International Symposium: Inert Cities

Globalization, Mobility and Interruption

International Symposium Senate House, University of London May 8, 2012



9.00-9.30: Arrival and Introduction


9.30-11.00: Chair: Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (UNSW/Leeds)


Shirley Jordan (London): “Urban Photography as Interruption”


David Bissell (ANU): “Holding Patterns: Affirming Stillness for Commuting Subjects”


Discussant: Claire Launchbury (Leeds)


11.00-11.30: Coffee/Tea


11.30-13.00:  Chair: Christoph Lindner (Amsterdam)


Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (UNSW/Leeds): “Children and the Global City: Disguising Decay in Chinese and European Film”


Heide Kunzelmann (London) and Elisabeth Mayerhofer (Vienna): “Viennese Inertia: Deceleration and Local Identity Construction”


Discussant: Eleonore Kofman (Middlesex)


13.00-14.30: Lunch


14.30-16.00: Chair: Shirley Jordan (London)


Hugh Campbell (Dublin): “‘At the still point of the turning world’: The Paradox of the Urban Portrait”


Christoph Lindner (Amsterdam): “Slow Art and Urban Change in Global Amsterdam”


Discussant: Harriet Evans (Westminster)


16.00-16.30: Coffee/Tea


16.30-18.00: Chair: Hugh Campbell (Dublin)


Lúcia Nagib (Leeds): “Stasis, Scale, and Urban Portugal”


Andrew Webber (Cambridge): “Slow Motion Pictures: Casting Inertia in Contemporary Berlin Films”


Discussant: Bill Marshall (London/Stirling)


18.00-18.30: Closing Discussion

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