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Spaces and Flows: An International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

Spaces and Flows Conference 2010


Welcome to the website of the 2010 Spaces and Flows: An International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies. The conference will be held at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA from 4-5 December 2010.

This conference aims to critically engage the contemporary and ongoing spatial, social, ideological, and political transformations in a transnational, global, and neoliberal world. In a process-oriented world of flows and movement, we posit, the global north and global south now simultaneously converge and diverse in a dialectic that shapes and transforms cities, suburbs, and rural areas. This conference addresses the mapping of, the nature of, and the forces that propel these processural changes.

We invite prospective participants to submit a presentation proposal for one of the following parallel session options: a 30-minute paper; a 60-minute workshop; a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session; or a virtual session. We also encourage innovative presentation formats, such as roundtables, staged dialogues, screenings and performances. Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream forms a talking circle, an informal forum for focused discussion of issues and conference themes.

Participants may choose to submit written papers before or after the conference for possible publication in the peer reviewed Spaces and Flows: An International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies. Virtual participants also have the option to submit papers for consideration by the journal. All registered conference participants receive a complimentary online subscription to the journal when registration is finalised. This subscription is valid until one year after the conference end-date.

If you would like to know more about this conference, bookmark the Spaces and Flows Conference website and return for further information and regular updates. You may also wish to subscribe to ‘The Image’, the Newsletter of the conference and journal.

For all inquiries, please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

All registered participants (including virtual participants) have the option to submit papers to Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies. Papers submitted for publication will be fully refereed through a peer review process. The publication decision is based on the referees’ reports. For more information about the journal please visit the Publish Your Paper page.


Today, new social processes and political forces interconnect to create transformed spaces in United States metropolitan and regional areas. Turbulent and fluid metropolitan environments like Los Angeles are the leading edges of changing social relations, kinds of economic activities, educational dynamics and systems, housing stocks, and patterns of government involvement in an era of globalization, transnationalism, and neoliberalization. While globalization “narrows” and homogenizes the world, transnationalism and neoliberalization introduce new populations, cultural assemblages, social relations and spaces, and new kinds of government activity across America. As a special theme in this inaugural conference, we will map and explain these currently transforming metropolitan areas, including a case study focus on Los Angeles and its hinterland. What forces and processes are acting on and circulating in Los Angeles and other similar places? What kinds of new social relations and spaces are being created? What kinds of physical changes are now occurring in these places? What kinds of inequalities are being fostered? What resistances are emerging to counter growing socio-spatial inequalities in these environments?