CFP: Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century; Graduate Student Pre-Conference

Call for Papers: Graduate Student Pre-Conference

York University, Toronto, October 19-21, 2017

Graduate students are invited to submit papers for a graduate student pre-conference, which will take place during the afternoon of Thursday, October 19, 2017 as part of the final conference of the MCRI Global Suburbanisms: Governance, Land and Infrastructure in the 21st Century ( The conference will present work from seven years of globally oriented research on the world’s suburban peripheries.

Confirmed keynote speakers are Solly Angel (New York University, U.S.A); Kenate Worku Tabor (Jimma University, Ethiopia); Roberto Luís Monte-Mór (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil); Xuefei Ren (Michigan State University, U.S.A); Jennifer Robinson (University College London, UK); and Roger Keil (York University, Canada).

The conference will be structured around the three foundational themes of the MCRI, governance, land and infrastructure and the added topic of comparative suburban research. Papers should be relevant to at least one of the four themes.

Accepted papers will form the basis of four graduate student panels with three to four papers each. Members of the MCRI research team will act as discussants in these student panels. Selected students will be covered for up to three nights for lodging and meals at the conference. Students are expected to pay for their own transportation to Toronto. A limited number of travel scholarships will be available for selected students.

Submission guidelines

1. Papers to be presented will be selected competitively by members of the organizing committee. No more than 16 papers will be included, so that each presentation will receive full discussion and commentary by a selected MCRI researcher.

2. The proposal for the paper should be submitted via email to by May 1, 2017. Decisions on acceptance will be announced by June 1, 2017.

3. The cover page of the paper should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, program they are enrolled in, mailing address, and email address. Proposals should be no longer than 1500-2000 words.

4. Students in any discipline relevant to suburban research are eligible. Students need to be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of the conference. Students who have completed their degrees in 2017 are also eligible if the work they aim to present is from their own completed research.

5. The paper must not have been published or accepted for publication at the time of submission. The paper must be sole-authored by the student, or if it is co-authored the other authors must also be students.

6. Each selected paper will be assigned to one or more MCRI researchers for commentary and suggestions for revision both at the conference and afterwards.

7. The final version of accepted papers must be submitted by September 15, 2017. Papers will be posted on the conference webpage.

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