Rethinking Cities in the Global South: Urban Violence, Social Inequality and Spatial Justice

Rohit Negi circulated a Call for Abstracts for a conference to take place 20-22 January 2016 in Mumbai. The conference is the culmination of the IDRC funded project, “People, Places and Infrastructure: Countering Urban Violence and Promoting Peace in Mumbai, Rio and Durban.” I cut-and-pasted the contents of Rohit’s email below. Interested readers can find more information about the conference here.


Call for Abstracts – Rethinking Cities in the Global South: Urban Violence, Social Inequality and Spatial Justice

January 20, 21 and 22, 2016, ​Mumbai, India – INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

The conference is being organized by the Centre for Urban Policy and Governance at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in partnership with  Instituto de Pesquisa e Planejamento Urbano e Regional, Rio and University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban as the culmination of a three year research on “People, Places and Infrastructure: Countering Urban Violence and Promoting Peace in Mumbai, Rio and Durban” funded by the International Development Research Centre, IDRC as part of their Safe And Inclusive Cities project. The major theoretical frameworks, empirical findings, and case studies from the project will be shared during the course of the conference through specific panels and presentations as well as field visits in Mumbai.

This conference invites academics, students, community activists, trade unions, political activists, urban practitioners, state actors, planners, engineers, architects, policy makers, and NGOs who are engaged in research, advocacy, campaigns and movements to promote social and spatial justice in cities situated in the global south. The two and half day international conference to be held in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai hopes to provide a space to facilitate a discussion and deliberation across groups and individuals with diverse opinions about these issues, to sow the seeds of a global south-south network cutting across these issues, and to develop an urban agenda for the global south.

The conference will feature international speakers, urban academics and activists from the global south as well as local urban practitioners and students. There will be paper presentations and panel discussions, plenaries and key note addresses. The organizers also hope to enliven the conference venue through poster and photography exhibitions, local music, street art and plays. Conference participants will be given a sneak peek into the Maximum City’s diverse neighbourhoods through field trips organized in collaboration with local non-governmental organisations and community groups.


We invite interested authors, academics, students, practitioners and activists for paper presentations.

Abstract submission: The abstract submission will be open from the 15th of May 2015. The deadline for abstract submission is July 31st 2015, 6.00 pm E.S.T.Abstracts for proposed papers should be 500 words and should be submitted at the following id:

Abstracts should contain the following information:

  1. A synthesis of the issues to be addressed in the paper, the key arguments underlying them, the empirical and/or the theoretical basis, and the structure of the paper in 500 words.
  2. The contact of the author(s): Name(s), affiliation, address, and an e-mail address

Final paper: Upon selection by a Selection Committee, authors will receive more detailed instructions about the full paper by 30th of September 2015.The final paper will be around 20,000 characters long. It is due by the 15th of December 2015, 6.00 pm E.S.T. The full papers have to be submitted to the following id:

About nicholasjoncrane

Associate Professor of Geography and International Studies at the University of Wyoming
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