3rd Conference

3rd Conference
International Conference on Urban Studies: Textual and Spatial Urban Dynamics in Health, Culture, and Society
7 – 8 December 2012

Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Airlangga held the 2nd International Conference on Urban Studies in December 7th-8th 2009. The main theme of this conference is “Textual and Spatial Urban Dynamics in Health, Culture, and Society”. This conference emerged from the primary strategic objective of Universitas Airlangga to become a center of world class research in the health sciences in Indonesia. However, health issues tend to be considered solely from a biomedical perspective. Multi-disciplinary approaches to health problems have frequently been overlooked or underexplored. We therefore invited sessions and panels that follow the conference sub-themes for presentations:
1. Urban Communities and Cultures
2. Urban Mobilization and Its Impacts on Health
3. Urban Space and Economy
4. Urban Behavior and the Emergence of Illness
5. Language and Social Changes

The Keynote Speakers of this conference were:
1. Prof. Wan Zawawi Ibrahim
2. Prof. Sharad Adhikary Prasad
3. Manneke Budiman, Ph.D
4. Prof. Dr Azizan Baharuddin
5. Prof. Catherine Driscoll
6. Dr. Goh Beng Lan
7. Deny Arnos Kwary, Ph.D
Number of participants in this conference 112 from Indonesia, Nigeria, Malaysia, Australia, France, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Iran, United States of America

Why was the city of Surabaya chosen to host our Conference? Surabaya plays a critical role in the development of grassroots movements in Indonesia. The country’s struggle for independence from the Dutch colonialism reached its peak with the famed November 10 Battle against the Dutch Army in Surabaya (celebrated as Indonesia’s Memorial Day). The city is also well-known for its multicultural, vibrant, and egalitarian denizens. The rural-urban and boundary-crossing dynamics of this 700-year-old port city is indisputable. It becomes a perfect venue for our conference due to the widely-recognized creativity of its inhabitants in seeking innovative solutions to life problems that the mainstream power structures cannot accommodate in the economic, social, cultural, and political realms. In recent years, Surabaya has impressed the international public in Southeast Asia, as well as Asia, for its pioneering capability of transforming polluted industrial zones marked by densely populated slum areas into a city dazzlingly characterized by dominant public green spaces.