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Workshop: 'Zones of Conflict: Uneven Geographies'

20 January 2009

UCL Department of History of Art will be hosting a one-day research workshop titled 'Zones of Conflict: Uneven Geographies' on Saturday 24 January.

The workshop will explore artistic and architectural responses to the transnational forms of economic, social and political inequality engendered by globalisation.

Among the subjects under debate will be the role of heightened networks of security and the threat of terrorism in its various guises within geopolitical conflicts. Israel's ongoing bombing and ground invasion of Gaza will be a particular focus, as well as the role of humanitarianism, nongovernmental agencies and divisive media ecologies.

Speakers will include:

  • Yates McKee (Columbia University, New York)
  • John Palmesino (ETH Studio Basel-Contemporary City Institute)
  • Alessandro Petti (Research Fellow at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College, UCL)
  • Adania Shibli (University of East London)
  • Eyal Sivan (University of East London)
  • Eyal Weizman (Director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, UCL)

The workshop will be held at Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1 on Gower Street from 3.30pm to 8pm.

The event is third in a series of four workshops that consideres how recent geopoltical crises have affected visual culture and artistic practice, titled 'Zones of Conflict: Rethinking Contemporary Art During Global Crisis'. The workshops are organised by T J Demos of UCL History of Art and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The fourth event, 'Transnational Communities', takes place at Tate Britain on 14 February.