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17:30 18 March 2010

No Abiding City: transience and transfiguration in 'modern' cities

Location

Christopher Ingold Chemistry Lecture Theatre | Christopher Ingold Building (link Map)
20 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0AJ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Richard Dennis, Professor of Human Geography, UCL

In his inaugural lecture as Professor of Human Geography, Richard Dennis will discuss the hopes and fears associated with the transiency of cities, cityscapes and city people in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Marx famously declared that "All that is solid melts into air" while Baudelaire characterised modernity as "the transient, the fleeting, the contingent". More apocalyptically minded commentators pointed to, and anticipated, the transitory nature of entire cities and civilizations, while social statisticians charted the mobility of urban populations and its consequences. Professor Dennis's lecture, drawing on more than twenty years of research on the theme of cities and modernity, will range from London to Winnipeg (a city blessed with more than its fair share of visionaries) and from the fragile inferences of censuses and surveys to the fictional certainties of George Gissing and Wyndham Lewis.


Contact

Charlotte Jones
020 7679 1346 | c.l.jones@ucl.ac.uk


No Abiding City: transience and transfiguration in 'modern' cities