At the Frontiers of Urban Space

At the frontiers of Urban Space

From 22nd to 24th January 2014 will be held the International conference "At the Frontiers of  Urban Space. Small towns of the world: emergence, growth, economic and social role, territorial integration, governance" at the University of Avignon. Organized by François Moriconi, Cathy Chatel et Julien Bordagi (UMR 7300 ESPACE - Avignon), the conference aims to expose various issues concerning the bottom of the urban hierarchy and how these can enrich the urban concept.


Fees change:
the registration fees will increase from 11 December 2013.


  • Comparative approach: India, Europe, Africa, Latin America…
  • Small towns, networks and mobility
  • Small town and land issues
  • Urban systems and hierarchies
  • Emerging towns: genesis and history
  • Role of politics, role of spontaneous urbanisation
  • Small town economy
  • Small towns and sustainable development


  • Public: researchers, professors, students
  • Fields: geography, demography, history, spatial economy, sociology, anthropology, law, regional planning, urbanism
  • Meeting between researchers and stakeholders

      (international institutions, development agencies, firms)


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- Final date for abstract submission: 11th October 2013

- Paper confirmation: 15th November 2013

- Final date for sending full paper: 20th December 2013


Submission modality

Abstracts should be submit on this website (in english or french)  from the tab "Submit" situated under the menu "Call for papers" on the top left of the page.

An account HAL or Sciencesconf.orf is necessary for the procedure, but it can be directly created.

Direct link to submit:


 The accepted abstracts will be put online on this website and then conference proceeding will be published online on the open access website HAL in the collection of the laboratory UMR ESPACE.

 In addition, a publication in the scientific journal "Territoire en Mouvement" in 2014 on the themes of the conference. The call for papers will be announced during the event.


Guided tour of Avignon

A guided tour is held Friday, January 24, 2014 at 14 pm. It will be animated in English by a professor of the University of Avignon.

All conference participants are invited to join us on this visit.








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