Conference: Cities in Conflict 20st of June

CUCR and Unit for Global Justice would like to invite you to the following event

With the rapid intensification of urbanisation, cities have increasingly become targets, terrains, and territories of conflict. Cities are now seen as spaces of conflict, ranging from urban violence to warfare. Yet the city is also seen as a space of consociation, a place for rebuilding and for making new urban ties, lives and associations.

How do we map and document cities in and after conflict? What is the relation between the material city and conflict? Have new urban forms produced new forms of violence? How do we understand violence in everyday urban life? Is it possible to construct new forms of urban life after conflict?  This conference explores these questions by bringing together sociologists, urban theorists, photographers, documentary makers, architects, architectural theorists, urban planners, and lawyers to explore four panel themes: Architectures of Conflict, Cities at War, Urban Violences, and Reconstructing Urbanity, together with an exhibition and roundtable discussion of images of cities in conflict

Speakers include:
Mark Cousins • Martin Coward • Costas Douzinas • Michael Keith • Abdou Maliq Simone • Eyal Weizman
Ania Dabrowska • Jenny Matthews • Paul Lowe

Caroline Knowles (CUCR), Kirsten Campbell (Unit for Global Justice).
Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London

Places for this event are limited, so please ensure early booking to avoid disappointment. Details of ways to book/pay are below:
£40/£20 concession,24393,en.php
To make a card payment via phone: please ring Carole Keegan on 0207 919 7381 (except Wednesdays). Alternatively, please leave a message and your details on the answerphone: 0207 919 7390

About: Robert Grimm

All over Europe, cities are faced with the challenge of using cultural resources to re-position their city in an increasingly culturally and economically diversified European space. Related to this is a clear recognition of the growing importance of cultural resources for economic and community development. This produces new opportunities and challenges for local cultural planning and management. In order to fully exploit the innovative and supportive role of culture in European urban development, it will be necessary to develop a new socially and culturally sensitive professionalism, able to cross the boundaries between the arts, design, urban and spatial planning, public policy and the market, artistic creativity and cultural management. The MA in European Urban Cultures offers a specialist programme aimed at graduate students from Europe and elsewhere with undergraduate degrees in subject areas such as the social sciences; cultural and leisure studies; art, design and architecture; urban theory and planning; cultural marketing and management. The course is also targeted at professionals and administrators eager for the latest experiences, ideas and insights in urban cultural policy.