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CIES - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology

Abstract Deadline: March 16, 2007
Paper Deadline: May 30, 2008

This conference, which uses Open Conference Systems developed by the Public Knowledge Project, enables participants to submit abstracts online at

Presentations can include:

• Single papers (abstract max of 250 words)

Call for Papers Announcement


Submissions exceeding 6,000 words (including all figures, tables, references, and notes) will not be considered. Papers should be 1,5 spaced, including references, notes, and quotations. Please use Times New Roman 12 pt. for the text. Include author’s name after the title.

Quotations should be indicated in the text in parentheses. Each reference should include: author’ surname, publisher, date and page. E.g.:

(Velho, 1994: 44)

Bibliography must appear at the end of the article in alphabetic order of author’s surnames in the following way:

Author’s (or editor's) surname, author’s name, date, original date in square brackets (optional), title (italicized), place, publisher. E.g.:

WHYTE, William Foote, 1981 [1943], Street Corner Society. The social structure of an Italian Slum, Chicago and London, The University of Chicago Press.

For articles in reviews and collective books the reference should appear in the following way:

Author's surname, author’s name, date, title in quotation marks, collective book or review title (italicized), volume and/or review number – or place of edition and publisher – and pages. E.g.:

SIGNORELLI, Amalia, 1999, “La antropología urbana: recorridos teóricos” in Antropologia Urbana, Barcelona, Anthropos Editorial, 67-88.

BREITBORDE, Lawrence B., 1994, “Urban Anthropology in the 1990s: W(h)ither the City? An Introduction”, City and Society, 7(1), 4-10.

Submit your paper online, preferently in a PDF version. You can also submit in Word or HTML.

If you have difficulties follow the steps:

1. Select “Abstract and Paper Submission” at the bottom of the main page of the conference site;
2. Login with your username and password (given by the organization when you submited your abstract)
3. Select your title
4. At the top of the page you will find: “Document metadata/ Document Submission/ Preferences”. Select “Document Submission”
5. Click at “Search” to search your file in the computer
6. Select whether it is a PDF paper or Word or HTML
7. At the end of the page select “preview and continue”
at the end of the page, under your paper, select “submit”


O artigo não deve exceder as 6.000 palavras. O corpo de texto deve ser em Times New Roman, tamanho 12 e espaçamento entre-linhas de 1,5. A identificação do(s) autor(es) deve figurar a seguir ao título.

Normas de citação:
As citações deve aparecer entre aspas e devem ser acompanhadas pela referência ao apelido do autor, à data de edição da obra citada e ao número de página. Exemplo:

(Velho, 1994: 44)

Todas as obras citadas ou referenciadas devem estar compiladas no final do artigo, por ordem alfabética do apelido dos autores, com a indicação data da edição consultada e, eventualmente, da data de edição original (entre parêntesis recto), título completo em itálico, local de edição e editora.

WHYTE, William Foote, 1981 [1943], Street Corner Society. The social structure of an Italian Slum, Chicago and London, The University of Chicago Press.

Nos artigos ou contribuições para obras colectivas, o título do artigo ou contribuição deve vir entre aspas, seguido da indicação em itálico da revista ou título da obra colectiva, da indicação do volume e número da revista – ou local de edição e editora da obra -, e das páginas correspondentes ao artigo ou contribuição citada. Exemplos:

SIGNORELLI, Amalia, 1999, “La antropología urbana: recorridos teóricos” in Antropologia Urbana, Barcelona, Anthropos Editorial, 67-88.

BREITBORDE, Lawrence B., 1994, “Urban Anthropology in the 1990s: W(h)ither the City? An Introduction”, City and Society, 7(1), 4-10.

O paper deve ser enviado online, de preferência em formato PDF. Poderá também enviar em Word ou HTML.

Se tiver dificuldades, siga as instruções:

1 - Clique em “Abstract and Paper Submission” no fim da página principal do site da conferência;
2 - Faça o login com o seu username e a sua password (que foram previamente fornecidos, quando da submissão do abstract online
3 - Seleccione o seu título
4 - No topo da página encontra: “Document metadata/ Document Submission/ Preferences”. Seleccione “Document Submission”
5 - Clique em Procurar para procurer o seu paper
6 - Seleccione PDF, Word ou HTML conforme o formato do seu documento
7 - No fim da página, seleccione “preview and continue”
8 - No fim da página, sob o texto do seu paper, seleccione “submit”.


All abstracts will be reviewed by invited referees.

We welcome papers which address the following and other themes:

  • T01 – Politics, power and negotiating processes

    The city is a space of power and negotiation. What politics define and stipulate life in the urban territories? Recognizing that relationships of power are negotiated in the different urban contexts of interaction, what kind of relationships are those? What agents, such as associations and social movements among others, produce politics in and of the city?

  • T02 – Social movements: cultural practices and contexts

    Social movements are also protagonists of the city, crucial agents that define a city as contestant and ‘alternative’. Which types of circuits and contexts of interaction and sociability are defined by social movements? Which symbolic references are created by them? And what cultural practices are transformed by them? By these and other means, do social movements have a say in the great urban kaleidoscope?

  • T03 – Communication and mediation: awkward relations between immigrants and institutions.

    Administrative professionals and immigrated populations have different reality readings which turn into different kinds of answers in both sides of the relationship. With what difficulties are immigrants confronted in the institutional encounter? What kind of strategies of resistance and adaptation do they develop to answer to difficulties raised in those situations?

  • T04 – Informal economies in urban contexts

    Informality as an alternative way of life to formal economy may appear as a kind of adaptation or as resistance to imposed formal systems. Which rules and languages can we use to define informal economies? Where and how do they show up? Who may we define as actors and receivers, inside and outside of the institutionalized system?

  • T05 – Politics, practices and urban identities

    Cities are places of diversity and cultural effervescence. What kind of relationships can we find between culture and arts on the one hand and economy and politics on the other hand? How European, national and local politics are articulated in the process of democratization of culture? What identity strategies mediate the level of practices and the level of politics in urban context? What role is played by variables such as class, ethnicity, gender, etc., in social analysis of cultural practices

  • T06 – Built Spaces, conflict and social inequalities in the enlarged city

    Endurance and change are permanently articulated and re-built in the renewal of urban building. Public and private actors associate and oppose themselves along construction processes increasingly marked by great visibility; objects of intense conflict. How do construction practices intervene in the creation of new and old patterns of urban social inequality? What configurations of interests and images of the city - the metropolitan populations, "users", “residents” and spaces - are created and recreated in the social construction of urban space?

  • T07 – Urban territories planning, design and uses of urban space

    The organization of city space involves a set of complex relationships between political actors, architects and populations. What type of negotiation is carried out between the several instances implicated in these processes? What is the role of public space architecture in our days? And, being aware of a gap between the conception of space and its daily uses; what kind of strategies both architects and populations use in order to negotiate the organization of space?

  • T08 – Movement, flows and uses of public space

    In the past, as today, the movement in the city produces politics, technician know-how and everyday life experiences. From pedestrian sidewalks to circulation in highways, from information flows to the collection of urban garbage, there are multiple contexts where we can analyze the way the city constitutes and is constituted by the movement of information, people and goods. What different flows construct urban spaces – public, collective, exteriors – and by which anchor processes these flows fix themselves in territories?

  • T09 – Work, territories and organizations – restructuration and life styles

    The division of social labour is being increasingly intensified at a planetary scale. From the industrial city to the contemporary metropolitan area; spaces, times and organizational forms of labour are being reconfigured (for example, night-work, second jobs, itinerating jobs, etc…). Do life styles are being changed, together with the process of interdependence between the central city and the peripheral city? What changes in the world of labour are reverberated in the cities and its organization?

  • T10 - Dispersion / concentration: urban socialization in the splintered city

    Marked by the concentration of elites in specific zones and by processes of ‘ghettization’; the city appears as a segregated space, with niches of wealth and poverty (closed condominiums, popular quarters, high-specialized commercial spaces, etc.). Which logics of distinction and what discrimination processes generate this splintered city? And what relational processes of transgression dilute the borders within the city?

  • T11 - World-City/Cities in the World? Competition and hierarchy, differentiation and fragmentation

    The proportion of urban population in the world is growing. The destiny of cities and urban territories depends on a global scale process of competition and differentiation. How to analyse the relations between the world economy dynamics and the spatial, social and political differentiation occurring in the urbanized world? What old and new urban and economic action models are being recreated? Which groups or classes, economic or cultural millieux stand at the forefront of urban and economic change, and which ones stand at less visible positions?

  • Please send an abstract of approximately 250 words and a short biography/Vita by March 16th, 2007. We accept papers in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. Authors should let us know in which language they prefer to present their papers. INCLUDE LANGUAGE PREFERENCES IN YOUR BIOGRAPHY
    Authors will be noticed by April 2nd, 2007. Completed Papers expected by May 16th, 2007. See paper guidelines upper.

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