Call For Abstracts

The conference is a four-day event that contains five keynote talks (Ali Madanipour, Angela Colucci, Giancarlo Cotella, Jan Rath, Müge Akkar Ercan), parallel sessions for young academics to present their research, workshops, and field trips. Five proposed track sessions are:

1. Contemporary Issues in Planning Approaches,

2. Emerging Global Crises: Towards Sustainable and Resilient Cities,

3. In Search of Inclusiveness for Socio-Spatial Justice,

4. Bridging Past and Present to Future: Heritage and Beyond,

5. Re-interpreting Publicness in Everyday Life.

Each track will cover a broad range of topics, perspectives, and discussions on the main theme. Therefore, abstracts related to the main theme can be submitted to the most suitable tracks. According to the content of the submissions, we can modify or revise the tracks.

The conference is free of charge to participants who are Members of the AESOP YA Network (registration for the network is free on the website). Abstracts of around 250-300 words are to be submitted to

with the email subject as “Abstract Submission AESOPYA 2022 Turkey ” until the 30th of November, 2021. Word template is available for the submissions. Please use the template to prepare your abstract. If you are not able to download the template via the links please contact us. 

Please note:

  • Abstracts co-authored by a PhD student and his or her supervisor would be invalidated.
  • Master and PhD students can send abstracts. Recently graduated PhD students who sent abstracts will be evaluated in respect to their situation.
  • Authors will be notified about the abstract acceptance or rejection by 30th December 2021
  • Within 10 days after being notified of acceptance, authors are asked to confirm their participation in the conference, otherwise, the seats will be offered to the members on the waiting list.



The 21st century has been the era of contingencies and complexities with the recent and rapid changes in social, economic, environmental, and political domains. While the future challenges are being re-shaped with ever-growing agendas, the doctrines of the past are still maintaining a guide for the future of planning discipline. Nevertheless, emerging crises and struggles affecting every aspect of the cities necessitate reconsidering the position, and the role of the planning discipline. In this context, the liminal condition of planning allows us to make critical explorations for future challenges and opportunities.

Within this framework, this track aims to discuss contemporary issues, re-evaluate and re-think old and new theories, strategies, methods, tools, and practices based on the context of well-being. Considering the transitions that initiate global restructuring, the discussion could widen up with the theoretical and methodological contributions along with planning practices that are impacted by the post-neoliberal era and digital transformation. The track intends to provide arguments on the directions that planning approaches are evolving to answer current challenges in global, regional, urban and local scales for a better future. It is encouraged to debate planning approaches and practices in different countries including the Turkish context. Issues that can be contributed to this track are listed but not limited to:


  • Post-neoliberal era
  • Digital transformation
  • Post-truth and democracy
  • Theory and practice
  • The Global North and South
  • Turkish context


Cities nowadays are facing various emerging crises which extend their effects beyond the territorial borders, making them global issues. Climate crisis, depletion of non-renewable and natural resources, pollution, degradation of the natural environment, and pandemic diseases threaten the well-being of communities while raising questions on how cities and regions respond to these challenges.

In the wake of global crises, today’s ever-more-fragile political and environmental landscape is in a liminal state with an unpredictable future. Under the conditions of ambiguity, uncertainty, and risks, how does planning deal with the challenges to ensure habitable, resilient and sustainable cities? Debates on current urban policies indicate the necessity for implementing sustainable and resilient development strategies and policies, along with related practices. Together with the related issues around the globe, the Turkish context also provides a fertile ground for discussion. This track welcomes theoretical or empirical contributions on the spatial, economic, and ecological urban strategies for well-being in planning that broaden the discussion with emerging urban problems and explore the topics including but not limited to;


  • Resilience
  • Sustainability
  • Global Crises
  • Urban and Rural Development 
  • Economic Restructuring
  • Ecology and Natural Environment 
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Disaster Risk Management


New pursuit of rights that emerged due to conflicts, inequality, and injustice, has become the milestone of the age of contradictions. The problems related to extended poverty and increased inequalities have created new vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in a liminal era. In the meantime, the problems of representative democracy, immigration, and conflicts have deepened the divisions, and the solutions we have tried so far have been insufficient to provide socio-spatial justice. This situation requires participatory and inclusive interventions that will shed light on the future and carry us to well-being in a period in which seeking rights gained prominence. In a condition that representation, justice, and equity problems are increasing gradually, serving equity and fair distribution of resources have gained importance to achieve inclusiveness and well-being.

According to these discussions, how can planning discipline be more inclusive in this pursuit of well-being? What will be the role of planners in this context? As today’s young planners, let’s turn our in-betweenness into an opportunity and discuss more inclusive ideas, alternatives, and solutions together. In parallel to these, we invite submitting papers related to the keywords listed below, among others:


  • Participatory planning/design 
  • Inclusiveness 
  • Spatial Justice/Right to the City
  • Social Cohesion 
  • Identity and Multiculturalism
  • Gender 
  • Diversity
  • Discrimination/Segregation 
  • Migration
  • Social/Urban Movements 
  • Urban Insurgency


Cities are the places where culture, memory, and identity are constructed through the tangible and intangible values with the aspiration to be preserved and appreciated as a heritage. Strengthening the embedded past values related to identity and memory of societies through heritage conservation enhances the sense of belonging to communities and encourages the members to take part in the well-being process. Approaches to commitment, sense of belongingness, and reliance of individuals and that of their community have been adapted depending on the conditions of a particular era. Concurrent crises leading to liminality in heritage conservation have been effective in acquiring new methods while integrating the heritage sites with the modern city. Particularly the differentiation based on regions, approaches, and methods of the global west and east contributes to this in-betweenness. In light of that background, this discussion aims to expose the latest approaches, phenomena, practices, and conservation and interpretation methods related to the following themes, among others:


  • Preservation
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Gentrification 
  • Memory of place 
  • Genius loci
  • Settlement archeology 
  • Built heritage 
  • Cultural landscape & Identity 
  • Management of heritage sites 
  • Interpretation & Presentation 
  • Intangible heritage and local communities 
  • Heritage economics 
  • Sacred-scape


Recently, meaning and perception of publicness has been transforming by the evolving dynamics in public space provision and management. The traditional meaning, perception and way of experiencing public spaces has been changing as a result of the emerging conditions such as digitalization, covid-19 pandemic, mass migrations and public-private dichotomy. Within the liminal conditions, many topics including human behavior, rituals in urban life, social interactions are subject to re-examination and re-interpretation in the pursuit of well-being. Likewise, the diminishing boundaries at the global scale requires the re-consideration of people-place/space-everyday life relationships with a particular focus on changing socio-spatial dynamics in urban context.

Urban researchers have the capacity to explore new approaches and perspectives for the well-being of society utilizing the possibilities that can be found in this transitory period by revisiting the public space and everyday life. In this sense, this track interrogates everyday life and emerging practices of publicness addressing the social interactions, production and reproduction of public space. The following list, among others, covers the topics to be presented within this track:


  • Human Behavior
  • Urban Form and Design
  • Urban Rituals and Cultures
  • Space, Place, and Place-lessness
  • Interaction and Communication
  • Meaning and Identity
  • Spaces of Transition
  • In-betweenness/Threshold
  • Heterotopia
  • Commonality
  • Neighborhood/Community Space
  • Appropriation and/or Production of Public Space
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