Past CITY Conferences

The IAFOR International Conference on the City is an exciting addition to our global conference calendar. It places the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary tenets of The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) at the very heart of multiple academic approaches to the city, from the development of the classic city states east and west, to the emergence of the vast organisms that are our modern cities.

CITY brings together delegates from many different national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to Barcelona, Spain, to present new research and exchange ideas. This exceptional platform welcomes speakers and delegates for challenging debate and stimulating discussions around the latest concepts and newest approaches.

IAFOR's conferences are encouraging and nurturing environments where ideas can be shared and tested, where research synergies and collaborations can be formed, and where some of the biggest names in the field have the opportunity to interact with up-and-coming faculty members.

IAFOR’s cultural and area studies conferences are organised in partnership with universities such as Monash University in Australia; the University of Barcelona, Spain; Moscow State University in Russia; Birkbeck, University of London; Lehigh University and Northwestern, USA; University of Indonesia; Waseda University and the University of Tokyo, as well as such groups as the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, and feature programmes developed by leading academics to ensure both timeliness and academic rigour.


Conference Theme: “The City: Site and History”

July 16–18, 2016 | NH Collection Barcelona Constanza, Barcelona, Spain

The IAFOR International Conference on the City, held for the first time in 2016, brought together 88 delegates to consider some of the following questions: How have cities taken on their different shapes – residencies, commercial quarters, waves of settlement and expansion? Why have they taken on specific locations – riverside geographies, trade routes, fortification, population flows, religion, food, migration? How has their siting played into history, politics and culture?

Our conference theme for 2016, “City: Site and History”, generated an exciting interdisciplinary response from scholars and practitioners in the arts, humanities and (social) sciences, from artists and writers to urban planners, designers and futurists.

Keynote and Featured Speakers included renowned critic and theorist Professor Bill Ashcroft of the University of NSW, Australia, a founding exponent of post-colonial theory and co-author of The Empire Writes Back, the first text to systematically examine the field of post-colonial studies, and Alonso Carnicer, an award–winning News Reporter for TV3 in Spain, who spoke about Barcelona’s shanty towns, among others.