The transgressive city:

Comparative perspectives on governance and the possibilities of everyday life in the emerging global city

July 21-23, 2016

Transgression has long been associated to urban life, as a way to challenge authority. Urban anonymity can provide opportunities for transgressing moral and social norms. Urban complexity can challenge pretentions of rational calculation and thus stimulate modes of action that follow transgressive forms of rationality. Urban continuous transformation challenges means of state control. Many scholars have linked emancipation and rebellion with cities. But beyond political mobilization, the city is seen as transgressive because it concentrates violence, riots, extreme polarization, and informality.

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Mexico City is one of the largest cities of the world and undoubtedly one of the most vibrant cultural centers of the Americas. It has a diverse and rich history of cultural dialogue, with numerous historical sites that may be of interest to the conference participants (from pre-Hispanic pyramids to cutting edge contemporary art museums). Despite international news about violence in the country, the capital city remains safe and conference delegates should not have security problems. Mexico City is as safe as any large city in Europe or the United States.

Conference venue

All activities will take place in the Colegio de Mexico (Colmex), which is located approximately 22 km south of the historical center, near Ciudad Universitaria (4 km) and the Coyoacan and San Angel area (famous for being the home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera).


    Cultural program

    We will organize a choice of activities for the Saturday after the conference, including a guided tour of the historic center. We will also provide information for visits to sites of interest before or after the conference (Teotihuacan, Tepoztlan, and other “pueblos magicos”). We are also thinking of other activities. Bearing in mind the large distances one has to travel in the city, we may keep some activities for the Sunday morning (for instance, a visit of the peripheries). Despite the city”s “transgressive” image, it remains safe for visitors who take standard precautions. We will provide more tips closer to the event. During the conference, there will be organized transportation from hotels.

  • November 30 at 23 hours, Mexico City local time

    Deadline for stream proposals

    December 10

    Notification of selected streams

    December 11

    Call for papers opens

    February 5th, 2016

    Deadline for abstract submission

    February 28

    Notification of selected abstracts

    March 1st

    Registration opens

    May 15th

    Deadline for early bird registrations

    July 1st

    Deadline for full paper submission

    July 17th

    Online registration closes

  • We have made block reservations in various hotels, offering a range of prices (conversions to US$ depend on the exchange rates). These hotels are located close to the Conference venue:

    Hotel Royal Pedregal

    (4 stars): 90US$ (single, taxes included)

    Reservation Code: COLMEV

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    Hotel Camino Real

    (4 stars): 85US$ (single, taxes included)

    Reservation Code: La Ciudad Transgresora

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    Hotel El Diplomático*

    (3 stars): 52US$ (single, taxes included)

    Reservation Code: Congreso Colmex
    ( Cd. Transgresora).

    * Hotel Diplomático request to make direct reservations at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & by phone 011 52 55 63 60 66

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    Hotel Radisson Paraíso


    (4 stars) 90US$ (single, taxes included)

    Discount agreement: UNAM

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    Other possible hotels are:

    Hotel Maria Cristina**

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    Hotel Fiesta Inn Insurgentes Sur**

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    Hotel Fiesta Inn Periférico Sur**

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    Downtown area hotels:

    Hotel Histórico Central****

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    Chaya B&B Boutique**

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    Hotel Zocalo Central**

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    NH Mexico City Centro Historico**

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    Fiesta Inn Centro Historico**

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    Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico**

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    Hotel Marlowe**

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    Apartamentos Puerta Alameda Condominiums Centro Historico**

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    Hotel de Cortés**

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    Hotel Metropol**

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    Ibis Mexico Alameda**

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    Hilton Mexico City Reforma**

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    One Ciudad de Mexico Alameda**

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    Howard Johnson Hotel Alameda**

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    Best Western Majestic Hotel**

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    The historical center youth hostels, Mundo Joven Hostels, is very good and offers accommodation starting at 11US$. There are many other hotels, some more expensive and luxurious in the historical center. If you choose to reserve accommodation in the historical center, you should expect to take between 1h and 1h30 in public transportation to reach the conference venue. We recommend heading to La Bombilla metrobus station and take the conference shuttle from there.

    ** These are other possibilities for which we have not negotiated special rates. Delegates should contact them directly.


    There is a wide choice of restaurants, bars, and street food that suit all budgets near the hotels. Mexican cuisine is of course more common in these venues, but there are also a wide variety of restaurants from all over the world. During the conference, breakfast and lunch will be served in the Colmex cafeteria for under 4 US$ (open from 8 am to 4 pm).

  • A shuttle service will be available morning and evening from the Hotel Royal Pedregal, Hotel Camino Real, Hotel Diplomatico, and the metrobus station La Bombilla. From these pick-up points (some are closer than others), it takes between 10-25 minutes to reach the conference venue. Hotels also provide taxi services which should cost about 8US$ from the conference site to the hotels.

    Public transportation in Mexico City is cheap and efficient, but expect to ride in crowded trains and buses. You can find information on the subway system here. And on the metrobus system here.

    The easiest way to travel is to buy a magnetic card in the self-service machines and charge it with money. You can share the card with others. One passage is 7 pesos and you need to pay twice if you change from the metro system to the metrobus system.

    Arriving at the Benito Juarez International Airport

    When filling out the migration form to enter Mexico, do not forget to fill out the bottom part as well. Keep this bottom part in your passport, because you will need it to leave the country.

    Keep your luggage tags close when you pick up your suitcase, as they often ask them to you.

    To leave the airport, we recommend you take a taxi autorizado. When you get out of the baggage claim area, the kiosks will be either in front of you or at your right (depending on the terminal). You can choose any company. The price is preset, based on a zone system and depending on the number of passengers (it should cost approximately 350 pesos or 25 US$). After purchasing your ticket, go outside to the line of taxis where an official taxi "chief" will direct you to the next taxi in line. Present your ticket to the driver. You can tip the driver when you arrive if you have coins (10 pesos or 20 at the very most), but it is not necessary.

    There is also public transportation from the airport, depending on which hotel you choose, this maybe an option if you are traveling light. See more information here.

  • The RC21 will distribute up to 23 travel grants of up to 630 Euros per person to young scholars and PhD students.
    Will be eligible only scholars and students with paper proposals accepted at the conference as first authors.

    Candidates to the grants should send a proposal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including:

    • 1 – A small statement of interest justifying the request and a short budget,
    • 2 – A letter of reference supporting the request and
    • 3 – The confirmation of acceptance of the paper from the stream chair.

    The grant will be bank wired after the Conference. The distribution of the grants was made possible by generous contributions from FURS (Foundation of Urban and Regional Studies), the RC21 and ISA. The deadline for proposal submission is May 1st 2016.