Living Politics in the City
Exploring political discourse
by Ryan Malcolm 10 Dec 2018
An engaging political symposium has received glowing reviews, uniting speakers from eleven countries from around the world in Rennes, France.
The Leaving Traces: Living Politics in the City symposium, convened by Swinburne University’s Assoc. Prof. Flavia Marcello and ENSA Bretagne’s Professor Carmen Popescu, explored the growth of political expression within the public sphere. The symposium was a collaboration with Frédèric Sotinel from the GRIEF research centre, Marion Hohlfeldt from the University of Rennes and Ian Woodcock from RMIT's Centre for Urban Research.
The ideas of both official and unofficial political discourse were extensively scrutinized, in relation to a number of historical and contemporary case studies, involving the agora of Athens, the former Communist Bloc and the streets of San Francisco.
The sheer scope of political discourse was reinforced by the vast range of case studies presented, with examples from Burkina Faso to Bangladesh and Brazil, and San Francisco’s Mission district to Sydney and Spittelberg (Vienna) all thrust into the spotlight over the two-day symposium.
In addition, the roles that religion and multinational corporations play in both inciting political outcry and impacting on culture were explored in-depth, investigating exactly how citizens understand and interact with these symbols of power at the street-level.
Following a congregation that proved such a resounding success, Swinburne’s Centre for Design Innovation is pleased to announce that a second Leaving Traces Symposium is to be held in Melbourne on the 18th and 19th of July 2019, in order to build on the ideas manifested in Rennes.
A call for papers for this next symposium will be released in mid-December, with those interested urged to contact Assoc. Prof. Flavia Marcello at [email protected].
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