London's Burning: Our Habitat in Times of Crisis
29 May 2014, 6:30 pm–7:30 pm
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).