of your presentation you have to send us the final version not later than May 15th.

3)      We really hope you would like to take part in the conference associated events:

          “Jogging Moving Cities” on Thursday, 30th  June – the only thing you need are running shoes (more info below).

          If you plan to stay in Krakow for the weekend, you can take part in the workshop “Future on my Mind – Communication and Participation in the Local Community” on Saturday, 2nd July (morning). The workshop call is available on the page (on-line registration – first-come, first-served rule applies). Please note that the number of places is only 15.


Information about other special events will be send with the preliminary program.


Best regards,

Marta Smagacz-Poziemska, Karol Kurnicki
Local organizing committee



  WENDESDAY, 29.06 THURSDAY, 30.06 FRIDAY, 01.07
9.30 – 11.00   Key note speech Key note speech
11.00 – 11.30 Opening Coffee break Coffee break
11.30 – 13.00 Opening Key note speech Sessions 3 Sessions 5
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch break Lunch break Lunch break
14.30 – 16.00 Sessions 1 Key note speech Sessions 6
16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break Coffee break 4 Coffee break
16.30 – 18.00 Sessions 2 Sessions 4 Sessions 7


Track 1 – Methodological approaches to the moving city
Lígia Ferro (CIES, ISCTE-IUL, IS-UP) and João Teixeira Lopes (IS-UP)

Track 2- Moving cities: between structure and agency. Urban institutions and the pop-up city
Marta Smagacz-Poziemska (IS – JU) and Marta Klekotko (IS – JU)

Track 3- Social processes in the globalised moving city
M. Victoria Gómez (UC3M) and Juan Jose Villalon (UNED)

Track 4- Dynamics and meanings of public spaces in the moving city
Patrícia Pereira (CICS.NOVA, FCSH-UNL), Luís Baptista (CICS.NOVA, FCSH-UNL)

Track 5- Changing Neighbourhoods in the Moving City
Sebastian Kurtenbach (ISS-ZEFIR) and Jan Üblacker (FWGW).

POSTERS for networking, future projects, looking for research partners.

Open Sessions

Track 1

Track 1 – Methodological approaches to the moving city
Lígia Ferro (CIES, ISCTE-IUL, IS-UP) and João Teixeira Lopes (IS-UP)

Urban studies are based on multiple theories and methodologies and result from shared objects of study by a diversity of areas of knowledge. In this context of interdisciplinarity we dare urban sociologists and other social scientists studying contemporary cities to think about the possibilities of crossing knowledge and scales of analysis when approaching urban life. How can different methodological approaches contribute to understand “the urban”? What are the main theoretical, epistemological and ethical challenges when we work on an interdisciplinary background to study the city? Can we really separate theory and methodology when analysing urban life? We invite colleagues working on multiple objects and backgrounds to discuss these and other questions starting from their concrete investigations.

Track 3

Track 3- Social processes in the globalised moving city
M. Victoria Gómez (UC3M) and Juan Jose Villalon (UNED)

Economic globalisation, crisis, migratory flows as much as the political responses to these processes intersect at the urban space. Some scholars have defended visions that emphasise the idea of de-territorialisation and undervalue the importance of local dynamics fostered by globalisation. Nevertheless the importance of local urban areas as the locus of the most relevant social processes seems to be increasing nowadays. The track aims at exploring the dialectic between the global and the local by examining the set of issues, practices and processes that take place in contemporary cities, from segregation, marginalisation and exclusion in their various forms, to potential new dynamics of solidarity and strengthening of feelings of belonging.

Sasskia Sassen

1 saskia zurich in greenSaskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University ( Her new book isExpulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy(Harvard University Press 2014). Recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages ( Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization(W.W.Norton 2007), and the 4th fully updated edition of Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2012). Among older books are The Global City (Princeton University Press 1991/2001), andGuests and Aliens (New Press 1999). Her books are translated into over 20 languages. She is the recipient of diverse awards and mentions, including multiple doctor honoris causa, named lectures, and being selected as one of the top global thinkers on diverse lists. Most recently she was awarded the Principe de Asturias 2013 Prize in the Social Sciences and made a member of the Royal Academy of the Sciences of Netherland.

Open Sessions

If your work does not fit in the tracks, you can submit your proposal to the open sessions.