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Stretched City: Pushing Against the Current in the Last London

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Livingmaps Network in association with the Development Planning Unit, UCL, is pleased to announce that the William Bunge Memorial Lecture for 2017 will be given by Iain Sinclair.

Stretched City: Pushing Against the Current in the Last London

Date: Wednesday June 21st 6 to 8pm
Venue: Darwin Lecture Theatre, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1 6XA
Price: £10 / £5
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In this public lecture Iain Sinclair explores the condition of perceived 'groundlessness' in the stretched city that London has become, by way of memory raids, recovered texts, visionary encounters and the constant pressure to step beyond our knowledge, beyond our restricted permissions. His project: to make London a map of what we need, what we love.

The lecture inaugurates a series exploring what it means to be a Londoner today, organised by Livingmaps Network as part of an initiative to create a Citizens Atlas of London. It is also being held in memory of the work of William Bunge, pioneer of expeditionary geography and author of ‘Fitzgerald: diary of a revolution.’

About Iain Sinclair
Iain Sinclair has lived in (and written about) Hackney, East London, since 1969. His novels include Downriver, Radon Daughters, Landor’s Tower and Dining on Stones. Non-fiction books, exploring the myth and matter of London, include Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital and Edge of the Orison. He edited London, City of Disappearances, which was published in October 2006. In recent times, he has published Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire (2009), Ghostmilk (2011) and American Smoke (2013). Sinclair’s account of a one-day walk around the orbital railway – London Overground - was published in June 2015.

Our Kind of Town? Reclaiming London for its Citizens
Public lectures mapping issues of democracy and injustice in London’s past, present and future. London has a long history of struggle for democratic rights. It has been the birthplace of many campaigns for social justice, and sustained a political culture in which refugees and immigrants have made vital contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the city and the nation. However the current disconnect between the everyday experience of many Londoners and the increasingly complex and disorganised systems of governance to which they are subjected, the widespread withdrawal from civic engagement into privatised spheres of personal fulfilment, the weakening of urban bonds which enabled diverse communities to flourish, and the vastly accelerated flows of people, goods and information - all these factors have put in question what exactly it means to be a ‘Londoner’ today.

Livingmaps Network is developing a Citizens Atlas of London, working with community groups in ‘opportunity areas’ identified in the 2050 London infrastructure plan, to create their own alternative map, with the aim of re-imagining London as ‘Our Kind of Town’. As part of this initiative we are organising a year long series of public lectures by leading figures in the movement to rethink what London means to its citizens, drawing on its historical record, its contemporary geography and most importantly, on its future envisagement.

Further information about the series and booking details for individual events from www.livingmaps.org.uk.

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