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Urban memoryscapes: space and memory in the post-conflict city

Date: 17 February 2015, 9.30-14.00
Location: Room 9.04, Research Centre Meeting Suite, 9th floor of Tower 2, LSE

This half-day interdisciplinary workshop will consider the ways in which post-conflict urban environments function as archives of traumatic or violent pasts, and the politics of excavation of these pasts. How are histories of conflict and violence located and marked in urban public space? What means are available for recovering occluded narratives of collective memory, beyond the traditions of the monument or the museum? How do practices of urban public memory intersect with processes of transformation and post-conflict reconstruction? And what is the political potential for the post-conflict city’s memorial landscape to function as a site of multiplicity, contestation, and the participation of diverse publics in the making and re-making of urban space?

Participants include architects, academics, activists and heritage practitioners, who will discuss diverse cases and projects located in Lebanon, Somalia, Argentina, Uruguay, the Balkans, and South Africa.

Rashid Ali, RA Projects
Gruia Badescu, University of Cambridge
Mona el Hallak Ghaibeh, Beit Beirut
Cara Levey, University College Cork
Naomi Roux, LSE Cities

The workshop is free and open to all, but booking is essential. Please register here before Tuesday 10 February.
Any queries can be directed to the convenor, Naomi Roux at
For further information please see the event page here.


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