Conference 2019

a new economic paradigm for a complex social map

International Symposium & Artistic Programme
Catanzaro Lido, Italy
11-12 October 2019

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Cultural Commons and Urban Dynamics

Cities are being intensively reshaped by unexpected dynamics: on one hand the rise and growth of the digital economy has deeply modified the relationship between the urban fabric and its resident community, overcoming the conventional hierarchy based upon manufacturing priorities; on the other hand contemporary society appears to be discovering new labour conditions and ways of making things, crafting new synergies and connections.

A new urban framework is emerging due to the growing interest for the commons, whose practice calls the institutional public and private statutes into doubt. The conventional taxonomy based upon the legal geography of spaces is being disturbed by the new social flows within the urban fabric and the related loss of territorial hierarchies: urban commons and their shared enjoyment generate cultural values and different orders.

A new type of society requires renewed (infra)structures to face its needs and desires. The existing institutional forms are being transformed by informal and bottom-up outbursts. Although digital social networks are getting momentum in replacing public places, the city is still extremely crucial for the exercise of democracy, representation and cultural rights, resisting the growing processes of privatisation. The form and fertility of the commons are the result of such times of social upheaval.

The conference aims at offering a multi-disciplinary view of such issues. Economists, architects, urbanists, sociologists, designers, political scientists and creative artists will examine the impact and the implications of cultural commons on the transformations of the city, from both theoretical and operational perspectives. Urban and cultural commons represent the manifold perspective of artistic creativity, social innovation, need for quality of life.

The themes treated will deal with the multi-faceted implications of the emerging commons, both from a theoretical and an operational perspective. We observe a society in which priorities of individual and social values are being redefined; new institutional strategies are needed; technology could play a crucial role in the design of effective actions; unexpected forms of creativity manifest, not without generating new conflicts and inequalities. In the hypothesis of an emerging paradigm, new interpretative frameworks are needed, aimed at supporting a still fragile but potentially radical change.

Key note speakers
Maurizio Carta (Politecnico Palermo, Italy)
Emma Galli and Giampaolo Garzarelli (La Sapienza Roma, Italy)
Manfred Holler (Hamburg University, Germany)
Arjo Klamer (Erasmus Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
Martina Löw (TU Berlin, Germany)
Frank Moulaert (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Call for Papers

Deadline for Applications: July 31st, 2019

The conference welcomes submissions from young researchers and doctoral students from economic, legal, architectural, urbanistic, sociologic, historic studies focusing on the issues described above. The deadline is 31 July, 2019. 9 to 12 papers will be accepted for presentation. Submissions will be evaluated by the scientific committee in the light of their consistency with the conference purposes and object.

An abstract (1000 words), the name, email address and affiliation of each author can be sent to

Call for Artists

Deadline for Applications: July 31st, 2019

Based out of the Department of Law, Economics and Sociology at the University of Catanzaro (Italy), Cultural Commons and Urban Dynamics will explore and probe the important relationships and overlaps of heritage, contemporary art and practices of sharing on the background of the present urban condition.

The conference will focus on dilemmas, issues and effects of cultural commons looking specifically at protocols, values, norms and collective actions. Particular focus will be placed on the role of creative actions and emerging forms of cooperation in preserving and engendering cultural value whilst cross-breeding tradition and innovation.

We invite artists to submit an application. The conference will be held in English. Accepted formats: presentations, visual art, sound art, performance, film screening.


Participation fee

Doctoral Students: 120€
Young Researchers: 150€

Fees include access to the two-day conference, with lunch and coffee breaks throughout. Fees do not cover travel and accommodation costs. To register, please send an email to and transfer the participation fee to:

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include but are not limited to:

  • art and culture in the urban fabric
  • politics, bureaucracy and society
  • urban experience between tools and desires (smart cities, urban commons)
  • social impact of the arts

Target audience: Economists, urbanists, jurists, architects, philosophers, historians, sociologists, designers, artists, heritage professionals, political scientists

Keywords: Commons, Tangible heritage, intangible heritage, archives, arts & culture, social dynamics, complex society, collective action, urban dynamics

UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity
Cultural Commons and Cultural CommunitiesCommunitites

Scientific Committee
Caterina Benincasa (D), Lia Fassari (I), Emma Galli (I), Arjo Klamer (NL), Martina Löw (D), Danila Longo (I), Emanuela Macrì (I), Valeria Morea (NL), Michele Trimarchi (I)

Dipartimento di Diritto, Economia e Sociologia
Università di Catanzaro Magna Graecia

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European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes