Richmond, The American International University in London is pleased to invite submissions for a One-Day Conference to be held at its Kensington Campus on 29th November 2014
Over the last ten to fifteen years, London like most other global cities has experienced unprecedented levels of urban redevelopment. Urban transformations have found powerful representational form in contradictory images of gritty television and film thrillers centred on crumbling tower blocks and run-down shopping precincts, on the one hand, and those of air-brushed brochures and advertisements of regeneration projects put out by private developers, on the other. Underlying these images of the city is the politics of revisioning urban development, where the everyday life of inhabitants intersects the aspirations of politicians, planners, artists and activists.
(Re)Visioning the Urban Imagination seeks to address the representations of urban redevelopment by investigating the interplay of aesthetics and politics as it concerns competing imaginations of the transforming city. It is organised around a few key questions:
In seeking to create an interdisciplinary conversation on these questions, papers are welcome from emerging and established scholars, urban planners, community representatives, artists and activists on the following themes and topics:
Please send abstracts of up to 300 words for a 20-minute talk to Nicola Mann and Susan Pell at email@example.com by 20th August 2014. The organizers will announce all decisions about papers by Monday 15th September 2014.
The conference is free and open to the public.
Supported by the International Visual Arts and Culture (IVAC) and State, Power, and Globalization (SPG) research clusters at Richmond University.