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No Abiding City: transience and transfiguration in 'modern' cities
17:30 18 March 2010
Christopher Ingold Chemistry Lecture Theatre, Christopher Ingold Building
20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ, United Kingdom
Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
In his inaugural lecture as Professor of Human Geography, Richard Dennis will discuss the hopes and fears associated with the transiency of cities, cityscapes and city people in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Marx famously declared that "All that is solid melts into air" while
Baudelaire characterised modernity as "the transient, the fleeting, the
contingent". More apocalyptically minded commentators pointed to, and
anticipated, the transitory nature of entire cities and civilizations, while
social statisticians charted the mobility of urban populations and its
consequences. Professor Dennis's lecture, drawing on more than twenty years of research on the theme of cities and modernity, will range from London to Winnipeg (a city blessed with more than its fair share of visionaries) and from the fragile inferences of censuses and surveys to the fictional certainties of George Gissing and Wyndham Lewis.
Please contact if you would like to attend:
020 7679 1346 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Richard Dennis, Professor of Human Geography, UCL
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