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De Morgan House (Hardy Room)

57-58 Russell Square

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WC1B 4HS

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An interdisciplinary symposium bringing together academics, communities, and artists in conversation about urban change

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Since the 1990s, urban scholars have turned their attention to the role of language and discourse in mediating urban change (e.g. Hastings 1999). Extending this ‘linguistic turn’ in urban studies, this symposium broadens the empirical focus to include semiotic objects and systems beyond language to include maps, visual facades, and social media platforms. It brings together cultural geographers, sociolinguists, urban historians, media and communication scholars to discuss how they approach these signs of urban changes from their respective disciplinary perspectives and explore common ground during the day. The event in the evening invites community organisers, public researchers, and urban artists to join the dialogue by presenting how they have each responded to urban change using maps, stories, and material objects. The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion regarding how academics could more effectively collaborate with community organisations and the public to contribute towards positive urban changes.

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Day Session 10am-5pm

Hardy Room, De Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, Holborn, London WC1B 4HS

10:00 – 10:30 Registration

10:30 – 11:00 Welcome & introduction (Jackie Lou and Melissa Butcher)

11:00– 11:30 Signs of urban change in Gothenburg: Investigating segregation and gentrification from a linguistic landscape perspective (Johan Järhled)

11:30 – 12:00 Imagining the future, (re)imagining place: examining urban processes of place-making, creativity and social cohesion in east London’s Olympic redevelopment (Melissa Butcher)

12:00 – 12:30 Layers of London: Mapping 2,000 years of change in London (Matthew Davies)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:30 The visual-material politics of urban change (Giorgia Aiello)

14:30 – 15:00 Social media platforms and the phenomenology of urban transformation (Scott Rodgers)

15:00 – 15:30 The impact of urban change on linguistic landscapes: A tale of two Chinatowns (Jackie Lou)

15:30 – 16:00 The Making of Chinatown: recording and sharing oral histories of London’s Chinatown since the 1960s (Xiao Ma)

16:00 – 16:30 Panel discussion: workshop themes and interdisciplinary collaboration

17:00 – 18:00 Evening break (tea, coffee, nibbles)

Evening Session 6-8.30pm

Hardy Room, De Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, Holborn, London WC1B 4HS

18:00 – 18:15 Welcome and Introduction (Melissa Butcher and Jackie Lou)

18:15 -- 18:45 Our Kind of Town?: Citizen mapping and the re-imagination of London (Phil Cohen)

18:45 – 19:15 Discovering, collecting, and ‘stealing’? (Jazoo Yang)

19:15 – 19:45 Local storytelling in global cities (Ali Pretty with Les Morgan)

19:45 – 20:30 Panel discussion: cross-sector collaborations

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De Morgan House (Hardy Room)

57-58 Russell Square

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WC1B 4HS

United Kingdom

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