Breaking through ‘conformorality’ in urban and regional studies

September 14-15, 2023 - ILS (Dortmund, Brüderweg 22-24)


 Thursday, September 14th

Registration and gathering
3.30 pm

Welcome and introduction to the conference
4.00 pm

Keynote 1
4.30 pm

Conformorality: Some consequences for science and society. Conformism is a widespread and robust phenomenon with salient moral and epistemic consequences - Matteo Colombo (Tilburg University)

Keynote 2
5.30 pm

On academic conformorality, and why it threatens academic freedom - Claudia Basta (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency PBL)

6.30 pm

Social dinner (optional)
7.30 pm


Friday, September 15th

Gathering and coffee
9.00 am

Session 1
9.15 am

Questioning traditional redistributive urban policies: A heterodox approach to the just city - Stefano Moroni (Polytechnic University of Milan)

Antifragility and Resilience: Two Sides of the Same Coin? - Francesco Curci and Daniele Chiffi (Polytechnic University of Milan)

10.15 am

Session 2
10.30 am

Green public space and its change - Paulina Budrytė (Kaunas University of Technology)

Easy theories for complex neighbourhoods? How conformorality tames wicked problems in neighbourhood management  - Mark Scherner (University of Vienna)

11.30 am

Session 3
11.45 am

Ordinary Neighbourhoods - Raffael Beier (TU Dortmund)

Urban Displacement, an Unqualified Negative?
Between Harm, Fairness, and Effectiveness in Conventional Responses - 
Brett Allen Slack (Polytechnic University of Milan)

12.45 am

Session 4
1.45 pm

To plan or not to plan: Is this the question? - Anita De Franco (Polytechnic University of Milan)

Import-Export Rules: Saving the greater number or sheer insensitivity? - Nana Serwaa Antwi (Polytechnic University of Milan)

2.45 pm

Session 5
3.00 pm

MEGA-AMBITIONS - How generic and holistic values drive the interplay between mega-regionalisation and urban megaprojects in Greater China - Henry Endemann (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

A Planning and Urban Development Perspective on Digital Sovereignty. Diverging digital values in cities - Unger Lena (TU Dortmund)

4.00 pm

Collective discussion
4.15 pm

Happy hour (Optional)
5.00 pm


For any query or information, please get in touch with the organisers:

  • Stefano Cozzolino This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Anita De Franco This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.