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.
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.
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.
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.
From Nuclear Landscapes to representations of Southeast Asian Islamic Architecture, see what we’ve got in store for the next 12 months.
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.
ASSC is pleased to announce that Anne-Françoise Morel and Claire Zimmerman will be our two visiting researchers for the academic year 2019-2020.
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.
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?