Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2016

Organization: Island Dynamics

Venue: University of Hong Kong

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Event Date/Time: Mar 07, 2016 End Date/Time: Mar 11, 2016
Registration Date: Dec 31, 2015
Early Registration Date: Sep 30, 2015
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 15, 2015
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Keynote Speakers: John Urry, Stephen Graham, Elaine Stratford

Conference Theme: This conference brings together researchers from across the globe to explore urban life on islands and archipelagos. Islands are often associated with peripherality, yet they have long been important sites for the growth of cities. Physical separation from the mainland and spatial limitations can encourage the transport of products and ideas, improved defence infrastructure, construction of social capital, consolidation of political power, formation of vibrant cultures, and concentration of population. Some island cities were located on inland river islands and have since expanded far beyond their original borders while others are still strongly associated with their island cores.

Fostering dialogue between the fields of island studies and urban studies, this interdisciplinary conference will feature presentations that explore and critique the varied connections between the urban and the insular from a diversity of perspectives on culture, planning, politics, architecture, economy, and environment in island cities worldwide. We welcome papers and panels focusing on individual case studies as well comparative analyses and conceptual frames.

Presentations are invited to address questions such as:

• How does islandness sustain processes of urbanisation?

• How can urban planning and urban design address the challenges faced by island societies?

• Why are islands historically privileged sites for urban development?

•  How does islandness influence urban cultures?

•  What roles do island cities play in national, regional, and global frameworks and processes?

• How does urbanisation affect island society and environment?

• How does island city status affect distributions of political authority?

• How do urban archipelagos relate to their hinterlands and oceanic environments?

• How are island cultures reconstituted in (mainland) urban diasporas?

• What challenges do island environments pose to urban development and planning?

• How does the particular mobility of island populations shape the development of island cities?

• What other topics are critical to the future of island cities?

How to Make a Presentation: The deadline for abstracts is 16 August 2015. However, to take advantage of early registration rates and ensure that you have time to seek funding from your institution or government, we recommend that you submit your abstract early:


Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Hong Kong


Island Dynamics
Lergravsvej 53, 3. sal
Copenhagen S
University of Hong Kong, School of English, Faculty of Arts

National Taiwan Normal University, Department of Geography
University of Copenhagen, Centre of Global South-Asian Studies

University of the Philippines Manila, Department of Social Sciences

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers:

John Urry (Lancaster University)

Arjun Appadurai (New York University)

Elaine Stratford (University of Tasmania)

Stephen Graham (Newcastle University)

Additional Information

Collaborating Partners: University of Hong Kong's School of English, Faculty of Arts; National Taiwan Normal University's Department of Geography; University of Copenhagen's Centre of Global South-Asian Studies; and University of the Philippines Manila's Department of Social Sciences.