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Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2016.

07-12 March 2016, Hong Kong

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This conference brought together researchers from across the globe to explore urban life on islands and archipelagos.

Islands are often associated with peripherality, yet they have long been important sites for the growth of cities. Physical separation from the mainland and spatial limitations can encourage the transport of products and ideas, improved defence infrastructure, construction of social capital, consolidation of political power, formation of vibrant cultures, and concentration of population. Some island cities were located on inland river islands and have since expanded far beyond their original borders while others are still strongly associated with their island cores.

Fostering dialogue between the fields of island studies and urban studies, this interdisciplinary conference featured presentations that explored and critiqued the varied connections between the urban and the insular from a diversity of perspectives on culture, planning, politics, architecture, economy, and environment in island cities worldwide.

Keynote speakers.

John Urry (Lancaster University)

Elaine Stratford (University of Tasmania)

Stephen Graham (Newcastle University)

C.Y. Jim (University of Hong Kong)

Sean Mallon (Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa)

Vilsoni Hereniko (University of Hawaii, USA)

Collaborating partners.

University of Hong Kong,

School of English, Faculty of Arts

Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences

Lund University,

Department of Human Geography

National Taiwan Normal University,

Graduate Institute of Environmental Education

Zhejiang University,

Ocean College

University of Copenhagen,

Centre of Global South-Asian Studies

University of the Philippines Manila,

Department of Social Sciences

Chu Hai College of Higher Education,

Department of Architecture

School of Law at Queen Mary, University of  London,

Centre for Small States