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Ergebnisanzeige "InEvidence: Witnessing Cities and the Case of Berlin"
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TitelInEvidence: Witnessing Cities and the Case of Berlin
BeschreibungInEvidence: Witnessing Cities and the Case of Berlin
International Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Cambridge, 12-14 July 2007
Deadline call for papers: 31 January 2007

As an amalgamation of disjuncture, mutability and complex coherence, the contemporary city commands attention in unprecedented ways, exhorting the inhabitant as well as the observer to be abreast of urban threats, delights and to 'remain at all times alert'. From the metropolis to the shantytown, from the high-modern to the urban-congested, from regeneration to commemoration, the city has become a key site for investigations in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Organised in two strands, this conference will aim to bring together scholars and practitioners from a variety of fields in order to consider how the city has served to open up an arena of vivid inter-disciplinary debate and artistic production. The first strand will focus on generic issues of the modern city, drawing on a variety of examples. The concern will be with the city as a witness to changing political topographies, to economic shifts and socio-spatial transformations, as well as with 'the urban' as an entity that can itself be witnessed by the multitude of cultural undertakings emerging in and about the built environment. Under scrutiny will be the various strategies of representation operative on the ground and the institutional and independent initiatives that intervene in and elicit alternative forms of evidence. The density and friction of everyday urban encounter will equally be examined to raise questions of visibility and regulation of appearance.
The second strand will seek to take the measure of the modes of witnessing at work in a single city: Berlin. As an urban icon with a uniquely drastic twentieth-century political history, a parade- and battle-ground of antagonistic regimes, Berlin can claim a paradigmatic status for rethinking the construction and conflict of ideologies in urban form. Its recent history, whether as a city of trauma or as a global capital of espionage, is laden with experience and activities that challenge conventional ideas of the evidential, in epistemological, ontological, ethical, and juridical terms. At the same time, the official effort of memorialisation and reconstruction is often at odds with the inadvertently registered urban interventions that contest what should be made evident in, and taken in evidence of, the city.
The conference will take place at the University of Cambridge and in cooperation with the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH). Organised by the Departments of German and Architecture, it is conceived as a forum for academics, artists and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds: architecture and urban studies, cultural history and geography, media theory and visual arts, literature, political sciences and sociology.
Confirmed speakers include Daniel Libeskind (architect, NY), Richard Sennett (Sociology, LSE), Anthony Vidler (Architecture, Cooper Union), Edward Dimendberg (Film, Irvine), Mary Fulbrook (German, UCL) and Victor Burgin (Visual Arts, Goldsmiths).

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AHRC funding is available specifically for contributions from graduate students. We welcome proposals for papers (a 500-word abstract) to be submitted to *** ***, by 31 January 2007. A definitive programme should be in place by March 2007. Non-standard approaches and a plurality of perspectives are particularly encouraged.

Check the conference website for further information: ! The full web version will be online from 1 February 2007

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