2013 Johannesburg


Call for papers


21 – 26 JULY 2013

Johannesburg and Stellenbosch (South Africa)


29th March 2013

to igu2013@uj.ac.za

The Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies (University of Johannesburg)
and The Department of Geography (University of Stellenbosch)

The organisers of the conference call for papers that offer provocative, insightful and novel ways of looking at an ever changing urban landscape. We invite contributions to the conference, which include the following topics:

• Technological innovations and creative activities in cities.
• Contested social spaces.
• Creating sustainability.
• Dilemmas of aging cities.
• Increasing insecurity.
• Urban heritage and conservation.
• Urban governance.
• Complex urban systems.

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive. We invite any contribution that fits with the general theme of the conference.


29 March 2013: Deadline for submission of abstract

12 April 2013: Notification of acceptance of conference paper

31 May 2013: Deadline for registration and payment of conference fees.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACT (before 29 March 2013)

The 300 word (maximum) abstract should include the following:
• Title of the paper.
• Name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s).
• e-mail address(es) of author(s)
• Up to four key words
• MS Word documents only
• Font: Arial; Font size 14 for the title and 12 for the rest of document; Spacing: 1.5 line spaces; Margins: 2.5 all round.


Johannesburg package (21 to 23 July 2013) €180 (R1900)

Stellenbosch package (24 to 26 July 2013) €310 (R3400)

Full conference package (21 to 26 July) €435 (R4900)

Accompanying persons (Full Conference) €125 (R1500)

The fees excludes accommodation, accompanying persons programme, post conference fieldtrip, local travel in Johannesburg and Stellenbosch AND travel between Johannesburg and Cape Town

For delegates and accompanying persons:
• Lunch on Monday, Thursday and Friday
• Fieldtrips to Soweto (Tuesday) and Cape Town CBD (Wednesday)
• Welcome cocktail party in Johannesburg (Sunday evening) and Stellenbosch (Wednesday evening)
• Airport transfer from Cape Town to Stellenbosch (a bus will pick up delegates at Cape Town airport and from there travel to Cape Town CBD for the fieldtrip and drop off delegates afterwards in Stellenbosch at a central point)
• Dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday evening
• Wine tasting trip on Thursday afternoon in Stellenbosch
• Friday evening conference dinner at an award winning restaurant in Stellenbosch or Franschhoek
• Copy of the book of papers accepted for publication (only for delegates)
The fee excludes accommodation, accompanying persons programme, post conference fieldtrip, local travel in Johannesburg, local air/road/rail travel between Johannesburg and Cape Town.


Papers presented at this meeting will be considered for the Commission’s publication initiatives. The aim is to launch a book in which all papers submitted will be peer reviewed.


Tentative Program for the Conference

Sunday July 21thArrival and registrationJohannesburg
Monday July 22thFull day paper sessionJohannesburg
Tuesday July 23thFull day excursion to SowetoJohannesburg
Wednesday July 24thMorning: relocation to Cape town Afternoon: excursion to Cape Town’s CBDCape Town
Thursday July 25thMorning: Morning paper sessions Afternoon: Excursion to wine farmsStellenbosch
Friday July 26thMorning: paper sessions Afternoon: Conference dinnerStellenbosch

* Post conference day trip to Cape Point, the dramatic coastline of the Cape Peninsula, District Six Museum and weather permitting, a trip to Robben Island and/or Table Mountain and a stopover at the V&A Waterfront, can be undertaken at an additional cost. (Once registered delegates will be provided with additional cost)


Early Travel Tips

Please take note that the conference is split between two venues, 1500 km apart. Most international carriers fly into the Johannesburg International Airport (ORT). It is advisable to book a ticket to Cape Town with a stopover in Johannesburg. There are also domestic carriers like SAA, BA and budget carriers such as Mango (www.flymango.com) and Kulula (www.kulula.com) that service the Johannesburg /Cape Town route, should you opt to fly to Johannesburg with your preferred airline. It must be noted that the second leg of the conference will start off with a fieldtrip to CBD of Cape Town. Delegates will be picked up at Stellenbosch and then at the airport for the fieldtrip. Depending on your arrival time it may imply waiting at the airport. (Note: If you plan to travel bu car from Johannesburg to Cape Town it will probably take you 14 hours)


Conference venue

The conference venue for the Johannesburg leg will be at the FNB Conference Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg (see: http://www.fnbconference.fnbweb.co.za ) and in Stellenbosch it will be on the campus of the University of Stellenbosch (located in the centre of the town in walking distance to most accommodation, dining and other facilities) 



Paper Guidelines

Final Program

Contact Information

Nico Kotze
E-mail: igu2013@uj.ac.za
Tel: +27 11 559 3810