Metropolitan Conference 2020

2020 has shown how flexible our cities can be. The Covid-19 pandemic cleared the streets and forced us to find new arenas for togetherness. Global protests against racism and discrimination reinstated the importance of cities as physical meeting places. This year’s Metropolitan Conference will be held on October 28 and 29 at OsloMet, and this year’s theme is ‘the flexibility of the city’. We now invite contributions that critically engage with questions related to cities’ ability to change.


The conference has 16 sessions dealing with a variety of themes, including housing, social inequality, migration and integration, urban development, and future scenarios.

If you want to contribute: Abstracts of 200-300 words are sent to the contact person for the session (contact information can be found on the session page). Extended deadling: September 11.


The conference is primarily conduced in Norwegian and Nordic languages, but we have several sessions and presentations in English. Individual contributions can be in either.

Social distancing and infection prevention

Due to covid-19 and infection prevention considerations, much remains unclear about this year’s conference. The conference will much likely allow a limited number of physical participants and facilitate for digital participation.

If the situation allows a physical conference with hospitality, we will NOT be charging a conference fee. The amount of places will be limited, and the participants will have to cover any food or drinks. We also facilitate for streaming the plenary sessions and digital participation.

We are following current guidelines and planning the conference accordingly.