Governing Urban Natures

Governing Urban Natures

"Governing Urban Natures: Infrastructure, Citizenship and Municipal Ecologies"


Aarhus University, December 4-5, 2019


About the conference: 

This collaborative conference at the Aarhus University, Faculty of Arts will bring together a diverse group of scholars from across multiple disciplines to interrogate the past, present, and future of urban natures, focusing especially on the material politics of urban citizenship, infrastructural relations and service provision, and the formation and transformation of cities in the broadest terms. Among a number of other themes, confirmed presenters will interrogate i) the flows of water, energy, elements, and affect that bind the city to its hinterlands; ii) the complex intersection and co-constitution of human and more-than-human urban spatial forms; and iii) the nature of “the municipal” as both an empirical and analytical category in relation to questions of environmental crisis and governance. Taking place over two days in the picturesque Danish city of Aarhus, the conference welcomes attendance from anyone with an interest in the politics, governance, and everyday experience of urban environments around the globe. Click here for more information.


Confirmed keynote speakers:

Dorothee Brantz, Director of the Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität Berlin

Anne Rademacher, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Anthropology, New York University


Co-organized by:

Ecological Globalizations Research Group

Urban Orders Research Center

Center for Environmental Humanities 

Danish Center for Urban History



Mikkel Thelle, Associate Professor, History,

Heather Anne Swanson, Associate Professor, Anthropology 



Registration for conference: Free of charge, but registration is necessary 

Registration for dinner: 250 DKK

Registration deadline: 15 november 2019 at 11.59 pm CEST 

Please register here