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Clare Melhuish guest researcher at CCHS and HDK

News: Mar 29, 2017

Clare Melhuish will be guest researcher at HDK and Centre for Critical Heritage Studies/Curating the City-cluster during April 2017.

Clare Melhuish is a Senior Research Associate and Co-Director of UCL Urban Laboratory as well co-coordinator of the research-cluster Curating the City within the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies. She will be guest researcher at HDK and Dept of Conservation throughout April. During this period she will give a seminar “The real modernity that is here’: understanding the role of digital visualisations in the production of a new urban imaginary at Msheireb Downtown, Doha” Tue 4th at 1300 in 206b – se link, as well as participate in the upcoming workshop Co-curating the city: universities and urban heritage past and future II (April 19-21) – there will be more info about this but below you´ll find a link to the first workshop.

She will also conduct of small study where the aim is to explore how universities embedded in multicultural, postcolonial cities formulate conceptions of their own institutional and community identity and heritage, and develop them in the context of urban spatial development plans through engagement with, understanding, and mobilisation of, other urban communities' conceptions of identity and heritage.

During a period of three weeks in Gothenburg (April 3rd – 21st) she will be looking for evidence of these processes, seeking to understand the University of Gothenburg as a "closed" or "open" system in relation to the city. What kind of a university is University of Gothenburg, and how does it perceive and enact its identity in relationship to the city? How do the university’s communities of interest and practice react to and shape social and material change in the city?

Therefor she's interested in hearing from staff and students who would like to participate in the research by responding to some questions (attached) - preferably in interviews. The questions are intended to generate some data on the various ways in which members of the university engage with the city, and to provide a space for reflection on those processes.

Anonymised responses will be analysed alongside observations of university life in and between buildings, and a consideration of the design of new university spaces in the urban context and in relation to urban planning policy.

Please contact Clare at clare.melhuish@ucl.ac.uk if you are interested

Find out more about Clare here:


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