CFP: The Second International Conference on Mega-Events and the City, Rio de Janeiro, 27-30 April 2014

I had a chance to be at the first conference on Mega-events and the City, and now the organisers are to host its second conference, taking place shortly before the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This should be an exciting conference for critical interrogation of mega-events.

OUTLINE: “The Second International Conference on Mega-Events and the City has as its objectives both the consolidation of this field of urban studies and the promotion of dialogue between researchers, teachers, students, and professionals from the public and private spheres, as well as human rights activists from around the world. The Conference aims to bring together those engaged in the study, planning, and promotion of mega-events, as well as in the conflicts that result from them.”

Revised deadline for abstract submission: 15 December 2013

Final date for discounted registration: 01 March 2014

For more information, please visit the conference web:

Latest LSE Review of Books Podcast on Architecture and Design: Framing the urban experience

LSE Review of Books is an online initiative that publishes daily reviews of academic publications across all areas of social science. Part of its initiatives includes a series of podcast, featuring academics’ views on chosen topics and the books that had some impact on their academic life.

Earlier in this academic year, the LSE Review of Books team kindly asked me to take part in their production of podcast series and present my own stories on those books that have had some influence on my thinking. The podcast has just been released and can be heard by visiting their web page. I genuinely thank Amy Mollett (managing editor) and Cheryl Brumley (multimedia editor) for giving me this opportunity to reflect upon part of my history.

Listen to the latest LSE Review of Books Podcast: Architecture and Design: Framing the urban experience

Below is the introduction to my bit in the podcast:

Hyun Bang Shin, LSE Associate Professor in Geography and Urban Studies, talks about reading Marx under South Korea’s strict national security laws and how this has influenced his own work on urban displacement.

The podcast also includes stories from David Kohn (architect and co-designer of A Room for London) and Fran Tonkiss (Reader in Sociology, LSE).

Below is the list of my own reviews that I have done so far for the blog:

LSE Comment and Opinion | From Beijing to Rio: Whose Games?

This is a commentary of mine posted on the LSE web site on 22 October, entitled From Beijing to Rio. It builds upon my research on mega-events in China to discuss lessons that can be learnt from China for Brazil’s forthcoming FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. I thank Candy Gibson at LSE Media for the help with editing.

“The excessive amount of money spent on a mega event inevitably sucks up public money to address social needs – and it hasn’t gone unnoticed in Brazil.” Hyun Bang Shin explains why the world’s attention on Rio in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup may reveal more than its government desires.

The eyes of the world will be on Brazil in the next couple of years when Rio de Janeiro hosts the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, but at what cost? Continue reading