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>CFP: Session "The Marketing of Cities," Social Science History
>Association, 18-21 November 2004, Chicago
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>Within the general conference topic, "Markets as Sites of
>Interdisciplinary History," this session seeks to investigate and critique
>the relationships between urban space, commodification, and identity,
>departing from the idea of a "competition" among global cities for
>transnational capital, private investment, and to house corporate
>headquarters - a proposition developed by theorists like Saskia Sassen,
>among others. Not only global cities, but smaller places as well resort to
>history and identity in order to market themselves as tourist
>destinations, or centers of culture, technology, or services. Strategies
>to make cities attractive range from urban beautification to advertising
>techniques and configure a veritable "market" of cities. In turn these
>processes reflect in real estate and land value within cities, influencing
>intra-urban markets and spurring urban renewal, gentrification, and social
>conflict.
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>This panel is open to all geographical regions and time periods, as well
>as diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Papers might present critical case
>studies or focus on theoretical discussions. Themes might include, but are
>not limited to:
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>-    The resort to local identity, culture, community or history as
>urban selling points
>-    The "disneyfication" of urban spaces and social practices
>-    Cities and regions striving to become poles of tourism,
>technology, culture or finance
>-    Urban candidacies to house Olympic Games, the World Cup,
>international fairs, etc.
>-    The relationship between the influx of money/resources and local
>populations
>-    Gentrification and social exclusion
>-    The "Bilbao effect"
>-    The privatization of urban space
>-    The critical work of Saskia Sassen, David Harvey, Sharon Zukin,
>Michael Sorkin, Mike Davis, Fredric Jameson, among others
>-    Other forms of competition among cities (e.g. religious,
>political, or military competition)
>-    Urban space as stage-setting
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>250-word abstracts should be sent to Daniela Sandler at
>[log in to unmask] by February 15th, 2004.
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>Graduate students may apply for conference travel grants (see the
>Social Science History Association web site, http://www.ssha.org ).
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