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The Island

The Island


21-25 October, 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

This conference will consider cities located on islands, past and present — both cities based on small islands or archipelagos (New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Venice, Amsterdam, etc.) and major population centres of larger islands or archipelagos (Reykjavik, Taipei, Palermo, Havana, Honolulu, etc.). The conference will explore how island status influences urban development, common attributes of island cities worldwide, and the opportunities that islandness presents for developing urban cultures and economies. It will also consider how and why different island cities have developed in different ways.

Keynote Speakers: Saskia Sassen, Godfrey Baldacchino, Jon Pierre, Jonathan Pugh, Brenda S.A. Yeoh, and Christian Wichmann Matthiessen

Deadline for Abstracts: 30 April 2014

Please e-mail Adam Grydehøj at for more information.


Jonathan Pugh

Senior Academic Fellow in Territorial Governance

Room 2.24a (4th FloorDayshBuilding)

Department of Geography

School of Geography, Politics and Sociology


Newcastle upon Tyne

Tyne and Wear



Latest paper: Pugh J. Speaking Without Voice: Participatory Planning, Acknowledgment, and Latent Subjectivity in Barbados. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 2013, 103(5), 1266-1281.

Latest book: Pugh J, ed. What is radical politics today?.Basingstoke: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009.

“Jonathan Pugh gathers some of the most innovative and insightful voices from Britain and beyond to stage a series of debates on the central issues facing radical politics today. This collection is a model for the kinds of discussion we need to move forward.” (Michael Hardt, co-author of Empire).



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