16-17 JUNE 2022



Smart cities appear as city governing strategies and operations of city services through digital platforms. Additionally, they are now emerging in the form of land ownership and developments, where “technology companies move beyond treating the city merely as a place to extract value from and also start thinking of it as a space to exercise domination over” (Sadowski, 2020, p.3).

Depending on the context, private tech companies interact differently with local authorities, and issues of security and privacy are managed accordingly. The “actually existing smart city” (Shelton et al., 2015) is always adjusted to the local material, legal, spatial and social context.

A common trait for smart interventions is that they reshape power relations, reinforce existing inequalities, and create new ones. This prompts a debate about justice and injustice in the smart city. As Rob Kitchin et al. (2019, p.19) argue in The Right to the Smart City, we need to find ways of “genuinely humanising smart urbanism.”

This two-day conference aims to provide time and space to question the differences within smart cities, reflect on issues of justice and injustice, analyse social and spatial inequalities through feminist and postcolonial lenses, and underline historical perspectives to situate the smart city in time and place. 

  • 30 August 2021

  • 1 March 2022

    Extended deadline for abstracts (original date: 1 February 2022)

  • 15 March 2022

    Decision on abstract acceptance

  • 21 March 2022

    Registration opens

  • 15 April 2022

    Registration closes

  • May 2022

    Programme is published

Keynote speakers

ohio state university

Professor,  City and Regional Planning 

university of michigan

Associate Professor, Communication and Media

concordia university

Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology 

durham university

Associate Professor,  Geography 

university of sydney

Senior Lecturer, Urbanism 

university of
cape town

Associate Professor, Architecture and Planning 

monash university

Research Fellow, Emerging Technologies Research Lab

Maynooth University

Professor, Social Science Institute (MUSSI)

Emory University

Associate Professor,  English and Quantitative Theory and Methods

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