International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP)

The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is a global association of experienced professional planners. It was founded in 1965 in a bid to bring together recognised and highly-qualified planners in an international network. The ISOCARP network brings together individual and institutional members from more than 80 countries worldwide. As a non-governmental organisation ISOCARP is recognized by the UN, UNHCS and the Council of Europe. The Society also has a formal consultative status with UNESCO.

STUDY DAY: Cold War Cities

The Cold War

Venue: Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London

CONFERENCE: Art Histories, Cultural Studies and the Cold War, 24 September 2010

Keynote Speaker: Miranda Carter (author of Anthony Blunt: His Lives, 2001)

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STUDY DAY: Cold War Cities, 25 September 2010


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Twenty years ago the world witnessed the most momentous geo-political changes since the end of the Second World War: the fall of the Berlin Wall, the implosion of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the USA as the global superpower. The period of the Cold War (c.1948-89) was one of ideological struggle and profound cultural crisis, no less so than for the discipline of Art History, rooted in the ideals and aspirations of  the European Enlightenment. But the crucible of the Cold War also witnessed the re-definition of Art History, the birth of the New Left and a nascent tradition of Cultural Studies.

In 1952 Erwin Panofsky wrote a paper surveying Three Decades of Art History in the United States – an essay pervaded by an acute sense of how the development of the discipline of Art History, and the lives of individual art historians, had been shaped by the momentous political events of the 1930s and 40s. In a specific reference to McCarthyism, Panofsky noted how nationalism and intolerance’ remained a terrifying threat to academic freedom and that ‘even when dealing with the remote past, the historian cannot be entirely objective.’ Although the situation was less extreme in the UK, intellectuals and academics with left wing sympathies such as Frederick (Frigyes) Antal, Francis Klingender and Eric Hobsbawm still faced ‘red baiting’ and other challenges in gaining employment in universities and other teaching-related posts.

Writing in 1960 to Adrian Stokes about his book Art and Illusion, Ernst Gombrich reflected on the ‘considerable shock’ with which he discovered that Art History had been misused to propagate pseudo-historical myths on both the Right and the Left. Some decades later Peter Fuller was faced with a changing political landscape and the need to re-consider his own response to national identity and to the Marxism he had cherished earlier in his career.

The conference on Friday 24 September, organized by the department of History & Philosophy of Art at the University of Kent, aims to explore how the Cold War delineated approaches to Art History, Historiography and Cultural Studies and how its conditions and constraints shaped the professional careers and influenced the writings and ideas of scholars and cultural theorists.

The related study day on Saturday 25 September, organized by the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory (CCM) at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, will explore Cold War Cities. This includes papers from a variety of angles and disciplines, including history, art history, film, architecture, politics, memory and cultural studies.

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Cityscapes in History: Creating the Urban Experience

International conference organized by Dr. Katrina Gulliver and Dr. Helena Toth (LMU Research Fellows) Language: English 29.07.2010 – 30.07.2010

In this conference early stage researchers are brought together tracking new basic approaches in the research field of urban history. Separate sections will focus on historical and local questions as well as on topics like “Cities and the Marginalized”, “Imagining the City”, “Cities and Transformation” or “Civic Identity”.

Evening lecture on July 29th at 6 p.m. c.t.: Prof. Dr. Lizabeth Cohen
Thinking about Cities across Disciplines: An American Historian Explores Architecture and Planning to Probe the Urban Built Environment

Lizabeth Cohen is professor for American studies and is currently the head of the history department of Harvard University.

Participation is free. If you are interested in participating please contact us: E-Mail schicken an E-Mail


Urban Laboratory University College London

The UCL Urban Laboratory, established in 2005, is a university wide initiative to bring together the best urban teaching and research at UCL. Our activities build on the full spectrum of work at UCL across the arts and sciences ranging from civil engineering to film studies, from urban history to the latest developments in architectural design.

Urban research at UCL draws on a rich heritage of ideas including the path breaking insights of figures such as Patrick Abercrombie, Peter Hall, Ruth Glass, Peter Cook and Reyner Banham. The engagement between UCL and wider public debates over the future design and planning of cities is a distinctive feature of our research.

The focus on cities at UCL has a strong international dimension building on extensive networks across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

London Seminar Series “Urban Salon”

The Urban Salon is a London based seminar series aimed at scholars, artists, practitioners and others who are exploring urban experiences within an international and comparative frame.

The seminars are informal and open, with relatively short presentations supporting circulated or visual material and plenty of time for discussion. We want to allow the diversity of urban experiences in different contexts to inform thinking about cities; we hope that narratives taken-for-granted in one context will disturb and be disrupted by experiences in other places. Or that accounts of the circulations of people and practices will expose commonalities across apparently quite divergent contexts.

All the while, we want to decentre the dominance of European and North American urban experiences in understanding urbanity, while keeping them in sight, but coming to them through a wider world of cities and urban experience.

We welcome suggestions for future events. Please contact one of the organizers.  General enquiries can be sent to the site moderator Füsun Türetken at fusun.turetken.09 at

SKuOR, Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Stiftungsgastprofessur Stadtkultur und öffentlicher Raum, Raumforschung, Raumproduktion, Critical Urban Studies

Arbeitsbereich für Stadtkultur und öffentlicher Raum (SKuOR)


Warum funktionieren traditionelle Planungsinstrumente oftmals nicht, um öffentliche Räume als Sozialräume zu stärken? Was genau wird als ‚öffentlich’ an öffentlichen Räumen verstanden und wie kann Kultur in den Städten dazu beitragen, Prozesse sozialen Austausches und gesellschaftlicher Konfrontation zu stimulieren? Mehr lesen…


Der Arbeitsbereich Stadtkultur und öffentlicher Raum (SKuOR), der zwischen 2009 und 2011 mit Stiftungsmitteln der Stadt Wien materiell gefördert wird, bringt sich zukünftig in Forschung und Lehre an der TU Wien ein und forciert sogleich die Etablierung und Verfestigung akademischer Netzwerke auf europäischer Ebene sowie den Dialog zwischen Stadtverwaltung und Universitäten in Wien. Mehr lesen…


Mit dem SKuOR hat sich an der Fakultät für Architektur und Raumplanung der TU Wien eine horizontale und dialogisch aufgebaute Struktur institutionell etabliert, deren Aufgabe es ist, bereits vorhandene akademische Potenziale in den Themenfeldern Stadtkultur und öffentlicher Raum aufzuspüren und synergetisch im Sinne des gegebenen thematischen Lehr- und Forschungsschwerpunktes inhaltlich zu bündeln. Mehr lesen…

An Atlas of Radical Cartography

An Atlas of Radical Cartography is a collection of 10 maps and 10 essays about social issues from globalization to garbage; surveillance to extraordinary rendition; statelessness to visibility; deportation to migration. The map is inherently political– and the contributions to this book wear their politics on their sleeves.An Atlas of Radical Cartography provides a critical foundation for an area of work that bridges art/design, cartography/geography, and activism. The maps and essays in this book provoke new understandings of networks and representations of power and its effects on people and places. These new perceptions of the world are the prerequisites of social change.

MAPS | An Architektur | the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) | Ashley Hunt | Institute for Applied Autonomy with Site-R | Pedro Lasch | Lize Mogel | Trevor Paglen & John Emerson | Brooke Singer | Jane Tsong | Unnayan

ESSAYS | Kolya Abramsky | Maribel Casas-Cortes & Sebastian Cobarrubias | Alejandro De Acosta | Avery F. Gordon | Institute for Applied Autonomy | Sarah Lewison | Jenny Price, Jane Tsong, DJ Waldie, Ellen Sollod, Paul S. Kibel | Heather Rogers | Jai Sen | Visible Collective & Trevor Paglen

EDITORS | Lize Mogel & Alexis Bhagat

ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies

ACME is an on-line international journal for critical and radical analyses of the social, the spatial and the political. The journal’s purpose is to provide a forum for the publication of critical and radical work about space in the social sciences – including anarchist, anti-racist, environmentalist, feminist, Marxist, non-representational, postcolonial, poststructuralist, queer, situationist and socialist perspectives. Analyses that are critical and radical are understood to be part of the praxis of social and political change aimed at challenging, dismantling, and transforming prevalent relations, systems, and structures of capitalist exploitation, oppression, imperialism, neo-liberalism, national aggression, and environmental destruction.