10 Feb 2012 - 11 Feb 2012 All day CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge


Conference Convener

Christopher Moffat (Gonville & Caius/History)


Conference Summary



This conference is about the possibilities and interdictions of cities, the formation of political horizons, and the dynamics of identity. The object is to address an intersection: to consider histories and trajectories of nationalism as they interact with those of urban space and place. Specifically, the conference will explore the possibility of employing spatiality as an interpretive lens to disrupt existing theories of nations and nationalism: how might we re-consider the ‘imagined community’ by locating it within what urbanists describe as the city’s ‘real-and-imagined’ space? How are political vocabularies like nationalism equipped or subverted by urban environments? In which ways might the city affect, reflect or destabilize discourses of national identity? The event will facilitate discussion on these and other questions, navigating the urban palimpsest with voices from a variety of academic disciplines and professional backgrounds to enliven debates on space, politics and identity.



Accommodation for non-paper giving delegates


We are unable to arrange accommodation, however, the following websites may be of help.


Visit Cambridge
Cambridge Rooms
University of Cambridge accommodation webpage

NB. CRASSH is not able to help with the booking of accommodation.







The conveners are grateful for the support of The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) and the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, and the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN).


 Administrative assistance: Helga Brandt (Conference Programme Manager, CRASSH)



Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk