Date and location

  •   October 28, 2013 - October 30, 2013
  •   Aalborg University Denmark

Conference details

Call for Papers

Following workshops and conferences in Rena/Norway, Paisley/Scotland and Ísafjörður/Iceland, we hereby invite researchers, students, practitioners and policy makers to the 5th meeting of the Peripherality, marginality and border issues in Northern Europe, Regional Studies Association Research Network. The 2013 meeting is chaired by Peter de Souza, Mike Danson and Anne Lorentzen and organised by Local and Regional Development research group of the Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark.


Main theme

We would like to invite participants to present on new theoretical insights within what could be termed “the new peripherality”. Peripherality has evolved into something different and something more within the Knowledge Economy. Within the context of the Industrial Society, peripherality was understood to be the outer perimeter of industrial production, the `spare areas´, so to speak, outside the geographical perimeter of industrial production sites. Centres were (industrial) production centres. In the context of the Knowledge Economy and in societies in transition, knowledge production sites are being re-defined and are much more spatially complex. Industrial-, knowledge- as well as cultural/creative- production sites co-exist and a cultural capital may be peripheral on other types of centres. Scales, in other words, are changing and definitions of scales are being de- and reconstructed. A given locality is no longer either centre or periphery, but may be central on one scale and peripheral on another scale. This calls for a nuancing of the concept of peripherality, a nuancing which may also benefit the debate about for example `Peripheral Denmark´. Re-defining peripherality also calls for or even demands re-imagining our conceptualisation of peripheral areas and regions – how do you imagine yourself and the value of your locality compared to how others view and conceptualise your locality, and how are those images affected by changing perceptions of peripherality?

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