Information for Past Participants

In preparation for the 2nd Untaming the Urban Symposium, we are asking past participants to go through a series of three steps to develop draft papers for presentation and discussion on the first day of the symposium as part of continuing the process to develop a co-authored book (more details below)

Untaming the Urban Book Project 

Step 1: Submit your concepts/perspectives response  (Due 1st July)* NOW CLOSED
We are asking each of you to submit your individual and disciplinary responses to key terms, concepts and perspectives that fit within the overarching idea of ‘Untaming the Urban’ as you helped to explore and develop at the 1st symposium. In addition we are asking you to report on any projects/research that may have developed since the last symposium (if applicable) that could be developed as case studies of Untaming the Urban. This is the first step in a process of constructing drafts for the symposium presentation and discussion, cross-disciplinary input and development towards the co-authored book.

In light of the first symposium’s and your input in development the overarching idea of ‘untaming the urban’, please respond to the following:

  1. Key terms and Concepts: Compile a list from your own work, area of interest, practice and/or disciplinary perspective on Untaming the Urban
    – 3-5 key terms and concepts plus a short 1 sentence explanation of each
  2. Disciplinary Perspective: Articulation of your disciplinary perspective, practice and/or area of interest in the idea of ‘Untaming the Urban’
    – approx 150 words plus list of 3-5 key references
  3. Case Studies (optional): Report on your current work projects/research that may have developed since the last symposium, which could be developed as case studies of Untaming the Urban
    – approx 150 words

*We have respond to your submission with further instructions for step 2 (as of 17th August)

Step 2: There will be three ways to contribute to the book

  1. Co-author of the book:
    We will be selecting 8 (max 10) people as the books main co-authors (ie. names on front cover of the book) from those who submitted step 1 responses.
    Step 2These co-authors will then be asked to submit brief (250-500wrd) modular contributions to each chapter (or as appropriate) based on their step 1 responses and/or chapter questions with citations from their own work clearly referenced. – Due 15th September 2018 (more info to come).
    Step 3: Co-ordinating authors assigned to each chapter will compile the contributions from step 2. Draft chapters of 2000-3000 words will be due 1st of November for distribution before the symposium and will be presented and discussed at the 1st Day of the Symposium – 12th of December 2018 

  2. Individually Authored/Co-Authored Case Study(eg. box in main body of book)
    Still open to all for 250wrd abstract submissions – Abstracts Due 1st of September
    Casestudies will be something like example boxes in each chapter with specific author/s names associated to each. They will give all contributors a chance to author (or co-author) their own work and provide example that will be attributed specifically to them.
  3. Citations – quotes, references, images, etc
    Still open to all for submissions – Due 15th of September
    All authors are encouraged to submit referenced quotes (and copies of the original source material) and/or images (or other media formats) from their work that can be considered (by book co-authors) for inclusion in the appropriate chapter.

Vision: This book project will develop a unique truly interdisciplinary co-authored book that sets out the foundations of this ‘Untaming the Urban’ area of investigation on multi-species urban entanglements across disciplines. This approach may not be familiar, however the co-convenors are endeavouring to develop a process that is not overly difficult or time consuming. The act of combining different disciplinary content will develop a unique perspective and utilises innovative multimedia approaches to contemporary book publishing. The process of revision will ensure all contributions used in the book are cited properly and will connect to authors original source material. The Co-Convenors in discussion with Co-Authors will make a final decision on the selection of contributions for the book, however we will endeavour to give everyone an opportunity to contribute in some form.

August Information for Authors: please refer to this document for further details. If you have not received it via email pleas contact

Please make note of revised deadlines:
Key Dates
1st September
Case Study abstracts – open submission
15th September
Citations – open submission
Chapter – modular components from co-authors
1st November
Case Study Drafts
Chapter Drafts
Day 1 Symposium
12th December
Read drafts and check citations
Present and discuss Case Studies and Chapters
Day 2&3 Symposium
13th & 14thDecember
Watch presentations and discuss for potential additional Case Studies

Please Submit all work to:

If you have any questions or issues, please contact the co-convenors &


Step 3: Draft Chapters and Case-Studies (Due 1st November)
For circulation among participants prior to symposium
Please refer to the August Information for Authors document for further details. If you have not received it via email pleas contact


Symposium:  The aim of presenting and discussing these draft papers at the first day of the symposium is to bring together these diverse ideas to be combined, expand and further explored from cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Co-Authored Book: The aim is for a co-authored book that sets out the foundations of this ‘Untaming the Urban’ area of investigation across disciplines and terminology – eg.  urban ecologies, constructed/novel ecologies, post-anthropocentric, more-than-human, multi-species built environments, cities, towns, suburbs, etc.

Contact Dr Viveka Turnbull Hocking ( with any questions, ideas or queries about the Symposium.

Please Note –  New participants will present on the 2nd and 3rd days of the symposium – see Information for New Participants.