Call for Book Chapter Proposal:
Changing Representations of Nature and the City: the 1960s-1970s and their Legacies
Editors: Gabriel Gee and Alison Vogelaar, Franklin University Switzerland
The turn of the 1960s-70s, characterized by the rapid acceleration of time-space
compression associated with 20th century global processes, has prompted a radical
transformation in the perception of urban and natural environments. The urban
revolution and related prospect of the total urbanisation of the planet, in concert
with rapid population growth and resource exploitation, instigated a surge in
environmental awareness and activism. One implication of this moment is a growing
recognition of the integration and interconnection of natural and urban entities.
The present collection is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the changing modes
of representation of nature in the city at the turn of the 1960s/70s. Bringing
together a number of different disciplinary approaches, including architectural
studies and aesthetics, heritage studies and economics, environmental science
and communication, the collection reflects upon the changing perception of socio-natures
in the context of increasing urban expansion and global interconnectedness as
they are/were manifest in specific representations. Using cases studies from around
the globe, the collection offers a historical and theoretical understanding of
a paradigmatic shift whose material and symbolic legacies are still accompanying
us in the early 21st century.
We are seeking a paper that addresses the theme of changing representations of
nature and the city in the specific context of Sub Saharan and/or Northern Africa.
Ideal contributions would focus upon a specific case study and/or representative
phenomenon. The book publication is scheduled to go to press in 2017. Please send
500 word abstracts and short bio by April 1st to Gabriel Gee at: firstname.lastname@example.org.