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Roundtable Workshop: From Chicago to Shenzhen
The Urban Research Group will host a roundtable workshop around its new project, From Chicago to Shenzhen: The City One Hundred Years On. The workshop will be held on the 6-7th June 2016.

In March 2015, exactly 100 years passed since Robert Park penned his seminal paper The City in the American Journal of Sociology. A hundred years onward, much has changed in urban research and in the urban world itself. We now live in a world of global cities, where the Chinese city occupies the centre stage that the American city once had. While many themes picked up by Park still seem very relevant today, the Chinese city has a radically different urban structure. Cities in China have undergone a transition marked by unprecedented scales and speeds, across economic, political and social systems. Everything from housing to social norms, as put in question by Park, demands a significant reconsideration when considering the experience of urban China.

In revisiting Park’s agenda, this workshop invites urban scholars from different fields to address his relevance across time and space. It brings together experts on urban China from a diversity of specializations to discuss how his questions can be transplanted, whether they should be, how the breadth of urban research being generated connects to his essay and what the future of urban research in China holds. It further considers the possibility of a new epistemological rupture in urban studies – after Chicago and LA, Shenzhen?

Confirmed participants

  • CHEN Juan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Ray FORREST, City University of Hong Kong
  • Bettina GRANSOW, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Jeroen DE KLOET, University of Amsterdam
  • Patrick LE GALES, Sciences Po
  • LI Zhigang, Wuhan University
  • LUI Tai-Lok, Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Jan NIJMAN, University of Amsterdam
  • Mary Ann O'DONNELL, Shenzhen
  • Julie REN, City University of Hong Kong
  • Xuefei REN, Michigan State University
  • Hyun Bang SHIN, London School of Economics
  • Zheng WANG, University College of London
  • Bart WISSINK, City University of Hong Kong
  • Fulong WU, University College of London
  • YIP Ngai-Ming, City University of Hong Kong


  • Inquiries: julieren@cityu.edu.hk

    Photo: Smoggy observation deck, Meridian Tower, Shenzhen, by Cory Doctorow via Flickr

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