The European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) 2021 conference will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus but will take a hybrid approach. If there continue to be pandemic restrictions in place by August 2021, the conference will be fully online

Unsettled Settlements: Housing in Unstable Contexts

Having as a starting point the complexity of factors that have shaped Nicosia though time, the conference seeks to understand conditions of the unsettled and the respective challenges posed to housing. Contemporary everyday life is characterized by diverse manifestations of instability (urban conflicts and contestations, revolutions in political life, terrorism, internal displacements and mobility, migration, global forces vs local socio-spatial realities) which continuously challenge and redefine cities’ infrastructures. The experience of urban life in such contexts—transient, fragmented, changeable and unpredictable— contrasts to concepts of dwelling based on stability, permanence, locality and a sense of belonging. Unsettling practices (whether they involve displacement through war conflicts, market-led gentrification or local communities’ initiatives) simultaneously challenge the production of housing environments and dwellings which many times takes place against a backdrop painted by uncertainty and change.

The proposed umbrella topic aims to explore and understand uncertainties and instabilities which shape contemporary urban living, to unveil critical concerns on the impact of such unsettling practices on the production of housing environments and to foster an inquiry into potential responses in the form of policies, governance, social innovation, community initiatives and planners’ investments.

Important dates

  • Call for abstracts/open registration: 01.02.2021
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 30.04.2021
  • Notification of abstract approval: 31.05.2021
  • Deadline for Early bird for Registration: 30.06.2021
  • Full papers deadline: 30.06.2021
  • Papers to be considered for the Bengt Turner Award: 30.06.2021

For full conference details including abstract submission please visit the conference website here

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