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Call for Papers: Liminal London

Friday 21 February 2020: Liminal London: Real and Unreal Spaces of the 20th Century Metropolis. Deadline for abstracts 9 January 2020. Liminal London invites 250 word proposals for cross-disciplinary papers that consider the existence of heterotopic sites and other spaces straddling the real and the unreal throughout London in the twentieth century.

Photography, Space & Violence: a Workshop

13 December 2019: A collaboration between three Birkbeck Research Centres, this workshop focuses on photography as a tool for representing places where routine or traumatic violence unfolded. With Speakers including Claire Zimmerman, Alberto Toscano, Sean Willcock and Steve Edwards.

Apocalyptic Archives: Nuclear Landscapes & Material Histories

6 December 2019: This public conversation between architect David Burns and artist Susan Schuppli explores the legacies of nuclear contamination within the global geographies of weapons testing, uranium mining, and power plants. From British military activities at the Maralinga test site to the more recent discovery of radioactive contaminates off the West Coast of Canada linked to Fukushima, these researchers explore the archival capacities of landscapes to recall and bear witness.

Otto Koenigsberger & Global Histories of Modernism

26 November 2019: This presentation by Vandana Baweja (University of Florida) examines how German émigré and colonial state architect Otto Koenigsberger’s career can illuminate “global” as a paradigm in modernist historiography.

ASSC Events 2019-20

From Nuclear Landscapes to representations of Southeast Asian Islamic Architecture, see what we’ve got in store for the next 12 months.

The English Country House

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12 December 2019: Co-organised by the Birkbeck Eighteenth-Century Research Group, and the Architecture, Space and Society Research Centre. Three speakers will consider aspects of the English country house from the eighteenth century to the present: Jon Sobart, Abby van Slyck, and Kate Retford.

Two new visiting researchers at ASSC

ASSC is pleased to announce that Anne-Françoise Morel and Claire Zimmerman will be our two visiting researchers for the academic year 2019-2020.

Factory World: Architecture and Industrialization over Time and Space

31 October 2019: A symposium supported by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the Architecture Space and Society Centre. This one-day symposium explores new research on factory architecture and images of factories between the Industrial Revolution and the present day.

Solitude and its Spaces across History, Philosophy and Architecture: A Conversation

24 June 2019: an informal conversation between three scholars whose work deals with solitude, isolation, confinement and the rooms, cells and other spaces within which these states are experienced and enforced. Fom the eighteenth century to the present, the discussion will address questions such as: What distinguishes solitude from isolation, a room of one’s own from a cell? And why study the history of these concepts and spaces?

Euston Twilight

22 May 2019: The following are some images that we’ll refer to on our walk today, ‘Euston Twilight: ‘Hotels, Boarding Houses and Luxury Squats in Postwar London’, one of a series of ASSC events for Birkbeck Arts Week. Fig. 1… Continue Reading →

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