We, the AESOP Thematic Group Public Spaces and Urban Cultures, send our condolences, sympathy and encouragement to the people affected by the devastating earthquake on 6 February 2023.
We stand in solidarity with our colleagues and their families affected by this tragedy.
As part of the Association of the European Schools of Planning, Thematic Group on Public Spaces and Urban Cultures theme on ‘Public Spaces, Urban Cultures and Constructing Peace’, we are pleased to invite you to contribute and participate in the TG PSUC Meeting Helsinki, co-organised by Aalto University, 15 to 16 May 2023 in Helsinki. The event includes visits to libraries in Helsinki, discussions with various stakeholders, working sessions and presentations.
Considering the TG PSUC theme 2022-2024 (https://aesop-planning.eu/resources/news-archive/thematic-groups/public-spaces-and-urban-cultures/call-for-expressions-of-interest-to-host-the-thematic-group-s-meetings-2022-2024), this event invites explorations into the relation between public libraries and public spaces, and their capability towards the construction of peace within their context, be it at the neighbourhood or city scale. The construction of peace is not understood in contrast to war. It is rather an everyday operation of negotiation that instils a sense equilibrium within a spectrum of differences occurring simultaneously within shared urban open and enclosed/ interior spaces. Acknowledging that public libraries are planned and designed to be accessible, a connection which could start with a public street but could further expand to include a public space, we are inviting explorations into the meaning and potential of such spatial relations and their potential or actual contribution to peace building. This includes spatial relations between indoor and outdoor; programmatic/ functional relations that enable intertwining or merging public and private activities; degrees of freedom provided to allow for spontaneous activities; and new configurations amplifying the voice and presence of often-marginalised user groups/ identities.
We invite abstracts from young or established academics interested in this topic to submit an abstract, which address further aspects related to the topic: representation, inclusion, diversity, spatial justice, co-design, governance; methodologies for researching public libraries and public spaces; contextual specificities where public libraries and public spaces have contributed to peace construction, and so on. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to prepare a presentation for the event and further information will be provided at a later stage.
Submission requirements: provision of 250-word abstract explaining: relation to the event topic, conceptual framework, methodology, summary of the results, three references and three keywords, 100-word biography of the main author. Both the biography and previous or ongoing research on this theme will be considered in selecting the abstracts.
Submission due by: Monday 13 March 2023 send to
Participation in the meeting is free of charge and all additional costs (travel and accommodation) are covered by the participants. The representatives of the Thematic Group on Public Spaces and Urban Cultures (TG PSUC) are Ebba Högström and Matej Nikšič, and the local TG PSUC representations are Hossam Hewidy and Christine Mady.
For more information about the event, please email:
Date: 16th-17th May
Title: AESOP TG PSUC Workshop Helsinki “Public libraries as generators of peace”
Institution: Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
Local organizers: Christine Mady, Hossam Hewidy
AESOP TG Representatives: Ebba Högström (Sweden), Matej Niksic (Slovenia)
Date: June 2023
Title: AESOP TG PSUC Webinar Los Angeles “Going Public: Framing Active Strategies within Urban Humanities Research”
Institution: UCLA Luskin – School of Public Affairs, Los Angeles, USA
Local organizers: Christopher Giamarino, Claire Nelischer, Andres F. Ramirez, Gus Wendel
AESOP TG Representatives: Stefania Ragozino (Italy), Christine Mady (Finland)
Date: 11st -15th/07/2023
Title: AESOP Annual Congress Łódź “Integrated Planning in a World of Turbulence”
Institution: University of Łódź, Poland
AESOP TG Representatives: Christine Mady (Finland), Stefania Ragozino (Italy)
Title: AESOP TG PSUC Meeting Naples “Urban Conflicts and Peace: Commons and everyday politics”
Institution: Institute for Research on Innovation and Services for Development (IRISS-CNR), Lido Pola Bene Comune, Naples, Italy
Local organizers: Stefania Ragozino, Gabriella Esposito De Vita
AESOP TG Representatives: Tihomir Viderman (Germany), Chiara Belingardi (Italy)
Date: January 2024
Title: AESOP TG PSUC Meeting Pretoria “Public Space & Peace Building”
Institution: University of Pretoria, South Africa
Local organizers: Karina Landman, Kundani Makakavhule
AESOP TG Representatives: Matej Niksic (Slovenia), Ceren Sezer (Germany)
Date: May 2024
Title: AESOP TG PSUC Meeting Cyprus “Constructing Peace through Public Space: What Publics? What Commons?”
Local organizers: Sebnem Hoskara, Nadia Charalambous, Socrates Stratis
AESOP TG Representatives: Sabine Knierbein (Austria), Tihomir Viderman (Germany)
Date: July 2024
Title: AESOP Annual Congress Paris
Institution: Sciences Po, Paris, France
AESOP TG Representatives: Christine Mady (Finland), Tihomir Viderman (Germany)
The deadline is approaching (31 January 2023!) for the submission of abstracts for the AESOP Annual Congress.
All Colleagues interested in the subject of New Technologies and Planning are cordially invited to submit a contribution to Track 2: Smart and Agile Planning: Smart Cities and Regions.
Call for participation at the Workshop of the AESOP Thematic Group New Technologies and Planning.
The workshop will be held at the University of Aveiro on Monday 6 (am + pm) and Tuesday 7 (am), March 2023.
We would like to invite all Colleagues interested in the Thematic Group New Technologies and Planning activities to attend the meeting.
The attendance is free of charge, but participants will take care of their travel expenses.
The title of the workshop is “New Technologies and Planning at AESOP: state of play and further advances”.
Scope of the workshop, following the TG NTP meeting in Tartu last summer, is to foster the knowledge exchange among interested members, and to plan future collaborative activities within the Thematic group.
The agenda (tentative) of the meeting will focus on:
- Monday 6 (am): presentations of the research group/Lab/Schools working on the TG NTP subject domains (5-10 minutes depending on the number of participants)
- Monday 6 (pm): a) Brainstorming session on new technologies role in adaptive planning (session abstract to be delivered to interested participants);
- Tuesday 7 (am): Work-group for the preparation of a survey for the AESOP Schools on research and teaching on NTP.
The schedules would allow for an additional short session on any subject of interest attending participants may wish to suggest (in this case please contact the TG coordinators well in advance, i.e. at least 2 weeks before the meeting).
A link for remote participation will be provided for those of you who cannot attend in presence. Still we strongly recommend all of you to attend in person, as we see this as a huge added value. The workshop attendance by interested AESOP young academics and early career researchers (i.e. PhD students), as well as their active participation in the activities of the TG NTP, is very welcome.
Please register your interest in attending at the Aveiro TG NTP workshop as soon as possible (and in any case before 15 February 2023) using the form available at https://forms.gle/J3AfUtJhySaN8otR9
Michele Campagna and Paulo Silva