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Rodrigo Firmino – Situating Architecture Lecture Series

Start: Dec 7, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Dec 7, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Splintering Surveillance as a New Territorial Layer
Besides the hype and enthusiasm surrounding the possibilities of an increasing capacity for central control of the urban environment justified by the dream of smart urbanism, the city is also made up of a series of scattered networks of technologies and practices. These form a fluid network of devices and systems that participate in the formation of an intangible territorial layer made of ephemeral appropriations of space with various levels of interconnection, systematization and complexity. I believe there is an informal and unnegotiated form of territorialization―part of what David Lyon and Zygmunt Bauman call “liquid surveillance”―that is fundamentally supported by the possibilities for smarter control over actions in the urban space offered by ever smaller and more invisible technologies.

Lunchtime research conversation: Dr Rodrigo Firmino

Start: Oct 26, 2015 1:10:00 PM
End: Oct 26, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Connected Spaces, Controlled Movements: Technology, Surveillance, Security, and Cities
An informal lunchtime research conversation with Dr Rodrigo Firmino, Urban Laboratory Honorary Senior Research Associate until September 2016.

Gender, climate change and urbanisation: Revisiting the links

Start: Oct 21, 2015 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 21, 2015 7:30:00 PM

Global Gender and Climate Alliance rally
Debates on climate change have evolved significantly over the last decades but only recently has the urban and gendered nature of this process become distinct and significant components of discussions. However, the intersection of the three elements - or the ‘gendered’ nature of climate change in urban areas - remains little explored in our increasingly urbanising world.

Ahead of the United Nations COP21 - Paris Climate Conference, this event will broach the increasingly urgent matter through the projection of a short film, followed by an expert panel debate.


Bartlett Research Exchange - International Urban Research

Start: Oct 15, 2015 4:00:00 PM
End: Oct 15, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Bartlett Research Exchange - International Urban Research
This event organised by The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL provides the chance to consider international urban research concentrations across the Faculty and to discuss the future of international research on cities and urbanism in relation to other centres of expertise within and beyond UCL.

Marxist Morphologies: A Critique of Flat Infrastructures, Fuzzy Property and Complexified Cities

Start: Oct 12, 2015 5:00:00 PM
End: Oct 12, 2015 6:30:00 PM

Murawski MVC Seminar
Drawing on examples from socialist-era and post-1989 Warsaw, Dr Michał Murawski (UCL SSEES) critiques some assumptions often made by urban anthropologists and other scholars of cities, with a focus on currently fashionable theories of ‘infrastructure’. It problematizes some of the ways in which scholarship informed by ANT, assemblage theory and other varieties of (post)-postmodernism makes use of morphological optics to represent social life as necessarily ‘flat’, complex’, ‘fuzzy’ and ‘partial’. As a corrective, it posits a ‘vertical’ Marxist notion of infrastructure – founded on a dynamic understanding of the relationship between determining economic base and determined superstructure – as a way of providing a glimpse into another world. A world in which heretic morphologies – vertical planes, totalities, reductions of complexity – continue to thrive.

Practising Ethics: Positionality, Spatiality and Subjectivity in Dialogue

Start: Oct 12, 2015 2:00:00 PM
End: Oct 12, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Sophie Handler, Civil Twilight (2008). Photograph: Verity-Jane Keefe, Ageing Facilities
In this symposium speakers will consider how ethics is practiced from the perspective of positionality, spatiality and subjectivity in dialogue. Universities tend to have clear guidelines on the ethical procedures involved in gaining informed consent when interviewing subjects, but these often do not consider the subjective experiences and emotional effects of gathering verbal and visual materials. Geography, psychoanalysis, ethnography/anthropology, political science, architectural design and the visual/performing arts offer a more nuanced and conceptual understanding of the possible spatial, cultural and political settings involved in conversing. Drawing on their own experiences as students, supervisors, practitioners and researchers, speakers will draw out questions around the spatial positions we take up when speaking and listening, how these are informed by the psychic structures of subject-object relations and the power dynamics around seeing/being seen, speaking/being heard, and variations according to practice and discipline.

Photography for Prosperity

Start: Oct 8, 2015 5:00:00 PM
End: Oct 8, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Photography for Posterity Image
Photography for Prosperity is a special event in the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity’s weekly public seminar series. It is part of the Countdown 2030 conference series, leading up to a major dual-location conference in Bloomsbury and East London in November.

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