INTREPID Knowledge: Interdisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Research and Collaboration

INTREPID is a recently concluded Cost Action, a 32 country network, led by Olivia Bina, with the overall aim to better understand how to achieve more efficient and effective interdisciplinary research in Europe, in order to enhance our capacity to meet contemporary global (urban) challenges characterised by increasing complexity and uncertainty.

INTREPID’s latest publication is now available online.

INTREPID Knowledge: Interdisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Research and Collaboration is a book that tells the story of INTREPID, and of the journey upon which the network embarked upon. In it, you will find a compendium of highlights from selected works carried out by INTREPID’s three working groups during their 4-year journey, as well as reflections on the experience from the perspective of the participants, and finally – some ideas for an ‘Intrepid future’.

exPERts project final conference (Oct 29-30)

project exPERts, based at the UTH, organises its final conference on October 29 and 30, in the Auditorium Sedas Nunes of ICS-ULisboa.

On the 29th (starting at 16.45) the research team will present the results of the project.

Day 30th will be opened (at 14.30) by a roundtable on the “state of housing” in Portugal – with “State of housing [O estado da habitação]” being the title of a dossier edited by Marco Allegra and Simone Tulumello and recently published on the journal Cidades: Comunidades e Territórios. With the moderation of Luisa Pinto (Público), confirmed speakers are Helena Roseta (MP for Partido Socialista), Ana Silva Fernandes (University of Porto) and Rita Silva (association Habita).

Following the roundtable (at 17.00) the closing event, an AESOP Lecture:

  • Manuel Aalbers (University of Leuven): The Financialization of the City;
  • Iván Tosics (Metropolitan Research Institute): Planning for efficient and inclusive housing.

exPERts is a research project which investigates the role of experts in public policies: through its research on the Programa Especial de Realojamento (Special Rehousing Program, PER), exPERts wants to understand how policy paradigms, practices and techniques are adopted in (and adapted to) specific contexts and policy sectors, and how policy experts make a strategic use their professional knowledge and status to steer the policy process.

The exPERts research team is led by Marco Allegra (principal investigator, ICS-ULisboa). exPERts is a partnership between ICS-ULisboaIGOT-ULisboa, and CIES-IUL; it is funded by the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) with a grant of  €165,000 (ref: PTDC/ATP-EUR/4309/2014) for 36 months. exPERts started in June 2016.



Small Cinemas, Small Spaces, ICS-ULisboa, 25-27/09/2019

The 10th Annual Small Cinemas Conference, co-organised by UTH members Mariana Liz and Pedro Neto, will take place at ICS-ULisboa in Lisbon, Portugal, between 25 and 27 September 2019. Tamara Falicov (Kansas, USA) and Philippe Meers (Antwerp, Belgium) are the confirmed keynote speakers.

‘Small Cinemas, Small Spaces’ aims to discuss matters of space in the cinemas of small nations, with regards to representation, the materiality and marketing of film locations, and production, viewing and exhibition practices in peripheral film cultures. The event brings together scholars exploring notions of space and scale in film, by considering what can be the small spaces of cinema, from early cinematic attractions to the recent dissemination of individual screens and broadcasting digital platforms.

For further information about the conference, please check the conference’s webpage.

The programme is available here. Any questions, please write to the organisers (Mariana Liz, Inês PonteFilipa Rosárioand Pedro Figueiredo Neto).

What Urban Futures? From Crisis to Hope – available on streaming

The ICS-ULisboa conference 2019 What Urban Futures? From Crisis to Hope, organised by the Urban Transitions Hub in cooperation with H2020 Project ROCK is now over (full program available here). After two days of movie screenings and debate the main conference sessions took place on June 5 and June 6. The two days were respectively dedicated to the role of technology in shaping urban futures, and to the politics/rights nexus in an age of climate change.

The two sessions are now available for streaming on the Youtube channel of ICS-ULisboa.

ICS Conference 2019 – movie sessions – posts by Mariana Liz

In preparation of the ICS conference 2019 What Urban Futures? From Crisis to Hope organised by the Urban Transitions Hub in collaboration with H2020 project ROCK, Mariana Liz has published two blog posts as introductions to the movie screening sessions. The first session, on June 3 and introduced by Graça Castanheira, is dedicated to nature and technology; the second session, on June 4 and introduced by João Seixas is dedicated to the transformation of Lisbon.

Both session will take place at Centro Académico do Caleidoscópio, a multi-purpose space of the University of Lisbon, and start at 18.00.

cartaz movies

ICS-ULisboa Conference 2019 “What Urban Futures: From Crisis to Hope”

The Urban Transitions Hub, in cooperation with H2020 project ROCK, will organise the 2019 ICS-ULisboa Conference, with the topic: What Urban Futures: From Crisis to Hope. The main conference will take place on June 5-6, 2019 at ICS-ULisboa, and will be opened by two days of screenings and debates at the Caleidoscopio (ULisboa).

Confirmed speakers so far are: Evgeny Morozov (The New Republic), Vanesa Broto (University of Sheffield ), Melissa García Lamarca (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona), Alberto Vanolo (Università di Torino), Jorge Malheiros (IGOT-ULisboa), Graça CastanheiraJoão Seixas (FCSH-UNL).

Conference rationale

A few decades ago, the rise of globalisation seemed to suggest that the socio-spatial entity that we call the ‘city’ was to be progressively replaced by de-territorialised networks. Yet, today we are told that we are living in an ‘urban age’. The debate around the exact meaning of this return to the ‘urban’ is an important thread in the field of urban studies. While international institutions led by UN-Habitat favour a conception of the urban as a place attracting an increasing share of people from rural areas, critical social sciences have instead focused on the urban as a processual and relational category: that is, on urbanisation, and on its current planetary scale. Notwithstanding the different perspectives, most agree that the processes of urbanisation deserve increased attention in terms of their risks and potentialities.

The relentless process of urbanisation is shaping and reshaping our planet, and contributing to multiple crises (environmental, economic, social and political, to name a few) that are themselves deeply interlocked with global processes of financial accumulation, spatial transformation and social reproduction. In mainstream discussions, the urban is conceived as the place where innovation, accumulation and consumption increasingly happen; where injustice, violence, alienation and detachment are more visible, but also where political organisation and solidarity flourish. Consistent with this perspective, multiple voices have called for a devolution of power to cities – including well known intellectuals such as Richard Florida and Bruce Katz, as well as, for instance, the municipalist network Fearless Cities led by the left-wing mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau.

New seeds of hope are necessary if we are to muddle through these volatile times, and contribute elements of a new vision for an urban planetary future. In line with critical social sciences perspectives, the 2019 edition of ICS-ULisboa Annual Conference calls for a reflection on the urban and its radically open futures, by focusing on the processual and relational dimensions of four topics: politics, rights, nature and technology. The Conference will bring together renowned thinkers and young scholars to discuss the current challenges and hope for our urbanised present and futures.