Exploring urban political discourse
Study day investigates urban political expression
by Ryan Malcolm 07 Jun 2018
An upcoming study day organised by the Laboratory of research GRIEF and the Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne University promises to explore how urban environments can shape, frame and incite political discourse.
Scheduled to be held on November 22nd of 2018, the conference invites scholars from the fields of architecture, urban studies, history, art and political, cultural and social studies to contribute to a deeper discussion around political expression in a number of historical and contemporary case studies, including the agora of Athens, the former Communist Bloc and the streets of San Francisco.
The ideas of both official and unofficial political discourse will be extensively scrutinised, traversing exactly how unofficial political discourse is able to gain traction and how these unofficial voices can become “audible.”
By analysing the tensions between officially shaped public spaces and those of unofficially used or occupied spaces and the effect they have on wider political expression, organisers hope to question the very meaning of “what is political.”
The study day will be will be held at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bretagne, 44, boulevard de Chézy, Rennes and will be conducted in both French and English.
More information is available here: Leaving Traces - Living Politics in the City