Call for Papers & Sessions

The Theme

In contemporary societies, the meaning and function of the built environment has been transformed by the intensification and growing volatility of capital accumulation in housing and real estate.

With sustained housing commodification in the context of declining economic stability, most households have become ever more sensitive to the status of their homes as exchange goods and consider their respective housing market positions as central to their chances of security or future prosperity.

This conference explores the dynamic interaction between homes and (housing) markets over time and across different socio-economic contexts. There are various ways of thinking about the idea of ‘being at home’ in this regard. First are the connections between homes as places, spaces and objects of family and social life, as well as housing commodities that circulate on, and are subject to, fickle and dispassionate markets. Second is the significance of the shift from pre- to post-crisis conditions and how the housing market has been experienced in different cities, regions and countries. In Europe and North America, for example, there is a distinction that not only marks out a fundamental economic reorientation but also cultural, socio-political and even family and generational transitions. In Latin America and East Asia by contrast, housing has not been so interwoven with recent global economic crises, albeit with housing commodification still deeply embedded with social change. 


The Call

The RC43 encourages cross-disciplinary debate and welcomes housing research papers from all social science disciplines. We invite both panel session proposals and individual abstracts related to the following themes:


  • The social and cultural implications of housing markets 
  • The political economy of housing and home
  • Housing policy responses and the crisis
  • Comparative contexts: diversity, variety and/or convergence
  • Housing, policy and society
  • Family, housing, and (inter)generational issues
  • Citizenship, ex/inclusion and participation
  • The structural crises of housing markets


Papers should be 5,000 to 8,000 words inclusive. 


 The Schedule

> January 19th 2013 - Deadline for abstracts and panel session proposals
> January 31st 2013 - Confirmation of acceptance / Registration opens
> May 18th 2013 - End of 'early bird' registrations
> June 26th 2013 - Submission of full paper
> July 8th 2013 - PhD Student Pre-Conference
> July 9th 2013 - Urban China Seminar
> July 10th to 12th 2013 - RC43 Conference


Submitting Abstracts & Panel Session Proposals

Abstracts and proposals for panel sessions should be submitted via email by January 19th, 2013.

  • The abstracts should be up to 250 words and include the title, the name of author(s) and relevant affiliation(s), and four keywords.
  • Panel proposals should include a description of up to 300 words and should consist of four to eight papers.  An abstract for each of the panel session papers should also be included. 


Published by  AISSR

6 February 2013