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Symposium on New Geographies of Urban China

October 17, 2012

A special symposium focusing on new geographies of urban China will be held as a part of the AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, to take place April 9-13, 2013.

Relational understanding of space and the “new mobilities paradigm” that emerged in the past decade or so have helped generate much new insight on many phenomena of interest to geographers. Informed by the mobilities/relational turn, organizers of this symposium suggest that a fruitful direction for future research on urban China is one that is attentive to mobility, movement, flow, travel, and other relational transactions in space-time that shape or transform the urban fabric of China, while remaining cognizant of the particularities of China’s social, political, cultural, economic, and institutional context. As the complex interactions among individual urban actors/agents have considerable potential to bring forth drastic or unexpected emergent shifts, new conceptualizations and analytical methods capable of addressing these changes in fine spatial and temporal scales are needed.

Call for Participation 

Organizers of this symposium seek contributions that advance new conceptual and analytical perspectives about Chinese cities. Welcomed are papers attentive to how the everyday lives of individuals unfold in space-time and how this shapes and in turn is influenced by China’s urban transformations. Papers may address any issues pertinent to contemporary Chinese cities. Topics may include but are not limited to: social difference and the city; social and spatial inequalities; poverty and the quality of life; sociospatial segregation and isolation; residential mobility, migration, and local labor markets; daily mobility and activity-travel patterns; accessibility and urban travel; emergent patterns of urban transformations; urban spatial restructuring; social and environmental sustainability; health and subjective wellbeing; land and housing development; and planning and governance of urban infrastructure.


Those interested in participating should send a short abstract of no more than 250 words to symposium organizers Mei-Po Kwan (, Yanwei Chai (chyw@, and Donggen Wang (dgwang@ by October 12, 2012.

Symposium participants must register for the Annual Meeting and must submit an abstract through the Annual Meeting online system by the deadline of October 24, 2012. Guidelines for preparing abstracts are available at annualmeeting and on pages 16-17 of this issue. Please use these guidelines when preparing your abstract for review by the symposium organizers.

Please contact the symposium organizers if you have questions. For more information about the 2013 AAG Annual Meeting, visit 


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