The programme and online registration for ‘Shadow Cities: realities and
representations’ are now available. The conference will be held on 6-7
July 2011 at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square,
London WC1B 5DR, UK.
More than a billion people live in improvised dwellings or shanty towns
in the early 21st century. Whether in inner cities or on the outskirts
of a metropolis, these settlements have been dubbed 'Shadow Cities' by
Robert Neuwirth. The aim of this conference is to investigate and
explain the historical existence of shadow cities, their varying nature
in different historical and geographical circumstances, the living
conditions and experiences of their inhabitants, and the perceptions or
representations of such settlements.
As well as keynote speakers Derek Keene (IHR), Nandini Gooptu (Oxford),
Alan Mayne (University of South Australia) and Susan Parnell (University
of Cape Town), there will be panel sessions on ‘Possibilities and
constraints in the historical agency of residents’; ‘South American
“Ciudades en la Sombra”’; ‘Shadow cities in socialist Eastern Europe’,
‘Creating or regulating shadow cities for “indigenous populations”’,
‘Unexpected shadow cities?’; and ‘Shanty towns, spatial urban geography
and transport’. Countries and cities explored include Santiago de Chile,
Caribbean Colombia, Argentina, Cape Town, Colonial Khartoum, Nairobi,
Cairo, Athens, Yugoslavia, the USSR, and India.
See the conference webpage: www.history.ac.uk/shadow-cities.