Re-scape Colloquium

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Re:Scape Colloquium:  Constructing Biographies of Welfare Landscapes

The urban landscapes of post-war welfare states are currently subject to multiple changes. Many of these welfare landscapes are associated with conflicting public images, and their local histories and specificities are sometimes weakly explored. Researchers from multiple disciplines are enquiring into those landscapes, how we manage their changes and what concepts of welfare may be relevant for the future urban landscape.

This colloquium addresses the urban landscape of postwar welfare societies – housing, urban centres, playgrounds, parks, public institutions etc. in European and non-European contexts - from multiple angles; discussing their materialities, uses and perceptions and how they are entangled with shifting cultural and social values, aesthetic ideals and political ambitions.

In particular, we discuss different research strategies to study specific urban landscapes as places with dynamic histories, exploring what may be called biographical lenses of inquiry. The colloquium welcomes young and experienced researchers from multiple disciplines, including landscape and urban studies, critical heritage studies, landscape architecture, architecture and architecture history.

The seminar includes lectures and a workshop in which to exchange and further the participant’s own ongoing research.


date:               Thursday June 7

Programme:    13:00 introduction

                    - presentation by Tom Avermaete and discussion

                    - break

                    - presentation by Svava Riesto and discussion

                    - interactive workshop

                    - round-up discussion

                       17:00 drinks

Registration: not necessary, participation is free of charge

This Re-Scape Colloquium is a  collaboration between the University of Copenhagen, TU Delft, Centre for Global Heritage and Development and Vrije universiteit Amsterdam. It is organized as part of the research project Reconfiguring Welfare Landscapes, University of Copenhagen,