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Bilbao and Liverpool: A Tale of Two Cities in Transformation

School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

Thursday, 8 March 2018 from 09:30 to 13:30 (GMT)

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The aim of this symposium is to compare and contrast the recent urban developments of Liverpool and Bilbao, two cities transformed by architecture and cultural industries.

By bringing a critical sociological perspective on various iconic architectural projects, the comparison will examine:

  • The role of flagship developments in overturning cycles of decline
  • The political and economic contexts that condition urban renewal as program and ideology
  • The level of financial autonomy required as the result of decentralization
  • The creation of public-private partnerships in creating gentrified zones
  • The management of cultural infrastructures in promoting new services
  • The increasing importance of urban leisure economies
  • The successes and limits of regeneration strategies to revitalize the physical environment and modernize their image in order to “sell cities.”

How local politicians use cultural strategies to achieve political goals and distance themselves from past administrations while shifting from social to economic objectives, and the internationalization of cultural events (music and art festivals, sport competitions, museum exhibits & conferences) as means to expand urban economic sectors, are major components of the urban policies adopted by Bilbao and Liverpool.

The symposium will discuss the problematic consequences of the predominant logic of the market as applied to redevelopment projects.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Arantxa Rodríguez (University of the Basque Country)
  • Dr Beatriz García (University of Liverpool)
  • Prof Joseba Zulaika (Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno)
  • Dr Paul Jones (University of Liverpool)

Refreshments will be provided and there will also be two question and answer sessions.

This symposium is supported by the Etxepare Basque Institute.

Etxepare Euskal Institutua / Basque Institute

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University of Liverpool - School of the Arts Library

L69 3BX Liverpool
United Kingdom

Thursday, 8 March 2018 from 09:30 to 13:30 (GMT)


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