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18:30 - 19:30 29 May 2014

London’s burning: our habitat in times of crisis


Roberts 106 | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Florian Mussgnug, Lecturer, UCL Italian
Dr Matthew Beaumont, Senior Lecturer, UCL English
Dr Lesley Caldwell, Honorary Reader, UCL SELCS/ Psychoanalysis Unit
Dr Ben Campkin, Senior Lecturer, UCL Bartlett
Matilde Nardelli, Teaching Fellow, UCL Slade School of Fine Art
Dr Hayley Newman, Performance Artist, UCL Slade School of Fine Art
Dr Joy Sleeman, Senior Lecturer, UCL Slade School of Fine Art
Dr Richard Taws, Lecturer, UCL History of Art

Contemporary discussions of the crisis of global capitalism depict the city as a locus of particular vulnerability; the centre of a pattern of intersecting and mutually reinforcing calamities. London’s burning aims to capture what is seen as the emergence of a new historical consciousness of crisis, and offer a collective critical reflection on its workings. The discussion is the result of a group of researchers forming a creative and constructive dialogue between disciplines, in what has recently been described as a ‘politics of microspection’.

Led by Dr Florian Mussgnug (UCL Italian), the contributors will deliberately adopt the standpoint of the local, the habitat, and explore how the sites of our daily life in London – our private and shared spaces, images, stories – can point the way to a new experience of the planet.


Tessa Rickards
+44 (0)20 7679 1346 | t.rickards@ucl.ac.uk


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