City Seminar Workshop

13 May 2011, 12:30 - 18:15

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

Cities can be understood as multifaceted assemblages of persons and things, of memories and future visions, of violence and solidarity, of brick walls and intensive affects. In order to gain further insights into these multiplicities, the City Seminar Workshop aims at bringing together a range of scholars from different disciplines in Cambridge who address urban issues in their work. By bringing into dialogue different conceptual approaches and methodological tools that may be employed when studying the urban, this workshop seeks to stimulate fruitful exchanges and inspiring discussions between younger scholars and established faculty members. Papers will address the issue of Memory and Representation, looking at representations of the urban in memory, art, literature and film, and the topic Materialities of Domination,investigating how the urban built environment may be implicated in relations of force and power. Lastly, the panel Inclusion/Exclusion will deal with borders and divisions in cities, which can be separating, but also inspire resistance or be overcome.


Open to all but online registration is required.

Part of the City Seminar series.
For more information about the group, please visit the link on the right hand side of this page. 

Preliminary Programme



12.30 - 12.50


12.50 - 14.30

Welcome and Introduction


Panel 1: Materialities of Domination

Discussant: Dr Max Gwiazda (Dept of Architecture)

Professor Caroline Humphrey (Department of Social Anthropology)
Violence and Urban Architecture: Events at the Ensemble of the Odessa Steps in 1904-5

Michal Murawski (PhD Candidate, Dept of Social Anthropology)

From Iconicity to Dominationality: The Stalinist Palace of Culture and Science in Contemporary Warsaw

Britt Bailie (Research Associate, Department of Architecture)
Core Dilemmas: Reconstructing Vukovar's Historic Centre

14.30 - 15.45

 Panel 2: Memory and Representation

Discussant: Annie Ring (PhD Candidate, Dept of German and Dutch)

Dr Chiara de Cesari (Department of Archaeology)

Heritage under Occupation: The Restoration of Old Hebron in the Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Uilleam Blacker (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept of Slavonic Studies)
Living among the Memory of Vanished Others: The Case of L'viv

Anita Bakshi (PhD Candidate, Dept of Architecture)
A Resource of Memory: Researching Nicosia's Buffer Zone

15.45 - 16.00 

Tea/Coffee Break

16.00 - 17.15

Panel 3: Inclusion/Exclusion

Discussant: Dr Felipe Hernandez (Dept of Architecture)

Dr Wendy Pullan (Department of Architecture)
The Structure of Space in Contested Cities

Ross Anthony (PhD Candidate, Department of Social Anthropology)
In Spite of the State: Ethnicity in Urumqi

Dr Emma Mawdsley (Department of Geography) and
Yaffa Truleove (Department of Geography)
Constructing Criminality and Citizenship: Water Politics in the Making of ?World Class? Delhi

17.15 - 18.15

Wine Reception at CRASSH