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Beyond the Global City: Visual, Verbal and Virtual Experiences

A Two-Day Colloquium

At the Centre for Creative Collaboration
16 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NG
20-21 May 2011

Photo: James C. Kent

‘Beyond the Global City: Visual, Verbal and Virtual Experiences’ is the third in a series of colloquia organised by the interdisciplinary ‘Global Cities and Visual Culture’ research group. Extending our sphere of inquiry beyond the configuration and representation of particular cities, we aim to raise broader issues around interpretations of globalization, conceptualizations of its processes and effects, and lesser-studied aspects of its temporal and spatial reach.

All sessions were informal, collaborative and free of charge. We were especially keen to welcome postgraduate students.

There were two interlinked round-table events, open to the public, on the evening of 20th May. We started with a round-table discussion, ‘Unsettling Global Cities’ which teased out the contours of debate. New Approaches: Postgraduate Forum’ showcased some of the new approaches to cities and/or theories of the global that form the subject of current postgraduate research.

On 21st May there was a series of linked papers by international academics and postgraduates in Fine Art, Architecture, English, Languages and Visual Culture followed by open discussions in which postgraduate contributions were particularly important.

The final day concluded with a creative thinking session, consolidating the colloquium’s findings and determining the emerging questions which will inform the next event in Amsterdam in 2012.

Photo: Richard J. Williams