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Island Cities and

Urban Archipelagos

21-25 October 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

A diversity of island cities.

Islands are often associated with peripherality, yet over the course of human history, they have also been important sites of urban development. Many important regional cities and global cities have developed wholly or partially on small islands or archipelagos. Physical separation from the mainland and spatial limitations along with a maritime tradition 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 such island-based cities were located on inland river islands and have since expanded far beyond their original borders (for example, Paris and Strasbourg) while others are still strongly associated with their island cores (for example, Hong Kong and New York City).

Major population centres located on larger, primarily rural islands and archipelagos represent another type of island city. Each of these cities is affected not just by the dynamics at work in urban areas in general but also by the special functions it gains from acting as a metropolis that provides goods and services to rural island hinterlands.

About the conference.

This international, interdisciplinary academic conference explores how island status influences urban development, common attributes of island cities worldwide, and the opportunities that islandness presents for developing urban cultures and economies. It will also consider how and why different island cities have developed in different ways.

The conference will feature presentations on a variety of subjects relating to urban island culture, government, and economy. A variety of fields and disciplines will be covered, including anthropology, archaeology, architecture, arts & design, business, film, folklore, history, literature, planning, political science, public administration, sociology, and tourism. Presentations may concern cases from individual cities or take a comparative approach to understanding what it means to be an urban island.

To propose a presentation, visit the call for papers. The deadline for abstracts is 30 April 2014. If you have any questions, please contact the organisers at icua@islanddynamics.org.

About the location.

The conference will take place in the Baltic island city of Copenhagen, with presentations being held at Kulturhuset Islands Brygge and VerdensKulturCentret.

Delegates will be able to explore Copenhagen as a whole: in Christianshavn, a man-made archipelago from the 1600s, now home to cutting-edge galleries, an opera house, gourmet restaurants, and the counter-cultural bastion of Freetown Christiania; in the North and South Harbours, where luxury residential development meets maritime industry meets traditional fishing; in Tivoli Gardens, established in 1843; in the vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods of Vesterbro and Nørrebro; and on Slotsholm, the seat of Denmark’s cultural, financial, and political power.

Plenary speakers

Saskia Sassen (Columbia University)

Jon Pierre (University of Gothenburg)

Godfrey Baldacchino (University of Malta)

Jonathan Pugh (Newcastle University)

Christian Wichmann Matthiessen (University of Copenhagen)

Brenda S.A. Yeoh (National University of Singapore)

Ilan Kelman (University College London)

Collaborating partners

University of Portsmouth,

Centre for Art, Architecture & Design

Memorial University of Newfoundland,

Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy & Development

University of the Balearic Islands,

Department of Catalan Philology & General Linguistics

Lund University,

Department of Human Geography

Queen’s University Belfast,

School of Geography, Archaeology and Paleoecology

VerdensKulturCentret, Copenhagen

Sharing Copenhagen

Islands cities, past and present

Ambon • Abu Dhabi • Amsterdam • Bruges •  Chongming

Copenhagen • Fukuoka • George Town (Penang)

Gothenburg • Haikou • Havana • Heraklion • Hong Kong Honolulu • Jeju City • Lagos • Macau • Malé • Malmö

Malta • Manila • Miami Beach • Montreal • Mumbai

Naha • New York City • Palma (Majorca) • Palermo

Paris • Portsmouth • Reykjavik • St Petersburg

Strasbourg • Singapore • Stockholm • Taipei

Tromsø • Venice • Xiamen

and others

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