Urban ARC 2021 | Urban Imaginaries

IIHS Annual Research Conference  | 14 – 16 January 2021

Dates and Procedures:

30 November 2020 Deadline for Submitting Abstracts
Early December Announcement of Selected Papers
5 January 2021 Submission of Completed Papers
14 – 16 January 2021 Urban ARC 2021


Please note that abstracts have to be submitted with the following guidelines:

  1. Full title and name and institutional affiliation of the author.
  2. Complete end-text and in-text referencing in APA format.


Abstracts not in the prescribed format will not be considered for inclusion in the conference proceeding.



The format and location of the conference will be finalised based on the applications and the ground conditions in January 2021. The possibilities of both online participation as well as in-person participation remain open, however, it will be contingent on prevailing conditions and existing national, state and institutional advisories. We will update the conference website as soon as the format is finalised.


Financial Support:

Limited Financial Support is available for early career scholars. Participants wishing to avail of support must contact research@iihs.ac.in



All copyright for original work will lie with the author. IIHS will use material only with prior permission.


About the Indian Institute for Human Settlements:

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. More details about IIHS, its research, practice, and work can be found at iihs.co.in.


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In-person attendance to Urban ARC 2021

Disclaimer: These protocols are based on the current situation on the ground and will be updated as and when there are changes. Participants should take into account that there may be a new set of advisories just prior to, and during the events.

What are the mandatory requirements to travel to the conference?

  1. IgG Antibody Test/ COVID RT-PCR test


While the State of Karnataka has eased quarantine norms, IIHS has put in the following protocols for interstate and intrastate travel. Please note, protocols mentioned below are the ones being followed at present, and will be applied in January 2021 if there are no changes. Incase of changes, new protocols will be instituted.


For travellers within Karnataka: Participants will need to submit an IgG Antibody Test report not older than 48 hours prior to date of arrival. If the report is negative, they will be allowed to travel to the conference.


For outstation travellers if the conference is hosted at IIHS: Participants should reach Bangalore at least 4 days in advance of the conference and will have to undergo a COVID RT-PCR test on day 3 of arrival. The report will be available in 24 hours. If the report is negative, participants will be allowed to join the conference. If the report is positive, they will have to move in to institutional quarantine or hospital isolation.


For outstation travellers if the conference is hosted at an external venue: If the conference and accommodation is arranged at an external location, participants will have to arrive 24 hours in advance and do a Rapid Antigen Test. If report is negative, they will be allowed to attend the workshop the next day. If the report is positive, they will have to move in to institutional quarantine or hospital isolation.


  1. Medical Insurance with the necessary coverage

What happens if I test positive for COVID?

If the RT-PCR test report is positive, participant will have to move in to an institutional quarantine or hospital isolation. Please ensure that you have medical insurance. IIHS will not be able to cover the medical requirements and / or expenses as applicable, during such an eventuality, necessary logistical support can be provided on a best effort basis. The same protocol applies if the Rapid Antigen Test is positive.

Do I need medical insurance to travel?

Yes. All participants will need to have a medical insurance policy with necessary coverages. This is to ensure that in case of any medical emergency, the insured receives proper coverage at the medical facilities in Bangalore. While IIHS will not be able to cover the medical requirements and / or expenses as applicable, during such an eventuality, necessary logistical support can be provided on a best effort basis.

Will accommodation for the conference/workshop be provided?

Yes. IIHS will provide accommodation, food, and arrange transport for the participants attending the conference in-person.

What precautions will be taken at the venue?

  1. All participants allowed to visit IIHS after reviewing the test results, will be screened at the point of entry.
  2. Masks and face shields will be provided as a welcome kit at the accommodation venue.
  3. Participants will have to follow all social distancing norms and sanitizing protocols at IIHS.
  4. The conference set-up will be pre-arranged at the venue with due consideration to social distancing requirements