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Call for Presentations International Conference “City and Culture”

Unit of Urban and Rural Sociology and Unit of Sociology of Culture and Civilization at Institute of Sociology University of Wroclaw, Impart 2016 Festival Center, Municipality of Wroclaw in cooperation with Polish Sociological Association (Section of Urban Sociology and Wroclaw branch) would like to invite academics and researchers to participate in an international scientific conference “City and Culture”.

Important deadline: 20th March 2017 – abstract submission. 

20-22 September 2017, Wrocław, Poland

The conference will take place in Wroclaw - the city which hosted the European Capital of Culture 2016. This event was a unique opportunity for creators, organizers and researchers of culture to scrutinize the processes affecting the local field of culture and cultural production.

Although it was Wroclaw that won the title of the European Capital of Culture in 2016, the bidding processes highlighted the importance of cultural policies in urban development - the topic which has been widely discussed in all candidate cities. Recent years have also yielded many interesting academic analyses on culture prepared in Gdansk, Poznan and Warsaw by experts in sociology and cultural studies.

Juxtaposition of the two concepts which lay at the core of the conference - city and culture - is based on a firm conviction that culture has the function of creating cityness and a city has the function of creating culture. Although the specificity of urban culture can be debatable, the fact that cityness becomes visible through the cultural life of the a city is indisputable. Cultural life in / of a city is a form of socializing inhabitants and a way of creating values in public sphere. Culture is the basic asset and a set of values of a city which interconnect various aspects of its inhabitants’ life.

All researchers interested in the theme of the conference are welcome to submit abstracts. Presentations focused on the processes rooted in the cultural field which reproduce and alter the social order of the city, on the today’s dynamics of culture but also revealing the more established trends in the future developments of culture and city are particularly welcome.


We suggest the following sub-themes and questions:

1. Urban culture

  • condition, diversity and prospects of urban culture in Poland and Europe
  • patterns, practices and scenes of participation and non-participation in culture
  • cultural education, participatory culture and audience development
  • city as a cultural space
  • the role of urban culture in the face of diversity

2. Culture and urban policies and development strategies

  • culture and market - culture of events vs participatory culture 
  • culture and development - creativity, innovations and new technologies in culture
  • culture and social policy - social change and social integration
  • culture in urban development strategies

3. What remains? The impact of European Capital of Culture

  • efficiency and sustainability of ECoC
  • narratives on European Capitals of Culture            
  • the role and function of ECoCs in European and local policies

4. Researching culture and researching city

  • methodological challenges in researching urban culture
  • new methods and tools in researching culture

Scientific Board:
prof. dr hab. Adam Chmielewski (Institute of Philosophy, University of Wroclaw)
dr Zina Jarmoszuk (Polish Film Institute)
dr hab. Katarzyna Kajdanek, prof. UWr (Institute of Sociology, University of Wroclaw)

dr Kamila Kamińska (Institute of Educational Sciences University of Wroclaw, The University Network of European Capitals of Culture (UNeECC)
prof. dr hab. Marek Krajewski (Institute of Sociology, University of Adam Mickiewicz, Poznan)

Organizational Board:
dr Ewa Banaszak (Institute of Sociology, University of Wroclaw)
dr hab. Mateusz Błaszczyk (Institute of Sociology, University of Wroclaw)
dr hab. Katarzyna Kajdanek, prof. UWr (Institute of Sociology, University of Wroclaw)
dr Jacek Pluta (Institute of Sociology, University of Wroclaw)

Secretary’s Office:
mgr Paulina Olejniczak-Brząkała, Jolanta Banaś (Institute of Sociology, University of Wroclaw)


Participation costs:

  • Full: EUR 130 covers formal dinner, coffee and lunch breaks during the conference, publication costs after a positive review, conference materials
  • Partial: EUR 80 covers formal dinner, coffee and lunch breaks during the conference, conference materials


Important deadlines

  • 20th March 2017 – abstract submission (1500 characters with spaces) sent to the e-mail address:
  • 24th April 2017 – sending feedback information from the Organizers to Participants on acceptance of abstracts, sending a draft version of the Conference Programme and organizational information.
  • 1st July 2017 - deadline for payment of the conference fee.

The fee needs to be sent to the bank account no: PL 56 1090 2398 0000 0001 1108 0646

Swift Code: WBK PPL PP

Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. 1. O/Wrocław, ul. Rynek 9/11; 50-950 Wrocław

PLEASE INCLUDE the title of the payment: “Conference No. 7003/2046/17 City and Culture - Name and Surname of the Participant”

  • 20-22nd September  – CONFERENCE “CITY AND CULTURE”
  • 23rd October 2017 – submission of articles ready for publication


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