Authors meet Critics is an initiative of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR). It aims at establishing a closer link between readership and authors, supporting scholarly debate at an international level with new technologies. In particular, it wants to provide younger scholars with an opportunity to engage in a debate with IJURR authors.

The seventh edition of Authors meet Critics will take place on Monday, December 9 in the form of a webinar. During this online seminar, a selected group of participants will be able to critically engage with five leading urban scholars whose work has come out in recent editions of IJURR. Focusing on these recent essays, participants are invited to discuss these authors’ work and reflect on broader urban debates. Authors meet Critics provides an important opportunity for early career scholars worldwide to engage in an international scientific exchange on theoretical and empirical work in the field of urban studies.

Selected articles

The participating authors for 2019 are Özlem Öz & Mine Eder, Rowland Atkinson, Julie‐Anne Boudreau and Weiqiang Lin.

Özlem Öz & Mine Eder‘Problem Spaces’ and Struggles Over the Right to the City: Challenges of Living Differentially in a Gentrifying Istanbul Neighborhood
Rowland AtkinsonNecrotecture: Lifeless Dwellings and London’s Super‐Rich
Julie‐Anne BoudreauState Theory from the Street Altar: The Muscles, the Saint and the Amparo
Weiqiang LinInfrastructure’s Expenditures: Changi Airport, Food Cargo and Capital’s Technosphere

Authors meet Critics 2019 will take place on December 9th between 12am and 5pm, Central European Time (UTC+1). A test chat will take place the week before the start.

Admission requirements

  • PhD candidates or PhDs in the early stages of their career in the fields of social or political sciences, humanities, liberal arts or economics, geography or planning, etc.;
  • good academic results and/or rich research experience;
  • evidence of a good working knowledge of English;
  • full internet access;
  • strong motivation to participate in an International online seminar on the issues at stake.

Please note the number of participants is limited. The deadline for applications is on November 8th. Applicants will be informed about the selection results by e-mail by Wednesday the 13th of November 2019.