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


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

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

To be Confirmed:

Editor from International Journal of Heritage Studies

Editor from Urban Affairs

Editor from Regions and Cohesion

Other keynote speakers (TBA)


  • 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.