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The transgressive city:

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

July 21-23, 2016

  • ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

    ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

    It is still possible to register onsite.
    Payments accepted in cash only

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  • PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

    PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

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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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Venue

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).

The address of El Colegio de México is:
Camino al Ajusco No. 20 Col. Pedregal de Sta. Teresa C.P. 10740 México, D.F.

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  • We are happy to propose four organised tours to conference participants. Registration to these tours will be open as of Wednesday July 20 at 15h, directly on the conference site, the Colegio de México.

    • Tour 1: Centro histórico / Historical center

      Saturday July 23, 16h

      Meeting point: El Colegio de Mexico

      Two guides will meet the group directly at the Colegio de Mexico and begin their explanations and stories directly in the bus that will bring the group to the historical center. The centro historico is a very lively place where pre-Hispanic and post-Hispanic cultures meet; a place where various social classes mix and mingle. Saturday afternoon, in particular, is an interesting time to visit. The tour will begin with a visit of the Templo Mayor, the core of the pre-Hispanic city. Then you will spend time in the Zocalo, the large open plaza surrounded by the Palacio nacional and the cathedral. You will also visit the statue in front of the city government building. The tour will pursue in the surrounding streets. The tour will be in English, and in French if someone is interested.

      Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes approximately.

      Cost: $180 MXN per person (Cash only)

      Maximum number of participants: 50

      Note: Tour reservations closes on july 21th at 12:00 p.m.

       

    • Tour 2: La merced market

      Saturday July 23, 16h

      Meeting point: El Colegio de Mexico

      The Merced market is a lively place where one can find everything, ranging from textiles to invitation cards, from crafts to healing herbs, from religious artefacts to party supplies. The visit will describe the history of this market and the neighbourhood, also known for its sex workers. The visit will begin with the Casa de la Talavera, to pursue with the Museum of textile and music. You will then visit the Embarcadero de Roldan where merchandise was delivered through the elaborate canal system that existed until the 19th century, and its alhondiga where corn was exchanged. The tour will continue with the Merced convent and the Manzanares chapel. It will end at the Plaza La Aguilita, a dynamic place in the neighbourhood known for its local radio. The tour will be in English.

      Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes approximately

      Cost: $150 MXN per person (Cash only)

      Maximum number of participants: 30

      Note: Tour reservations closes on july 21th at 12:00 p.m.

    • Tour 3: Tepito

      Sunday July 24, 9h

      Meeting point: Hotel Diplomatico

      You will be transported from the hotel to the neighbourhood of Tepito in a small van. During this journey, Juan Gómez, your guide, will begin talking about Tepito’s intense and dynamic history. Tepito is a very well-known neighbourhood just north of the historical center. After colonisation, indigenous villages grew to house poor migrants arriving from the countryside. Famous for its vecindades (housing), one of them studied by Oscar Lewis in The Children of Sanchez, the neighbourhood is now one of the largest street vending concentrations in Latin America. It is also where many famous boxers and wrestlers come from. The tour will begin at the Lagunilla flea market and will pass through the José Maria Velasco Gallery, the Tepito market, the Maracana boxing and sports center. The tour will be in English.

      Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes approximately.

      Cost: $255 MXN per person (Cash only)

      Maximum number of participants: 17

      Note: Tour reservations closes on july 21th at 12:00 p.m.

    • Tour 4: Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl

      Sunday July 24, 9h00

      Meeting point: Hotel El Diplomatico

      The van will depart from the hotel at 9h00. It will make a first stop at the Central de abastos, where all fresh produce, meet, and fish arrive in the city before being redistributed throughout the market and street vending system. The van will then stop at the Cabeza de Juarez, a museum dedicated to muralism, and communist muralists in particular. The spectacular building, adorned with a gigantic sculpture of the head of Benito Juarez, was recently reopened to the public. You will then pursue your journey to the periphery of Mexico City, first with a visit of the Palacio municipal de Ciudad Nezahuatcoyotl, then a visit through the colonia Virgenes, a neighbourhood of this peripheral municipality. The tour will end with a visit at the Universidad Lasalle, a local university. The tour will be in Spanish with English translation.

      Duration: 2 hours approximately.

      Cost: $180 MXN per person (Cash only)

      Maximum number of participants: 17

      Note: Tour reservations closes on july 21th at 12:00 p.m.

  • 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

  • Note: Hotel registration ends july 16th.

    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

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    (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 metro Copilco station or the Bombilla metrobus (BRT) 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.

    Eating

    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).

    * Cash only
  • A shuttle service will be available morning and evening from the Hotel Royal Pedregal, Hotel Camino Real, Hotel Diplomatico, Hotel Radisson Paraiso, the metrobus (BRT) station La Bombilla, and the metro station Copilco.

     

    Route 1

    Thursday July 21, 2016:

    • Departs from Hotel Diplomatico at 8h30, stops at Bombilla metrobus (BRT) station, then at Hotel Radisson Paraiso, and Hotel Royal Pedregal.
    • Departs from conference site at 20h, stops at Hotel Radisson Paraiso and Hotel Royal Pedregal, to arrive at Hotel Diplomatico.

    Friday July 22, 2016:

    • Departs from Hotel Diplomatico at 8h00, stops at Bombilla metrobus (BRT) station, then at Hotel Radisson Paraiso, and Hotel Royal Pedregal.
    • Departs from conference site at 19h, heading to the restaurant El Cardenal.
    • Departs from El Cardenal restaurant towards hotels at 21h45

    Saturday July 23, 2016:

    • Departs from Hotel Diplomatico at 8h00, stops at Bombilla metrobus (BRT) station, then at Hotel Radisson Paraiso, and Hotel Royal Pedregal.

    Route 2

    Thursday July 21, 2016:

    • Departs from metro station Copilco (exit on the North side) at 8h30, stops at Hotel Radisson Paraiso and Hotel Royal Pedregal.
    • Departs from conference site at 20h, stops at Hotel Radisson Paraiso and Hotel Royal Pedregal, to arrive at metro station Copilco.

    Friday July 22, 2016:

    • Departs from metro station Copilco (North side) at 8h00, stops at Hotel Radisson Paraiso and Hotel Royal Pedregal.
    • Departs from conference site at 19h, heading to the restaurant El Cardenal.
    • Departs from El Cardenal restaurant towards hotels at 21h45

    Saturday July 23, 2016:

    • Departs from metro station Copilco at 8h00, stops at Hotel Radisson Paraiso and Hotel Royal Pedregal.

    Route 3
    (shuttle provided by the Hotel Camino Real)

    Thursday July 21, 2016:

    • Departs from Hotel Camino Real Pedregal at 9h00.
    • Departs from conference site at 20h to Hotel Camino Real Pedregal.

    Friday July 22, 2016:

    • Departs from Hotel Camino Real Pedregal at 8h00.

    Saturday July 23, 2016:

    • Departs from Hotel Camino Real Pedregal at 8h00.

    Shuttle services: (please note that arrival time will depend on traffic)

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    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 (BRT) 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.

    If you use public buses (marked in red on the map), you need to pay 5 pesos (cash only). Bus routes are indicated with a placard on the front window, but it is better if you ask the bus driver directly to drop you at the Colegio de Mexico.

    Taxis: Hotels often have their own service, which is more expensive. There are also taxi sitios, which charge more than a taxi you would call directly on the street. Finally, taxis you call on the street function by taxi meter. During daytime, it should start at a little more than 9 pesos. Please make sure the taxi licence with photo of the driver and finger prints is visible in the taxi window.

    Mexico also has a number of online taxi services such as Easy taxi or Uber.

    The address of El Colegio de México is:
    Camino al Ajusco No. 20
    Col. Pedregal de Sta. Teresa
    C.P. 10740
    México, D.F.