Conference Paper and Photo Essay at Budapest, Hungary, June 07-10, 2018

2018-04-29 update

Abstract submission deadline extended to May 10, 2018

Hotel information

9th Urban Space and Social Life: Theory and Practice Theme: Development and Heritage: Present, Past, and Future


Call for Papers, Photos for Exhibition, and Photo Essays (see submission instructions below)

9th Urban Space and Social Life:  Theory and Practice

Theme: Development and Heritage: Present, Past, and Future

Call for Papers, Photos for Exhibition, and Photo Essays (see submission instructions below) 


Submission Deadline: 

April 30, 2018   Extended to May 10, 2018

Call for paper update:

Please see below for hotel recommendations.  We have a few ‘preferred accommodations and a hostel with special prices’ next to the conference venue.

We have received a wide range of interesting papers.  Topics include taste of place, stories of food, heritage preservation, traditional medicine, urban renewal, Budapest history, fashion and tradition costume and fashion, natural landscape and sustainability, and your thoughtful papers.

Date: June 7 – June 10, 2018

Location:  Budapest, Hungary

Venue: Corvinus University of Budapest


Keynote Speakers:


Former Professor Chef of Asian Cuisine, Humber College and George Brown College;

Former Director of Site Operations, Mandarin Restaurant (Toronto);

Food Expert on radio and television shows

Bok Kim OOI

APAM, JWN Conservator

Principal Architect, specialization in heritage conservation

PAM ( Pertubuhan Akiteck Malaysia, Malaysian Institute of Architects, Northern Chapter), Deputy Chairperson


Executive Editors of Built Heritage

János B. Kocsis

Institute for Economic Geography, Geoeconomics and Sustainable Development, Corvinus University of Budapest


  • 4C5M Studio
  • Corvinus University, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations
  • SUNY College of Oneonta, Sociology Department
  • World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (WHITRAP)

Conference Theme:

This conference builds on previous conferences on urban space and social life and seeks to explore contested issues that link development to (tangible and intangible) heritage. New construction and developments in and between rural and urban regions affect the preservation and creation of heritage. Issues of gentrification, infrastructure improvement, population growth, (im)migration, shifting geopolitical-economic order such as Brexit, Visegrad Group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) and so on create both contestation or conflict and social cohesion. As change and continuity in the built environment and natural heritage remain vibrant foci of research in the social sciences and humanities in terms of multi-and interdisciplinary engagement, this conference brings together scholars and practitioners to explore these relationships and connections as part of human development. Research papers, case studies, policy proposals, photo essays pertaining to these topics within the context of heritage are welcome.

The conference invites submissions on any topic that relates to development/social change, urban/rural space, social life from all disciplines.

Additional Notes:

Please view the YouTube video about our 8th conference (June 9-12, 2017, Malaysia) on Transforming Urbanity: People and Cities on the Move

Please click and visit Dynamics of Community Formation: Developing Identity and Notions of Home, edited by Robert Compton, Ho Hon Leung, and Yaser Robles, (Palgrave 2017). This book published some of the best papers from our past conferences.

Future Publication Plans:

Best papers will be invited to publish in edited volumes and special issues of journals on two topics: 1) urban heritage, 2) time-honored brands and heritage enterprises. Other emerging themes from the presentations will be considered.

Abstract Submission:

Photo essay submission:

Photo Essay

Photo essay should be in the format of a poster no bigger than 44” x 36” in size. Submit the poster in digital format to The presenter is responsible for bringing a printed copy to the conference for display.

Single Photo Submission

For the photo exhibition, an individual can submit up to 3 photos in digital format that depicts development and heritage. The best 15 photos will be printed out for the exhibition. Provide a caption of no more than 20 words for each photo along with your name and affiliation. The presenter is responsible for bringing printed copies to the conference for display.

Send your submission to

All accepted abstracts and short papers will be indexed in EBSCO.


The conference preferred accommodations which are next to the conference venue and with very reasonable price.  Please mention to the hotels and hostel that you are our conference guests.

1. Boutique Hotel Budapest

Standard double room for single use: EUR 70/night Standard double room

for double use: EUR 80/night Rate includes: VAT, city tax, buffet breakfast, wifi internet (The prices are available until May 10, 2018.)

2.  Continental Hotel Budapest

(The prices, to be announced, are available until May 10, 2018. Or contact the hotel directly.)

3.  Danubius Hotel Gellért  propertyid=14783&langid=1&nights=1&checkin=06/07/2018&group=COR070618 (The prices are available until May 18, 2018.)

4.  Gregerson Art Hostel, Budapest: 20-25 Euro /person/night (The prices are available until May 3, 2018.)