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Co-curating the city: universities and urban heritage past and future

News: Jan 25, 2017

Centre for Critical Heritage Studies/Curating the City-cluster held a two-day workshop in London in November 2016. Part two of this workshop will take part in Gothenburg in April 2017.

The set up in London in November 2016 was a two site-based, invitation-only workshops at UCL Bloomsbury/ UCL East (Stratford, London) November 22nd and 23rd 2016. This workshop was the first of two which will explore how universities, as mixed communities of interest dispersed across urban sites, are re-evaluating their institutional identities and heritage in the context of place-based spatial development. They will examine two development initiatives led by UCL and University of Gothenburg, which seek to engage with local people and neighborhoods, and in turn participate in a re-shaping of ideas, narratives, and lived experience of urban heritage for the future. They will further consider the parallels between universities and museums as institutions engaged in the development of new urban imaginaries in postcolonial cities through collaborative processes of co-production with local populations.

The workshop was hosted by Clare Melhuish (Urban Lab/ Bartlett Commission for Learning Environments) and Dean Sully (Archaeology).

The London workshop will be followed up this year by an event in Gothenburg, focusing "Project Näckrosen", on April 19th-21st. More information will be published in the CCHS calender.

Contact details: clare.melhuish@ucl.ac.uk; d.sully@ucl.ac.uk, ingrid.holmberg@conservation.gu.se, henric.benesch@hdk.gu.se
More information regarding the cluster Curating the City can be found here.

If you want to read more about the workshop in London you find it here.


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