UCL Urban Laboratory


London's Burning: Our Habitat in Times of Crisis

29 May 2014, 6:30 pm–7:30 pm

London’s Burning: Our Habitat in Times of Crisis

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Roberts Lecture Theatre 106, Roberts Building, Malet Place

Contemporary discussions of the crisis of global capitalism depict the city as a locus of particular vulnerability; the centre of a pattern of intersecting and mutually reinforcing calamities. London's Burning aims to capture what is seen as the emergence of a new historical consciousness of crisis, and offer a collective critical reflection on its workings. The discussion is the result of a group of researchers forming a creative and constructive dialogue between disciplines, in what has recently been described as a 'politics of microspection'.

Led by Florian Mussgnug (UCL Italian), the contributors will deliberately adopt the standpoint of the local, the habitat, and explore how the sites of our daily life in London - our private and shared spaces, images, stories - can point the way to a new experience of the planet.

Speakers include Matthew Beaumont (English); Lesley Caldwell (SELCS/Psychoanalysis Unit); Ben Campkin (Director, UCL Urban Laboratory); Sharon Morris (Slade); Matilde Nardelli (Slade); Hayley Newman (Slade); Joy Sleeman (Slade); Richard Taws (History of Art).

The event is part of the UCL Festival of the Arts. Places are free but must be reserved on Eventbite.