On April 16, 17 and 18, 2012, the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal and the Complexe des sciences Pierre-Dansereau of the Université du Québec à Montréal will host a symposium entitled "Taking ownership of the city: “Becoming together” from urban heritage to cultural landscape."
Members of the general public, researchers focusing on the city (including its identities and societies), and professionals specializing in urbanism and cultural communities are all invited to this international symposium to discuss the effects of metropolization on the potential meaning of the built landscape and to reflect on how to develop a sense of belonging and coexistence in an integrating environment representative of today's and tomorrow's citizens. Can a city be even more Scandinavian, French or Spanish than it already is? Or more Montrealian, Londonian or Parisian? In other words, the symposium will involve a collective reflection on growing together and the future of the spirit of place.
Thirty-one papers will be presented, encompassing four themes: "The cultural representation of large urban centres"; "The impacts of heritage on growing together"; "Cultural cohabitation"; and "Urban identity projects." Featured speakers will include Marc Levine, Annick Germain, Olivier Mongin, Sherry Simon and Jean-Louis Tornatore.
The symposium has been organized to highlight the presentation of a doctorate honoris causa by the Université du Québec à Montréal to the professor, architect and urbanist Jean-Claude Marsan, under the auspices of the Canada Research Chair on Urban Heritage of the UQAM Business Administration School and the Interuniversity Research Group Concerning Landscape Representation, the City and Urban Identities (PARVI), with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Forum for Public Research on Heritage, and the Heritage Institute.
The preliminary events program and registration form are available online at http://www.patrimoine.uqam.ca/colloques/marsan/colloque.html.
The registration fee is $50 and includes participation in all symposium workshops, coffee breaks, a complete participant's notebook, and the work entitled Montréal et son aménagement (Montreal: its urban planning and development), an anthology of texts selected by Jean-Claude Marsan (Presses de l’Université du Québec). The student registration fee is $10.
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