Urban life and the imageries surrounding it come in many shades and colors. The full spectrum, however, is little explored. Discussions in urban studies over the past two decades have been animated by the polarized attention to metropolitan urbanity, on the one hand, and to urban sprawl, on the other. As yet, the mid-size city seems to be overlooked. Although the mid-size city represents the bulk of cities on the finely grained network of cities on the European continent, its middle of the road urbanity rarely stirs the imagination of the urban commentator.
The upcoming colloquium will address the question of the mid-size city in greater depth by defining it not so much in terms of size, but by focusing on the specificity of the imagery surrounding it, in urbanism as well as in the arts, photography, and literature. We are particularly interested in the ambiguous nature of this imagery, portraying cities that are not metropolitan, and yet, seem to present some of the typically metropolitan functions and qualities. This dual imagery will be approached from a material, a functional, and an experiential angle.
A keynote lecture will be delivered by Paola Viganˇ, co-founder of Studio Associato Bernardo Secchi Paola Viganˇ and professor at UniversitÓ IUaV of Venice.
This colloquium is organized by the Ghent Urban Studies Team [GUST], an interdisciplinary research team studying the contemporary city and its literary and artistic representations in Western Europe and North America.
All information regarding the call for papers and the colloquium can be found in pdf format via the link provided.
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