Program Director

Dr. Carol Reese
School of Architecture
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (504) 314.2328

Steering Committee

Michele Adams (Sociology)
Patrick Rafail (Sociology)
Reggie Ferreira (Social Work)
Qingwen Xu (Social Work)
Joel Devine (Urban Studies)
Carol M. Reese (Urban Studies)


Framing Cities:

City Culture + Community 1st Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium

February 13 - 14, 2014

We live in an increasingly urban world; best estimates suggest 75% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. This presents new social, economic, political, and environmental challenges. No one discipline can address these changes.
To that end, this symposium supports scholars in forming networks across disciplines to better address new iterations of old issues of the city, such as climate change, density and equity. In fostering communication, we hope scholars will use these connections to do interdisciplinary work. In acknowledging the risks associated with interdisciplinary scholarship, we celebrate the vital importance of creating such a space and hope to add momentum to these efforts.
We are not naïve about the difficulties and risks associated with interdisciplinary enterprises within the highly regulated space of a siloed academy. However, we believe in the power of cultivating a perspective through leveraging an integration of diverse theoretical and methodological approaches. This mashing of approaches may generate productive forms of knowledge, discourse, and activism. As the academy continues to evolve, interdisciplinarity proves more and more a necessity. By interdisciplinary, we mean the generation of questions and mixture of methods from various and diverse disciplines in the creation of new forms of knowledge. The 2014 City Culture + Community symposium, Framing Cities, will provide a forum for interdisciplinary dialogue on topics related to place, design and social justice.

The Framing Cities Symposium will showcase research and ideas from academics and practitioners throughout the region and country.


Check back soon for details on registration & submission!

For more information, please contact Clare Cannon at

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000