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Night-Time Wanderings and the Out-of-Place

As I walked home late one night last week, I came upon a scene that perhaps many of us are familiar with. In a dark corner of a quiet area there lay a pair of new looking shoes, laced up and stood together, as if worn by a phantom man (they were a man’s shoes). There was something jarring about the scene. The shoes were too clean to really “belong” on the street, but yet there was nobody in sight, and who goes home without their shoes? After a moment I walked on, of course, but the image stayed with me. I couldn’t help thinking about the circumstances in which those new shoes came to be on that dark street corner.…

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CFP: Broadway Transect

Special Issue of Wildproject: Journal of Environmental Studies

From Sleepy Hollow to Battery Park, Broadway follows the lower Hudson valley down to the New York harbor. Broadway is more than an avenue or a road: it is a fragment of American ground and mythology, and a transect through one of the most urbanized areas of the United States. Its 33 miles of asphalt, culminating at 351 ft. in Yonkers, are an analyzer of the interaction between nature and the city, of the urban diversity of the greater New York area, and of the history of its various communities.

CFP-Broadway-Wildproject explores Broadway from four main vantage points: urban studies, urban ecology, social sciences, and arts & humanities. The editors welcome submissions from urban planners and architects; geologists, entomologists, ecologists and botanists; geographers, historians, sociologists and anthropologists; literature specialists, linguists, artists, curators and fiction writers.…

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CFP: Workshop on Natural Disaster and the City: Historical Perspectives from Southeast Asia and Japan, 1945-2011

Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Convenors: Professor Yoko Hayami and Dr Loh Kah Seng

16-17 January 2013

The workshop invites papers that undertake inter-disciplinary and transnational approaches to the study of natural disasters. It aims to historically contextualise the causes and consequences of disasters and to compare them across societies. The focus is on cities in Southeast Asia and Japan after World War Two, as expressed along three general lines of inquiry.

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