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Cultural Typhoon in Europe (CTE), 2017 / International Conference

Beware, Utopia! Virtual, Actual And Past Visions of Urban Futures

Deadline: May 16, 2017

Time:              Sept 22–24 2017


Venue:            Nürnberg, Germany
(at HEIZHAUS / grounds of the QUELLE mail-order-firm)

Organizers:   Institute for Applied Heterotopia, Nürnberg
Institute for Near Eastern and East Asian Cultures and Civilizations,
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

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Important dates:

Call for contributions:                          opened on April 6, 2017
Call for contributions deadline:         EXTENDED!
May 16, 2017
Notification of acceptance:                  May 20, 2017

  1. What is the „Cultural Typhoon in Europe“ (CTE)?

>>> The idea of this event is inspired by the Cultural Typhoon, an international conference taking place annually in Japan since 2003, bringing together academics, artists and activists at stimulating locations. This year’s CTE in Nürnberg tries to carry on the enthusiastic spirit of the first European Cultural Typhoon which took place in Vienna in 2016.

  1. About the CTE in Nürnberg

>>> The Cultural Typhoon in Europe (CTE) provides a forum for young scholars (with a specialization in Media and Cultural Studies, Urban Planning, Anthropology or the Social Sciences) as well as social activists and artists with an interest in urban cultures and politics or textual and visual representations of the (future) city. Taking place at HEIZHAUS, a cultural laboratory of a realized urban utopia next to the grounds of Nürnberg’s QUELLE mail-order firm – now being a space of contestation regarding its future usage – we couldn’t have thought of a more suitable place to match the subject and the venue of this year’s Cultural Typhoon in Europe!

>>> Moreover, to facilitate a productive dialogue between academic, artistic and activist contributions, this year’s CTE will experiment with a special open space format to create a dynamic laboratory, coordinated from a head quarter located in a futuristic model of a  rocket. Thereby, HEIZHAUS will provide its garages, media studios, co-working-spaces and other facilities not only for the purpose of presenting papers, artistic installations and performances, but also to stimulate debate and exchange beyond academia.

  1. The conference particularly welcomes contributions by

> Researchers, particularly young scholars (Postdocs, PhD students, MA students)
> Artists
> Activists
> Journalists
> Architects and urban planners
> Decision-makers and local politicians

  1. Submission guidelines

Contributions should relate to one or more of the themes on the following open list:

> Anthropologies/communities of concrete/lived urban utopias
> Representations and theories of urban utopia
> Urban art and cultures
> Urban planning and urban policy
> Globalization, networks and interlocalities
> Contestations, urban protest and social movements
> Digital media and (virtual) urbanity


[A] Submissions for talks by researchers and activists should include a written abstract in English, as well as the author’s affiliation and contact details. The written abstract (in PDF-format) shouldn’t exceed 350 words and must include the title and the author’s name. Accepted paper presenters will be allowed 15-20 minutes for presentation and an additional 10 minutes for a question and answer session with the audience.

[B] Moreover, we particularly encourage contributions which aim at artistic and creative forms of presentations like film screenings, artworks or performances related to the theme of the conference. If you are planning such a contribution, please send us a detailed description of ca. 1 page (including pictures, video stills, or links to the project and a list of the facilities you will need) together with a brief CV including past exhibitions.


>>> If you have further suggestions or questions not answered by this call or the homepage, please feel free to contact us via email.

The organizing team will not be able to provide accommodation. Therefore, we ask all participants to look for a proper accommodation for themselves. However, we will provide a list of hostels and other reasonably priced places to stay in Nürnberg.

Please be sure to confirm in advance if you need to apply for visa prior to your arrival.

The Cultural Typhoon in Europe 2017 is organized by a group of volunteers who are based in Nürnberg and Erlangen, Germany. Even though we are admirers of the concept and idea of the original Cultural Typhoon in Japan and are in fruitful contact with its organizers, we are an independent entity.