ACUMEN will be hosted by the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy (CSAP), School of Geography, University of Leeds. It is funded by Digital Social Research Community Activities Funding Scheme of the NSDeSS, with the support of TALISMAN: Geospatial Data Analysis and Simulation.
Application deadline for participation - 02 November 2012
Application deadline for postgraduate bursaries - 22 October 2012
Recent developments in digital data compilation and computational analysis contribute to our understanding of urbanisation processes at differing scales. However, comparative methodologies for research throughout history and across the globe are lacking. This workshop gathers international multidisciplinary researchers who use, in complementary ways, ‘spatial technologies’ and ‘digital tools’ to explore urban landscapes of both past and present. It promotes the development, methodological understanding, and identification of appropriate digital means for social urban investigations by bringing together a currently dispersed community for future collaborative research.
ACUMEN aims to provide representation from a variety of academic disciplines, including, but not necessarily limited to: geography, archaeology, anthropology, history, sociology, planning, architecture and urban studies. Urbanisation is a contemporary global challenge, but a deeply historical phenomenon. The material environment can provide us with a physical, spatial dataset present through time which itself has social relevance and can facilitate the anchoring of social urban research in any context. Spatial and digital environments capturing empirical data can enable and enrich the comparative social study of living in urban environments. ACUMEN therefore focuses on the development, support and promotion of methodologies that enable the advancement of research which contributes to social understandings of cities with the ability to make significant connections between the past and contemporary development of the urban landscape in all urban traditions.
To achieve real and informed progress in this research field ACUMEN’s programme will only include a limited number of invited speakers. The main emphasis of the programme will rest on the active participation of all attendants in a series of discussions throughout the workshop addressing opportunities and challenges in the field from the vantage point of one of three focus themes. These ‘Salons’ comprise:
Each participant will be asked to express a preference in which of these Salons to partake.
This specific combination of setting an agenda of goals and practices with actively addressing methodological opportunities and challenges will create the added value of this workshop and requires a proactive attitude from dedicated participants.
In addition some participants can take up the opportunity to partake in a PechaKucha (a series of brief six min. introductions to their research relevant to ACUMEN’s theme). This fast paced format will quickly familiarise attendants with a selection of the diversity of research interests present.
To allow some flexibility in travel times the programme is aimed to run between the following times:
Registration for ACUMEN costs 25GBP. This will cover the lunch and tea/coffee breaks on both days and a three course dinner on the evening of the 12 December (excl. drinks).
The decision on applications to participate will be communicated by16 November at the latest. Recipients of the postgraduate bursaries will be informed by 05 November at the latest.
ACUMEN will be held at Hayley’s Hotel in Headingley, Leeds, UK. Headingley is a leafy suburb towards the north of the City of Leeds and the university campus. Its centre conveniently offers a few pubs and restaurants, as well as shops. Registration on the morning of the 12 December will be in the hotel’s reception area.
Please note train travel can be an affordable option when booked in advance. The UK’s train companies charge large amounts for tickets bought on the day!
Leeds has an international airport, called Leeds/Bradford International Airport (LBA). Resident budget airline is Jet2.com. Ryan Air and FlyBe.com also operate some flights from the airport, as do various regular airlines.
Manchester International Airport is very well connected by train to Leeds’ railway station. (Note: no night trains after a certain time. Do check time tables and book in advance for good fares.)
Trains from London to Leeds are regular. Booked in advance this can be a worthwhile option, while tickets bought on the day will be very expensive! Fast connections take about 2.5 hours.
For taxi companies:
It is expected many participants will be able to stay at the venue itself: Hayley’s Hotel. Rooms are made available at a discounted rate. Any interest can be expressed through filling out the application form. There is a variety of rooms at very reasonable rates, but please note that not everyone’s preference can be honoured.
Map with venue and locations for travel arrangements
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Any questions or inquiries, please contact Benjamin Vis at B.N.Vis10(at)leeds.ac.uk