Project News & Events
Conflict in Cities and the Contested State: Briefing Papers available to download
Over the last several years the project’s research has been disseminated through articles, book chapters, public talks, workshops, and seminars. Now, at the end of a decade of research, a series of briefing papers have been written in order to consolidate the highlights of the research, and to make the major findings of the project available to a wide audience. These briefing papers are available to download by clicking on the relevant title below.
CinC PhD affiliated student presents at the RC21 Conference
Irit Katz Feigis, CinC PhD affiliated student will present a paper at the RC21 Conference, Berlin on 29-31 August. The subject of the conference is 'Resourceful Cities', in the panel - 'Urban camps from a global perspective: resources, livelihoods and governance'. Her paper is entitled: From Exclusion to Cooperation - The Subversive Action of the Urban Camp.
CinC PhD affiliated student presents at the Goldsmith's Symposium
Irit Katz Feigis, CinC PhD affiliated student will present a paper at the Goldsmiths Symposium, London on 11-12 July. The subject of the symposium is - 'Thinking Memory Through Space: Materiality, Representation and Imagination'. Her paper is entitled: Suspended Present, Erased Past - the Distorted Space and Time of the Common Camp.
Baillie presents CinC research for Cambridge International Development course
CinC Research Associate Britt Baillie presented CinC's findings to students undertaking the Certificate in International Development at the Institute for Continuing Education, University of Cambridge on 8 May.
Course based on CinC research to be taught at ICE
CinC researchers Britt Baillie and Craig Larkin will teach a course based on the research of CinC entitled: Divided cities: fractured pasts, walls and buffer zones on 14–16 June 2013 at Madingley Hall, Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge. Find out more here.
CinC PhD affiliated student presents at SAHGB Symposium
Irit Katz Feigis, CinC PhD affiliated student will present a paper at the SAHGB
Annual SymposiumSAHGB Annual Symposium, London on 18 May. The subject of the symposium is - 'Transitory, Transportable and Transformable: Temporary Conditions in
Architecture'. Her paper is entitled: The Common Camp - Temporary Architecture as a Spatio-Political Instrument in Mandatory Palestine.
CinC Key Findings Seminar at QUB
CinC Principal InvestigatoThe Conflict in Cities Belfast team held half a day seminar at the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, QUB to mark the end of the Project. The seminar aimed at feeding some of the project findings back to people who have aided or participated in the research which took place in Belfast. Over 40 academics, policy makers, community workers, civil servants and planners were invited. Around 20 attended. A number of invitees were unable to attend because of inclement weather conditions. The Project team will be providing individual feedback to those who were unable to attend. View the programme here.
Pullan presents CinC research in Sharjah
CinC Principal Investigator Wendy Pullan presented a paper entitled: 'The Politics of Glitter: Radicalised Shopping in Jerusalem's Old City', at the Cambridge in Sharjah Conference, American University in Sharjah, 10-11 March 2013. While she was there she also gave a seminar on 'Research in Urban Conflicts' at the Department of Architecture.
New article by Pullan in Mobilities
CinC Principal Investigator Wendy Pullan has a new article in Mobilities (volume 8, issue 1) entitled: 'Conflict's tools. Borders Boundaries and Mobility in Jerusalem's Spatial Structures.
CinC Work features on Open Democracy website
'Open Democracy' is going to be running a series of articles on cities in conflict.They are currently featuring a CinC photo-essay by Yair Wallach entitled: Sheikh Jarrah: The extremes of 'sharing space' in Jerusalem and an article by Wendy Pullan entitled: E1: Settlement in waiting.
New posts for CinC researchers and students
From April 1st 2013 Dr. Martina McKnight will be taking up a post as a Research Associate with the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, looking at issues of waterfront regeneration and redevelopment in Belfast, Liverpool, Dublin and Cardiff. She will also be working on an Office of the First Minister and Deputy-First Minister (OFDFM) -funded research project called ‘Recession, Resilience and Rebalancing Social Economies in Northern Ireland’s Neighbourhoods’. Dr. Milena Komarova has been appointed Research Fellow at the new Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen’s University Belfast. The Institute was established in August 2012, with Professor Hastings Donnan (Anthropology, QUB) as its first director. Its purpose is to facilitate sustained interdisciplinary collaboration in the interrelated fields of conflict transformation and social justice by connecting the perspectives of academics and researchers with the experience of practitioners, policy makers, politicians and activists. Former CinC PhD candidate Karl O'Connor has been appointed Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University.
New CinC Working Papers
CinC Research Associates Milena Komarova and Martina McKnight submitted a paper to the Conflict in Cities Working Paper Series. Please download it here:The Digital Eye in Conflict Management: Doing Visual Ethnography in Contested Urban Space. In addition, two student essays from the CinC City Life: Divisions and Diversity module at Queen's Belfast have been included in the working paper series. Philip Rea's essay, How Useful is it to Understand Belfast as a Global City? was named winner of the 2012 Undergraduate Awards international competition for third level students in the category ‘Social Sciences’. Paula Gourley's student essay: Refections on a Belfast Bus Tour has also been included in the series.
Pullan presents CinC research at the Architectural Association
CinC Principal Investigator Wendy Pullan presented a paper entitled: 'The Spacio-Politics of Urban Conflicts' at the Architectural Association, London on 22 February.
Pullan at the Cambridge Israel-Palestine Forum
CinC Principal Investigator Wendy Pullan served as a moderator at the Israel-Palestine Forum, University of Cambridge on 17 February
Baillie presents CinC research at Memories of Conflicts, Conflicts of Memory
CinC Research Associate Britt Baillie will present a paper entitled: Memory and ‘Conflict‐Time’ in the Contested Cities of Jerusalem and Vukovar at the Memores of Conflict, Conflict of Memory conference, Senate House London on 13 February.
Baillie presents CinC research at CRASSH
CinC Research Associate Britt Baillie will present a paper entitled: Rebordering Jerusalem: Landscaping through World Heritage and the Wall for the Taking Place Seminar Series on 28 January 5-7 in the Alison Richards Building.
Former CinC PhD student presents at CRASSH
Giulia Carabelli a fomer CinC PhD candidate who recently passed her viva will present a paper based on her PhD research at the City Seminar, CRASSH, Cambridge on 29 January at 5-7pm in the Alison Richards Building. Her paper is entitled: Producing Mostar: A Lefebvrian Investigation of a Contested City.
New CINC Web Report on PhD reserch on the 'camp' in Israel
A new web-report entitled 'The Common Camp-Israel Research Trip' documents PhD student Irit Katz Feigis's archival work conducted for her dissertation titled “The Common Camp: Temporary Settlements as a Spatio-Political Instrument in Israel”. The report focuses on the Yeruham Development Town and the neighbouring Rach'me Bedouin village.
CinC work referenced in International Crisis Group Middle East Reports
CinC publicaitons by Wendy Pullan, Max Gwiazda (Sternberg), Mick Dumper and Craig Larkin have been quoted in the following International Crisis Group's Middle East Reports: 'The Extreme Makeover (I): Israel's Politics of Land and Faith in East Jerusalem' and The Extreme Makeover (II): The Withering of Arab Jerusalem' . Mick Dumper's comments on these reports can be found here:
Book Review: 'Memory and Conflict in Lebanon: Remembering and Forgetting the Past' Former CinC Research Associate Craig Larkin (currently Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East at King's College London)'s book Memory and Conflict in Lebanon (Routledge, 2012) has received a very positive review by Franck Salameh in the Levantine Review.
Baillie presents CinC research at the University of Brighton
CinC Research Associate Britt Baillie will present a paper entitled: 'Memory and Landscape in Jerusalem' at the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories. The lecture will take place on 23 January 2013 5:00pm-7:00pm in room G4, Grand Parade.
Conflict in Cities International Workshop in Jerusalem: "Jerusalem and other Contested Cities"
On 10-12 January 2010, Conflict in Cities held an international Workshop on "Jerusalem and other Contested Cities". A full day of tours of Jerusalem on 10 January was followed by a two-day Project Workshop held at the Notre Dame Centre in Jerusalem.
New post for PhD student formerly affiliated with CinC
Brendan Browne a PhD student formerly affiliated with the Conflict in Cities project has a new post as a Research Fellow at the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast. He will be working on an interdisciplinary project (in conjuctinon with the Uniersity of Notre Dame), entitled: Growing up on an Interface in Northern Ireland. The research will explore issues surrounding risk and the impact of living in Belfast's major interface areas. Focus Group research will explore issues relating to lifetime opportunities for young people and coping mechanisms when growing up in challenging or 'risky' environments. Funded in part by the Northern Ireland Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister.
PhD student affiliated with CinC passes viva
Brendan Browne a PhD student affiliated with the Conflict in Cities project passed his viva in November 2012. Prof. Marc Howard-Ross (Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania) acted as the external examiner. Browne's thesis is entitled: 'Commemoration in Conflict: The Negotiated Construction of Commemorative Events in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine'.
Baillie presents CinC research at UCS
Date and Time: 17/12/2012 16:30 - 18:00
Location: W602, UCS Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich. CinC Research Associate Britt Baillie presented a lecture for University Campus Suffolk's Heritage Research Seminar. Her presentation shared recent Conflict in Cities and the Contested State research which explores the role of heritage in landscaping the contested city of Jerusalem.
Conflict in Cities and the Contested State: Briefing Paper Launch
8 November 2012, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
The Great Hall, Kings College, London, Strand Campus
Conflict in Cities and the Contested State brings together a team of researchers from three UK universities - Cambridge, Exeter and Queen’s Belfast - for this multi-disciplinary initiative. Over the last several years the project’s research has been disseminated through articles, book chapters, public talks, workshops, and seminars. Now, at the end of a decade of research, a series of briefing papers have been written in order to consolidate the highlights of the research, and to make the major findings of the project available to a wide audience. They focus on themes such as education, memory, regeneration, religion, security, and shared space. The briefing papers will be introduced in a panel with Wendy Pullan, James Anderson, Liam O’Dowd, Mick Dumper, and chaired by Michael Kerr. The panel discussion will be followed a wine reception.
Baillie visiting scholar at Netherlands Institute
Britt Baillie will be a visiting scholar at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in December 2012 as a guest of the Terrorscapes: Transnational Memory of Totalitarian Terror and Genocide in Postwar Europe Project. As part of her visit, she will be presenting recent work on Vukovar at a seminar on 11 December.
CinC Briefing Papers Press Coverage
An article on the Conflict in Cities and the Contested State Briefing Papers featured on the Cambridge University Website and can be accessed here. Wendy Pullan and Britt Baillie were interviewed by Phonic FM on 9 November 2012 about the project's findings. In addition, an article appeared on the Materia web-site.
Bakshi's Nicosia exhibition
Anita Bakshi organized an exhibition of maps, drawings, and narratives from her PhD research, entitled Nicosia: Topographies of Memory. The exhibition was shown in Nicosia, Cyprus at the Home for Cooperation from 28 June to 30 September 2012. It was financed by the European Union and co-hosted by the UNDP Partnership for the Future and the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research. The exhibition has now been moved, and is showing in November in the EU Programme Support Office in the northern part of Nicosia. The exhibition brings to life the vibrant atmosphere of the Ermou Street marketplace, now enclosed within the Buffer Zone, where shopkeepers from all communities of Cyprus once came together. See photos of the exhibition here: Nicosia Exhibition Image Gallery.
Baillie presents CinC research as part of Cambridge University's 'Inspiring Ideas' event
CinC Research Associate Britt Baillie presented a lecture for the University's 'Inspiring Ideas' event which is part of the build up to the 2012 Festival of Ideas. Dr. Baillie's lecture 'Politics of the Past in Contested Cities' was covered in a news story on the university's website.
Baillie presents CinC research as part of the Cambridge Heritage Fair
CinC Research Associate Britt Baillie will present and overview of CinC's heritage research at the Cambridge Heritage Fair, McDonald Seminar Room, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, 10 October 4:30.
Bakshi presents at History and Theory Seminar
CinC Researcher Anita Bakshi will present a paper entitled: 'Trade and Exchange in Nicosia's City Centre: Memories of Pre-Division Urban Practices' at the History and Theory
Research Seminar, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.9 October 5.30-7:00pm in the Faculty Library.
Book Launch: 'Memory and Conflict in Lebanon: Remembering and Forgetting the Past' Former CinC Research Associate Craig Larkin (currently Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East at King's College London) will host an event to launch his recently published book Memory and Conflict in Lebanon (Routledge, 2012) which deals with the issues of transgenerational memory, trauma and violence in the aftermath of civil war. The evening will begin with a few introductory words by Professor Michael Kerr, a brief overview of the book by Dr Larkin, open questions, book signing and a drinks reception.
Date: Tuesday 2 October 2012, 6.30pm
Venue: Council Room, King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London
CinC inspires Queen's undergraduate's success
Philip Rea, an undergraduate student in the School of Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast, was named winner of the 2012 Undergraduate Awards international competition for third level students in the category ‘Social Sciences’. Philip won his prize for his essay ‘How useful is it to understand Belfast as a Global City?’ which he had submitted for the module City Life: Divisions and Diversity. This module, introduced in 2012, is designed and taught by members of the Conflict in Cities team in Belfast and is based on research arising from this Project.
Britt Baillie presents CinC research as part of the UN's Peace One Day events
CinC Research Associate Britt Baillie presented and overview of CinC's research and ran two workshops for over 50 14-18 year olds at Parkside Community College (see this link for coverage in their newsletter) and Cottenham School on 24 and 25 September 2012 as part of the UN's Peace One Day initiative. In addition, Dr. Baillie served as a judge at a debate competition hosted by Hills Road College at which teams from six Cambridge colleges probed questions to do with peace. Dr. Baillie was invited present and participate in these events by the South Cambridge Rotary Club.
New CINC Web Report on the project's Baghdad workshop
A new web report by Andrew Hoolachan on the CARA Baghdad project is now available on the Cities page. CinC Cambridge hosted Dr Akram Al-Akkam (Newcastle University), Mohamad Essam (Technical University of Baghdad) and Ahmed Louay (Technical University of Baghdad) for a workshop entitled: 'Assessing the centre of historic Baghdad' 8-16 December 2011. The workshop was funded by the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA).Researchers from the Conflict in Cities and the Contested State ESRC funded research project shared their findings and research methodologies with their Iraqi counterparts. In addition, the workshop provided an opportunity for researchers from both projects to further their comparative analysis of Baghdad and other contested cities.
See the workshop programme here: Assessing the Centre of Historic Baghdad programme. See the Web Report here: Cara Baghdad Exchange Programme.
New Working Paper by Britt Baillie
CinC Research Associate Britt Baillie submitted a paper to the Conflict in Cities Working Paper Series. Please download it here: Vukovar's Divided Memory: The Reification of Ethnicity through Memorialisation
New Post at King's College London for Larkin
The CinC Research Associate Craig Larkin was recently appointed to a lectureship in Comparative Politics of the Middle East at the Department of Middle East & Mediteranean Studies, King’s College London. Beginning in September 2012 he will teaching a number of modules: The History of the Middle East & Mediterranean, War and Peace in the Middle East, Ideology, Revolution & Civil War in the Middle East.
CinC Exeter Workshop
The final Conflict in Cities Workshop was held on the 9-11th July 2012 at the University of Exeter. The Workshop brought together Belfast, Cambridge and Exeter teams to present and discuss preliminary research findings. Eight sessions over two days explored 27 thematic reports under the headings of: conflict and interfaces; shared space, demography and visual methods; memories and commemorations; religion and holy places; Urban Reconstruction; and conflict management, resolution, transcendence. The workshop was concluded with a roundtable discussion led and chaired by Professor Alan Cochrane (Open University).
A new web report by Irit Katz Feigis on the Exeter Workshop is now available.
New CinC publication by O'Connor
Karl O'Connor's new article has now been published: O'Connor, K. (2012) ‘Belfast revisited: Everyday policy making in a contested environment’, Irish Political Studies, ifirst, pp 1-28
New CinC publication by Bakshi
Anita Bakshi's new article is now available on-line: Bakshi, A. 2013. 'A Shell of Memory: The Cyprus Conflict and Nicosia’s Walled City,' Memory Studies 6(4) 1750698012449785. First published on July 9, 2012 as doi:10.1177/1750698012449785.
CinC 2012 Annual Report available to download
The CinC 2012 Annual report is now available to download. It contains details of the project's recent work and publications. You can download previous Annual reports here.
Pullan and Sternberg to present CinC work at the Hay Festival
Pullan and Sternberg will present CinC work at a public event entitled: 'Urban Conflicts'' as part of the Hay Festival's Cambridge Series. They will be joined by Sara Silvestri and Saskia Sassens to discuss the changing nature of urban violence, from the streets of Jerusalem to the avenues of Toulouse. Cities are becoming sites for a whole range of new types of violence and being extensively targeted in armed conflicts. The speakers will question how can we reduce the risk of violence. The event will take place on 1 June, 6:30, big tent. To book tickets please visit the Hay Festival's booking page.
CinC ‘Religion, Violence and Cities’ Symposium at Queen’s University Belfast
An international, interdisciplinary symposium on the theme ‘Religion, Violence and Cities’ will take place in Queen’s University, Belfast on 28th and 29th May 2012. The symposium will frame the interdisciplinary research on the role of religion in Belfast and Jerusalem in a much wider comparative framework. It will include contributions from Project members Prof. Liam O’Dowd, Dr Martina McKnight and Dr. Wendy Pullan, Dr. Britt Baillie as well as a number of key scholars including Prof. Robert Hayden, University of Pittsburgh, Prof John Eade, Roehampton University London, Prof. Ian Reader, University of Manchester, Prof. Nezar AlSayyad, University of California Berkeley and Dr. Colette Harris, University of East Anglia.
Nicosia: Topographies of Memory
Anita Bakshi is currently organizing an exhibition of maps, drawings, and narratives from her PhD research, entitled Nicosia: Topographies of Memory. The exhibition is showing in Nicosia, Cyprus at the Home for Cooperation from 28 June to 30 September 2012. It is financed by the European Commission and co-hosted by the UNDP Partnership for the Future and the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research. View further information here.
CinC Lectures and presentations
CinC project members have presented their research at the following locations in 2012:
Baillie, B (29 May 2012) 'Capturing Facades: Structural Violence and the (re)Construction of Vukovar’s Churches.' Religion, Violence and Cities, Conflict in Cities and the Conteed State, Queen's University Belfast.
Baillie, B. (5 June 2012) Introduction to the Deconstructing the Dark: A Critical Approach to Dark Heritage panel, Association of Critical Heritage Studies Inaugural Conference, University of Gothenburg.
Baillie, B. (3 July 2012) 'The Dudik Memorial Complex: Heritage as ‘Resistance’ in a Contested City' Contested Histories and the Parameters of 'Resistance', University of York.
Baillie, B. (26 August 2012 )'Chronocentrism and remembrance as resistance: the Dudik memorial complex’ ‘Forgotten’ War and Occupation Heritage: Shedding Light on the Darkness, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
Komarova, M. and M. McKnight (29 May 2012) 'Belfast Vignettes' Religion, Violence and Cities, Conflict in Cities and the Contested State, Queen's University Belfast.
Leonard, M. (9-11 July 2012) ‘Hanging out in Belfast: Teens transforming territory’,
Conference Celebrating Childhood Diversity, Centre for the Study of Childhood and
Youth, University of Sheffield.
Leonard, M. (5-7 September 2012) ‘Look and tell: Using photo prompts to
understand teenagers’ perceptions and experiences of the city,’ Second International
Conference of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network, Children,
Young People and Adults: Extending the Conversation, University of Central
O’Dowd,L. and M. McKnight (28 May 2012) 'Urban Intersections: Religion and Violence in Belfast' Religion, Violence and Cities, Conflict in Cities and the Contested State, Queen's University Belfast.
Pullan, W. (29 May 2012)'Reinventing Jerusalem's Religious Spaces: From the Monumental to the Everyday' Religion, Violence and Cities, Conflict in Cities and the Contested State, Queen's University Belfast.
Shanks, K. (11-13 July 2012). 'The securitisation of education in the Iraqi disputed
territories,' 'Education, Transition and Fragility' EXCEPS, University of Exeter.
Baillie-Warren, B. (28 April 2012) ‘Defining the borders: Heritage and the making of
the ‘New’ Jerusalem’, Cambridge Heritage Research Group Annual Seminar,
University of Cambridge.
Baillie-Warren, B. (5-8 June 2012)’ Memorials and ‘conflict-time’ in the contested city
of Vukovar’, Association of Critical Heritage Studies Inaugural Conference,
University of Gothenburg.
Carabelli, G. (March 31 – April 2 2012) ‘(Re) collecting Mostar’, the British
Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Conference, Fitzwilliam
College, University of Cambridge.
Dumper , M. & C. Larkin, (2 May 2012) ‘The rise of an Islamist movement in a Zionist
state: the Islamic movement within Jerusalem,’ IR Workshop ‘Constituent Power in
World Politics’, University of Exeter.
Hayward, K. & M. Komarova (12 – 13 May 2012) ‘Conflict in contested space:
Parading, protesting and observing’ CinC session entitled ‘Researching Conflict in
Contested Urban Space’ session at the Sociological Association of Ireland
Conference, National University of Maynooth Ireland.
Komarova, M. & M. McKnight (12 – 13 May 2012) ‘The digital eye in conflict
management: Reflections on doing research in a contested city’ CinC session entitled ‘Researching Conflict in Contested Urban Space’ session at the Sociological
Association of Ireland Conference, National University of Maynooth Ireland.
Larkin, C. (4-5 May 2012) ‘Bombing the Israeli Separation Barrier: Graffiti tags and
art attacks’, EXCEPS & European Center for Palestine Studies Workshop ‘Cultures
of Resistance: The Case of Palestine and Beyond’.Leonard, M. (18-20 June 2012) ‘Spatiality and the everyday lives of teenagers’,
European Sociological Association, Research Network 4, Mid Term Symposium on
Theorising Childhood, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.
McKnight, M. (12 – 13 May 2012) ‘Researching young people's perception of Peace
Walls’, CinC session entitled ‘Researching Conflict in Contested Urban Space’
session at the Sociological Association of Ireland Conference, National University of
O’Connor, K. (5 April 2012) ‘Active Representation within the Power-sharing Society:
the Values guiding administrative decision-making in Belfast’, 62nd Political Studies
Association Annual International Conference: ‘In Defence of Politics’, Belfast.
Pullan, W. (15 May 2012) 'At the boundaries of the sacred. The reinvention of
everyday life in Jerusalem's al-Wad Street, Jerusalem’, Two Parallel Cities
conference, University of Venice.
Leonard, M. & M. McKnight (3 May 2012) Seminar on the findings of CinC research
on young people’s attitudes to peace walls, to MLAs, Committee Clerks and
Research Assembly Staff at Stormont.
New CinC publications
Please view the detials of new and forthcoming publications by Dumper, Larkin, Pullan, Sternberg, O'Dowd, Anderson, Komarova, Leonard and Bakshi on the Publications page. These include:
Anderson, J. (2012) ‘Borders in the new imperialism’ in T. M. Wilson and H. Donnan (eds.) Companion to Border Studies. Oxford: Blackwell (forthcoming May).
Anderson, J. (2012) ‘Democracy and territoriality: Ethno-national conflict and the necessity of trespass’. In I. Filibi et al. (eds.) Democracy with(out) Nations: Old and New Foundations for Political Communities in a Changing World, Bilbao: University of the Basque Country Press.
Kastrissianakis, K. (2012) ‘Transformations urbaines et l'affirmation de nouvelles souverainetés: le cas de Beyrouth’ in "Rives méditerranéennes", Unité Mixte de Recherche, CNRS, Université de Provence. Conference Proceedings from Journée Jeunes Chercheurs: Jeux de pouvoirs et transformations de la ville en Méditerranée (forthcoming June).
Leonard, M., McKnight, M. & S. Spyrou (eds.) (2012) ‘Growing up in divided societies’ International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 31 (9/10).
Leonard, M. & M. McKnight (2012) ‘Bringing down the walls: young people’s perspectives on peace-walls in Belfast’ International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 31(9/10): 569-582.
O’Dowd, L. (2012) ‘Contested states, frontiers and cities’. In T. M. Wilson and H. Donnan (eds.) Companion to Border Studies. Oxford: Blackwell (forthcoming May).
Rootamm, L. (2012) ‘‘I don’t feel well here anymore’ – new Berlin through the eyes of East Berliners’. In A. Mrozowicki et al (eds.) ‘Sprawstwo: teorie, metody, badania empiryczne w naukach społecznych’. Kraków: Zakład Wydawniczy "Nomos" (forthcoming autumn).
Bakshi, A. (2011) ‘Memory and place in divided Nicosia’, Spectrum Journal of Global Studies 3 (4): 27-40.
Larkin, C. (2011) ‘Lebanese postmemory’. In R. Khalaf and S. Khalaf (eds.), Arab youth: social mobilization in times of risk, Saqi Press, 127-145.
Pullan to present CinC work at Wordfest
Pullan will present CinC at a public event entitled: 'Thinking Aloud' as part of the Cambridge Wordfest. The session introduces the public to the work of four interesting Cambridge academics. In addition to Pullan, Professor David Spiegelhalter will present on risk; Dr. Clive Oppenheimer on volcanoes, and Professor Ha-Joon Chang on the effciency of financial markets. 14 April, 19:30, ADC Theatr, Cambridge.
Belfast CinC team teach a new undergraduate module based on CinC Project
Prof. Liam O’Dowd, Dr. Martina McKnight and Dr. Milena Komarova are co-convening City Life: Divisions and Diversity – a new undergraduate module based on the Conflict in Cities and the Contested State Project research work. The module is taught by CinC project members and uses Belfast as a principal case study to sociologically investigate key dimensions of life in contemporary cities.
New Working Paper by Huma Haider
Huma Haider, Research Fellow, Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, submitted a paper to the Conflict in Cities Working Paper Series. Please download it here: Initiatives and Obstacles to Reintegration in Divided Communities: UNHCR's Imagine Coexistance Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina
New publication by Larkin
CinC Research Associate Craig Larkin has recently published the following book: Larkin, C. 2012. Memory and conflict in Lebanon: remembering and forgetting the past. Routledge: London.
New Jerusalem Winter Web Review
The Winter Web Review is now available to download. From time to time, the Conflict in Cities project posts a review of articles that it believes will enhance the understanding of the situation in Jerusalem. Please see our recent web-reviews on our Jerusalem page where you can also find background information on Jerusalem.
New publication by Dumper and Larkin
CinC investigator Mick Dumper and CinC Research Associate Craig Larkin have recently published the following article: Dumper, M & C. Larkin. 2012. ‘The Politics of Heritage and the Limitations of International Agency in Divided Cities: The role of UNESCO in Jerusalem's Old City’, Review of International Studies 38(1):25-52.
New Belfast Commentary
The second issue of the Belfast Commentary entitled 'Parading, Protesting and Rioting: The Rythms of Urban Space' by Milena Komarova is now available to download. The Conflict in Cities project bi-annually posts a commentary on current affairs in Northern Ireland that it believes will enhance the understanding of the situation in Belfast. This can be found on our Belfast page where you can also find the previous Belfast Commentaries, photo-essays and background information on this city.
2010-2011 CinC Annual Report now available to download
Find out what the Conflict and City team achieved in 2010-2011 by reading our Annual Report. You can see our previous Annual Reports on our About us page.
New CinC publication on the Islamic Movement
Craig Larkin and Mick Dumper have published an article entitled: ‘In Defence of Al-Aqsa: The Islamic Movement inside Israel and Battle for Jerusalem’, Middle East Journal 66(1): 30-51.
New publication by Bakshi
CinC PhD student AnitaBakshi has just published the following article: Bakshi, A. 2012. 'The Legacy of Ottoman Building in Nicosia: Hans as Spaces of Coexistence in Pre-conflict Cyprus,' International Journal of Islamic Architecture 1(1): 107-128.
Leonard to present work on young people and peace walls
Prof. Madeleine Leonard will give a talk entitled: Young People and Peacewalls at the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work seminar series, March 28th 2012, Queen’s University Belfast, at 1 pm.
Pullan to present keynote paper at the 22nd Annual ASEN Conference
Wendy Pullan will give a keynote paper entitled: ' Walls and Buffer Zones: Spatial Discontinuities in Urban Conflicts' at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) - Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries at the London School of Economics, 27 – 29 March 2012.
Anderson and O'Dowd to chair a workshop at the 22nd Annual ASEN Conference
James Anderson and Liam O'Dowd will chair a workshop entitled 'State borders and nationalism - difficulties analysing national borders: the Irish border as a case study' at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) - Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries at the London School of Economics, 27 – 29 March 2012.
Pullan to present at Face to Face: Visual Cultures and Radical Distrust in the Middle East
Wendy Pullan will give a presentation entitled: The politics of glitter. Radicalised shopping in Jerusalem's markets' at the Face to Face: Visual Cultures and Radical Distrust in the Middle East event at the October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL, 11 February 2012.
Leonard to present at Belfast City Hall
Prof. Madeleine Leonard will give a talk based on the recent CinC research that she and Dr. Martina McKnight conducted on young people’s perceptions of living in Belfast, on February 2nd 2012, at 12:30 pm. The talk is part of the Exploring Engagement lunchtime seminar series, organised by Belfast City Council and will take place in the City Hall.
CinC at the Nationalism and the City Conference
James Anderson will give a presentation entitled 'Nationalism, State/City Relations and Ethno-Nationally Divided Cities' at the Nationalism and the City Conference at CRASSH, University of Cambridge, 10 February. Wendy Pullanwill chair the 'Trajectories' session at the conference.
Pullan to give a lecture at the Pufendorf Institute, Lund
Wendy Pullan will give a lecture entitled:'Urban Agonistes: Reading Spatial Discontinuities in Contested Cities' as part of the Conversations of Inequity seminar series, at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Lund, Sweden, 13 March.
Larkin to present at the Arab League's 'International Conference on Jerusalem'
Craig Larkin will present a paper at the 'International Conference on Jerusalem' organised by the Arab League which will be hosted in Doha, Qatar, 25-27 February 2012.
Cambridge CinC team teach a new Mphil module based on the CinC Project
Haim Yacobi, Wendy Pullan and Britt Baillie-Warren are co-convening ‘Architecture and the socio-politics of the city’ a new Mphil module based on the Conflict in Cities and the Contested State Project research work. The module is taught by CinC project members and uses Jerusalem as a principal case study to investigate key architectural dimensions of life in contemporary contested cities. It is being taught at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.
Hayward presents to Royal College of Defence Delegation
Katy Hayward gave a talk, together with representatives of the Schools of Politics and Psychology at Queen’s University, on the topic of ‘How Northern Ireland is Dealing With the Stresses of the Post-Conflict Society’. The talk was given to a visiting delegation from the Royal College of Defence Studies, at Queen’s University Belfast, January 25th 2012. Among the variety of research on the subject carried out by staff at the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University, Dr. Hayward highlighted the findings of the Conflict in Cities research team in Belfast.
Wallach takes a new post at SOAS
Yair Wallach, a former CinC Research Associate, has taken the Pears Lecturer in Israeli Studies at SOAS.
New publication by Bakshi
CinC PhD candidate Anita Bakshi published the following article: Bakshi, A. 2011. “Memory and Place in Divided Nicosia”, Spectrum Journal of Global Studies 3 (4): 27-40.
New publication by Larkin
CinC Research Associate Craig Larkin has recently published the following chapter: Larkin, C. 2011. ‘Between Silence and Scream: The Lebanese Postmemory Experience’ in Arab youth: social mobilization in times of risk, R. Khalaf and S. Khalaf (eds.), Saqi Press: London.
New publication by Gwiazda and Pullan
CinC primary investigator Wendy Pullan and CinC Research Partner Max Gwiazda have recently published the following piece: Gwiazda, M & W. Pullan. 2011. ‘Negotiating conflict in the urban environment: Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate.’ In Peter Beacock, Geoffrey Makstutis, Robert Mull with Stephanie Rhodes and Jen Ng (eds.) Intercultural Interaction in Architectural Education. London: London Metropolitan University. pp. 26-32. ISBN: 978-0-9563-532-1-4. A book launch will be held at the same time as the opening of CinC's ‘Capturing Urban Conflict’ London exhibition (see above) at the Department of Architecture, London Metropolitan University, Thursday 3 November 2011, 6:30pm.
CinC Cambridge to host the CARA workshop 'Assessing the centre of Historic Baghdad'
CinC Cambridge will host Dr Akram Al-Akkam (Newcastle University), Mohamad Essam (Technical University of Baghdad) and Ahmed Louay (Technical University of Baghdad) for a workshop entitled: 'Assessing the centre of historic Baghdad' 8-16 December. The workshop will be funded by the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA).The workshop is a capacity building initiative in which researchers from the Conflict in Cities and the Contested State ESRC funded research project will share their findings and research methodologies with their Iraqi counterparts. In addition, the workshop will provide an opportunity for researchers from both projects to further their comparative analysis of Baghdad and other contested cities.
Kyriacou presents CinC's mapping at the Architectural Association
Lefkos Kyriacou took part in a workshop at the Architectural Association, London. He presented 'Conflict in Cities' work on mapping contested cities to Intermediate Studio 13 run by Miraj Ahmed and Martin Jameson. The unit is comprised of second and third year undergraduate students working on the theme of 'The Void' in London, 29th November.
Kyriacou presents CinC's mapping at the London Metropolitan University
Lefkos Kyriacou took part jn a workshop at the Department of Architecture and Spatial Design at London Metropolitan University. He presented 'Conflict in Cities' work on mapping contested cities to Diploma Unit 12 run by Rufus Willis, Simon Tucker and Richard Cottrell. The unit is comprised of fourth and fifth year diploma students working on proposals for Elephant and Castle in London.
Pullan's 'Sacred frontiers' lecture available on-line
Wendy Pullan's lecture entitled: Sacred frontiers: the reinvention of everyday life in Jerusalem's Old City which she delivered to the Max Planck Institute on 27 October 2010 is now available to view on-line.
Anderson gives Carroll Visiting Professor Public Lecture
CinC investigator James Anderson gave the Carroll Visiting Professor Public Lecture on "Change and Difference in State/City Relations: 'Normal' and 'Divided' Cities" at the University of Oregon on 10 November.
Anderson presents at the Sixth Annual Cascadia Critical Geographies Conference
CinC investigator James Anderson presented a paper entitled: 'Capitalism's Partial and Contested Separation of Politics/Economics: Territorial/spatial implications for borders and cities' at the Sixth Annual Cascadia Critical Geographies Mini-Conference, November 18-19 2011, University of Washington.
Baillie-Warren to present at the Vukovar '91. – dvadeset godina poslije [Vukovar ’91-Twenty years on] Conference
Britt Baillie-Warren will give a paper entitled: ‘Memorializing the martyred city: negotiating conflict-time in Vukovar’ at the Vukovar '91. – dvadeset godina poslije [Vukovar ’91-Twenty years on] Conference, Ivo Pilar Institute, Vukovar, November 14-15.
Pullan to present at the Department of Architecture, University of Manchester
Wendy Pullan will present a paper entitled: 'Walls, Buffer Zones, Frontiers: The Spaces of Contested Cities', as part of the Guest Lecture Series, Department of Architecture, University of Manchester 18 October.
Pullan to present at the Department of War Studies, King's College, London.
Wendy Pullan will give the 'Annual Lecture' entitled: ' When conflicts persists: frontier urbanism' at the Department of War Studies, King's College, London, 11 October.
New Working Paper by Chiara De Cesari
Chiara De Cesari, Cambridge University Lecturer on the MPhil programme entitled: Heritage Management and Museums, submitted a paper to the Conflict in Cities Working Paper Series. Please download it here:
Cultural Governmentality: Government Through Heritage Conservation in Old Hebron
Capturing Urban Conflicts exhibition features in Varsity article
Dr. Wendy Pullan introduces the 'Capturing Urban Conflicts' exhibition (see above) in a feature on Cambridge University's 'Festival of Ideas' entitled 'What's the Big Idea?' by Kirsty Gray and Clemmie Hain-Cole.
Capturing Urban Conflicts exhibition at Cambridge University's Festival of Ideas and the ESRC's Festival of Social Science
The CinC Capturing Urban Conflicts exhibition will be shown at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge as part of the University's 'Festival of Ideas', 19-23 October and at the Department of Architecture, London Metropolitan University, 3-5 November as a part of the ESRC's 'Festival of Social Sciences'. Capturing Urban Conflicts uses maps and photo-essays to offer a glimpse into the everyday life and built environment of cities that stand at the centre of some of the worlds most protracted conflicts, including: Jerusalem, Belfast, Berlin, Nicosia, Mostar, Beirut, Vukovar, and Brussels. There will be a reception and talk by Dr. Wendy Pullan (the project’s primary investigator) on both opening nights.The CinC Capturing Urban Conflicts exhibition has already been shown at the CinC Urban Conflicts conference (Queen’s University Belfast, 19 – 21 May 2011). Please download the exhibition flyer here:
New Conflict in Cities Podcast and image gallery
A podcast focusing on the work of CinC is available on the University of Cambridge website. In it, primary investigator Wendy Pullan leads listeners through a discussion about how daily life in Jerusalem and Belfast defines and defies boundaries. You can listen to the podcast and view an associated image gallery here.
Conflict in Cities archive features in Cambridge University's 'Picture This' series
Cambridge University's 'Picture This' series is an online window into the University's archives. An image from CinC's photo archive, which features in the 'Capturing Urban Conflicts' exhibition (see above), has been selected as part of this unique series. The image is a photograph of Belfast's 'Solidarity Wall' which shows a mural depicting the Separation Barrier in Jerusalem.
Anderson appointed to the Carroll Visiting Professorship, University of Oregon
James Anderson’s appointment to the Carroll Visiting Professorship in Urban Geography and History at the University of Oregon in 2011 has been moved from the Spring to the Fall Term. From September 2011 he will be based in the UO Department of Geography where he plans to develop ideas and material for the project through preparing courses on 'Divided Cities in Contested States' for under-grads and graduate students.
New Urban Conflicts Conference Report
A report on the Urban Conflicts: Ethno-National Divisions, States and Cities International Conference can be found by clicking here. Further information on the conference can be found below.
New article by Mick Dumper in International Affairs
Mick Dumper has published a new article entitled: 'A false dichotomy? The binationalism debate and the future of divided Jerusalem' in International Affairs 87:3.
New Inter-Religious Council Working Paper by Mick Dumper
The Toledo International Centre for Peace has posted Mick Dumper's working paper entitled: An Inter-religious Council for Jerusalem on their website.
Leonard to present at the European Sociological Association Conference
Madeline Leonard will give a paper entitled:‘Segregation and Mixing in Belfast: Teenagers Perceptions of the Post-Conflict City’ at theEuropean Sociological Association Conference, Geneva, 7-10 September.
Pullan to present at the Visual Cognition, Space, Memory: the Sense of Place between Experience and Culture, Interdisciplinary Workshop
Wendy Pullan will give a paper entitled: 'Manipulating sacred space and histories in contested Jerusalem' at the Visual Cognition, Space, Memory: the Sense of Place between Experience and Culture, Interdisciplinary Workshop; Dipartimento di Discipline della
Comunicazione and TraMe - Centro studi su memorie e traumi culturali, University of Bologna, 29 June 2011
New Working Paper by Yair Wallach
CinC research associate Yair Wallach submitted a paper to the Conflict in Cities Working Paper Series. Please download it here:
Shared Space in pre-1948 Jerusalem? Integration, Segregation and Urban Space through the Eyes of Justice Gad Frumkin
Dumper to present at the Palestine International Conference for Islamic Endowments
Mick Dumper will give a paper entitled: ‘The Islamic Waqf and the Struggle for Palestine: The case of Jerusalem, 1967-2010’ at the Palestine International Conference for Islamic Endowments, Beirut, July.
Pullan to present at the Visual Topographies of Distrust Workshop
Wendy Pullan will give a paper entitled: ‘At the Boundaries of the Sacred’ at the Visual Topographies of Distrust Workshop, Global Uncertainties Programme, University of Kent, June
Yacobi to present at the Research Committee 21 Conference
Haim Yacobi will give a paper entitled:‘God Globalisation and Gated Communities’ at theThe Struggle to Belong. Dealing with Diversity in 21st Century Urban Settings, Research Committee 21 Conference, University of Amsterda, 7-9 July.
Pullan to present at the Politicizing the Post-Political City Conference
Wendy Pullan will give a paper entitled: ‘Urban Politics and Everyday Life in Contested Cities’ at the Politicizing the Post-Political City Conference, Open University, Milton Keynes, 13-14 June.
Jerusalem: Web Review
The January-February Web Review is now available to download. From time to time, the Conflict in Cities project posts a review of articles that it believes will enhance the understanding of the situation in Jerusalem. Please see our recent web-reviews on our Jerusalem page where you can also find background information on Jerusalem.
Pullan article in the Journal of Architecture
Wendy Pullan has published an article entitled: 'Frontier urbanism: the periphery at the centre of contested cities' in the The Journal of Architecture, 16: 1, 15 — 35
CINC article in the Palestine-Israel Journal
Wendy Pullan and Max Gwiazda published 'Jerusalem's Holy Basin: Who needs it?', in a special double issue of Palestine-Israel Journal, 17.1-2 (2011): 172-79. The issue is entitled 'Jerusalem: In the Eye of the Storm' and has been jointly written and edited by Palestinians and Israelis.
Bakshi exhibit at the Nicosia Home for Cooperation inauguration
Anita Bakshi exhibted a piece entitled: 'Nicosia: Layers of presence and absence' at the Home for Cooperation inauguration from May 6-9. More details can be found in the PDFs below.
New Jerusalem Web Report
A report by Haim Yacobi on his recent work on Jerusalem has been posted on the CINC website. It is entitled 'Glocal Jerusalem'. The CINC web-site will be featuring further Web Reports on the project's (field) work in future.
Gwiazda to present at the Gates Trust Symposium, University of Cambridge
Max Gwiazda will give a talk entitled: Urban conflicts: Everyday life at the frontier at the Gates Trust Symposium, Gates Scholars Room, University of Cambridge, 26 May 2011.
Pullan, Baillie and Bakshi to present at the City Seminar Workshop, University of Cambridge
Wendy Pullan will give a paper entitled: ‘Spatial Discontinuities in Contested Cities’, Britt Baillie will give a paper entitled: ‘Core Dilemmas: Reconstructing Vukovar’s Historic Centre’ and Anita Bakshi will also give a paper entitled: A Resource of Memory: Researching Nicosia's Buffer Zone at the City Seminar Workshop, CRAASH, University of Cambridge, 13 May.
Kastrissianakis to present at the University of Provence
Konstantin Kastrissianakis will give a paper entitled: 'Competing Sovereignties: The Case of Beirut and the Hariri Group’ at a study day for young researchers on the processes of territorialisation in Mediterranean cities, Joint Research Unit Times, Spaces, Language, Southern Europe, Mediterranean (UMR TELEMME), Mediterranean House of the Humanities (MSH), the University of Provence (Aix-Marseille I), 4 May.
Leonard and O'Dowd to present at the Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference
Madeline Leonard will give a paper entitled: ‘Growing Up in Divided Belfast’ and Liam O'Dowd will give a paper entitled: ‘Cities, Organised Violence and Contested States: Urban Vulnerability and Resilience’ at the Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Cork, 6-8 May.
Bakshi to exhibit a piece at the Home for Cooperation inauguration
Anita Bakshi will exhibit a piece entitled: 'Nicosia: Layers of presence and absence' at the Home for Cooperation inauguration from May 6-9.
New Urban Conflicts Conference Videos available on-line
Videos from the Conflict in Cities Urban Conflicts Conference are now available on-line. More information about the conference can be found here or on the conference website. The following videos are now available:
Gwiazda to present at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich
Max Gwiazda will be an International Short Visit Fellow at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich. As a part of this fellowship he will give a seminar entitled: 'Conflict in
Cities: The contribution of the architectural research to urban studies' on 12 April.
CINC chapters in a new Routledge edited volume
Project members have published chapters in Political Discourse and Conflict Resolution, edited by CINC project partner Katy Hayward and by Catherine O’Donnell, and published by Routledge (2011). Milena Komarova’s chapter is entitled ‘Imagining a shared future: Post-conflict discourses on peace-building’; James Anderson and Ian Shuttleworth (together with Owen McEldowney) are the authors of another of the book’s chapters: ‘Sectarian demography: dubious discourses of ethno-national conflict’.
Baillie to present at the Heritage of Memorials and Commemorations Seminar
Britt Baillie will give a paper entitled: ‘Problematic Patrimony: The Role of an ‘Obsolete’ Memorial in Vukovar’ at The Heritage of Memorials and Commemorations-12th Cambridge Heritage Seminar, 15-16 April.
Bakshi to present at International Praxis Conference on Cultural Memory and Coexistence
Anita Bakshi will present a paper entitled: 'Nicosia's Buffer Zone: Topographies of Memory' at the International Praxis Conference on Cultural Memory and Coexistence, Faith University Istanbul, 18-20 March.
New Working Paper
Siún Carden submitted a paper to the Conflict in Cities Working Paper Series. Please download it here:
Post-conflict Belfast ‘sliced and diced’: The case of the Gaeltacht Quarter
New 'Cities' section on the CINC website
The new 'Cities' section of the website provides visitors with quick access to background information on Jerusalem, Belfast, Tripoli, Brussels, Kirkuk, Beirut, Berlin, Nicosia, and Mostar. On these pages you will find links to features related to each city such as interactive maps, image galleries, web-reviews, city commentaries and photo essays. In addition, the 'Cities' section provides access to the project’s work on other cities such as Ceuta. Soon this section will be updated to include information on Hebron, Vukovar and other contested cities.
New Ceuta Web Report
A report by Max Gwiazda on his recent field work in Ceuta has been posted on the CINC website. The CINC web-site will be featuring further Web Reports on the project's field work in future.
Monika Hakort to present at the University of Copenhagen
Monika Halkort will present a paper entitled: 'Contested Spaces - Witness, Memory, Affect' at the Joint PhD Seminar. Cultural Studies Department. University of Copenhagen, 17-19 March.
Monika Hakort to present at Goldsmiths' SWANA Research Seminar
Monika Halkort will present a paper entitled: ‘Counterfeit citizenship. On the politics of property in Nahr el Bared, a Palestinian Refugee Camp in North Lebanon’ at the Southwest Asia and North Africa (SWANA) Research Seminar. Goldsmiths, London, 17 March.
Monika Hakort to present at the SOAS Past is Present Conference
Monika Halkort will present a paper entitled: ‘Counterfeit citizenship. On the politics of property in Nahr el Bared, a Palestinian Refugee Camp in North Lebanon’ at the Past is Present: Settler Colonialism in Palestine Conference, SOAS, London, 5-4 March.
New Belfast Photo Essay: 'We Still Have These Issues'
The first CINC photo essay is now available to view on the website. The photo essay is entitled: 'We Still Have These Issues'. It can be accessed from our Belfast page, where you can also find a city profile and our bi-annual Belfast Commentary. The material for this photo essay is derived from the CINC Belfast research module on The Changing Built Environment and Socio-Economic Structures of Belfast (a part of the overarching Structural Studies module). The Conflict in Cities project will be posting further photo essays on Belfast, Jerusalem and the project's linked cities in the coming months.
Wendy Pullan to present at the Lincoln School of Architecture
Wendy Pullan will present a paper entitled: 'Frontier Urbanism: The periphery at the centre' at the Open Lecture Series, Lincoln School of Architecture, 22 February 2011, 6PM.
O'Dowd article in new edited volume
Liam O’Dowd is the author of ‘Belfast Transitions’, published in an edited collection of contemporary photographs, and essays on Belfast. The volume entitled: Where are the People? is a reflection upon the ‘post-conflict’ city. It was published by Belfast Exposed Photography and edited by its director Pauline Hadaway.
The first issue of the Belfast Commentary is now available to download. The Conflict in Cities project will post bi-annually a commentary on current affairs in Northern Ireland that it believes will enhance the understanding of the situation in Belfast. This can be found on our Belfast page where you can also find background information on this city.
CINC article in Shared Space
Madeleine Leonard and Martina McKnight have published the article ‘Teenagers’ Perceptions of Belfast as a Divided and/or Shared City’ in the journal Shared Space, November 2010 (10) 23 - 37. The journal is published bi-annually by the NI Community Relations Council and addresses themes of peace conflict and community relations in Northern Ireland.
CINC article in Urban Studies
Liam O’Dowd and Milena Komarova have published an article entitled ‘Contesting Territorial Fixity: A Case Study of Urban Regeneration in Belfast’, Urban Studies (December, 2010).
CINC article in Bulletin of the Council for British Research in the Levant
Wendy Pullan and Max Gwiazda published a piece entitled: 'Conflict in Cities and the Contested State.' Bulletin of the Council for British Research in the Levant 5(1):79-83.
CINC article in the International Journal of Middle East Studies
Craig Larkin has published an article entitled: 'Beyond the War? The Lebanese Postmemory experience' in the International Journal of Middle East Studies (2010) 42:615-635.
Wendy Pullan and Mick Dumper to present at the Olive Tree Middle East Forum
Wendy Pullan and Mick Dumper will present their recent research in a session entitled: 'Jerusalem in Conflict: Frontier Urbanism' at the Olive Tree Middle East Forum. The session will take place at: Great Hall, City University, 280 St. John Street, London EC1V 0HB. Wednesday 1 December 2010, 18:00-20:00. To register, no charge, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
James Anderson to present at the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies
James Anderson will present a paper entitled: 'Divided Cities/Contested States - Is Democracy to Blame?' at the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies, King's College London, November 30th.
Conflict in Cities Graduate Workshop
The Conflict in Cities Graduate Workshop will be hosted at Clare College, University of Cambridge on the 25th and 26th of November 2010. The project's 3rd year PhD students will present their work on Beirut, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Kirkuk, Mostar, Nicosia and Tripoli (Lebanon). Professor Stephen Graham will launch the workshop on the 25th of November with a Keynote Lecture, entitled “Cities as Battlespace: The New Military Urbanism” at 18.00 at CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane. For more information click here.
Anita Bakshi to present at the Conflicts and Values of Heritage Conference
Anita Bakshi will present a paper entitled: 'Heritage, Myth, and Nation Building - Nicosia and Other Contested Cities' at this year's Cyprus Centre Conference: Conflicts and Values of Heritage-The Cyprus Case and Beyond. Nicosia, 12-14 November 2010.
A new administrator joins the Conflict in Cities Team
Joanne Robinson joins the Belfast project team on October 11th, 2010 to lend some administrative support for the organisation of the Urban Conflicts International Conference at Queen’s University, in May 2011. Joanne is a member of the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s and can be contacted for any conference-related queries (see the Urban Conflicts Conference Website).
Craig Larkin to present at the Fratricide and Fraternite conference
Craig Larkin will present a paper entitled: 'Confronting Lebanon's 'War of Others': Trans-generational forgiveness and peace-building amongst Lebanese youth' at the FRATRICIDE & FRATERNITÉ: Understanding and Repairing Neighbourly Atrocity conference organised by Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study and University of London, 28-29 October.
Wendy Pullan to present at the Sociology Department, University of Cambridge
Wendy Pullan will present a paper entitled: ' Sacred Frontiers: the reinvention of everyday life in Jerusalem's Old City' at the Sociology Department, University of Cambridge, Tuesday 2 November: 12.30-2.00 pm, Seminar Room, PPSIS, Free School Lane.
Haim Yacobi to begin Marie Curie Fellowship with Wendy Pullan
Dr Haim Yacobi is a senior lecturer at the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University. As an architect and planner who specialized in geography, his academic work focuses on the urban as a political, social and cultural entity. In regards to urban space, his primary interests are centred on issues of social justice, the politics of identity, migration, globalization and planning. He has recently published The Jewish-Arab City: Spatio-Politics in a Mixed Community (Routledge, London). In 1999 he co-founded "Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights" (NGO). As a Marie Curie Fellow at Cambridge University (beginning in July 2010) his work will focus on the Geopolitics of Neighbouring, a comparative study of the effect of geopolitical conditions on neighbourhoods, planning and the everyday life of minority groups in contested cities. Dr Yacobi is an associate of the Conflict in Cities project.
Wendy Pullan to present at the Max Planck Institute (Göttingen)
Wendy Pullan will present a paper entitled: ' Sacred Frontiers: the reinvention of everyday life in Jerusalem's Old City' at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen), 27 October 2010. For more information about the Institute's lecture series, please download the poster below.
Craig Larkin to participate in a panel discussion at the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies
Craig Larkin will participate in a panel discussion on 'Lebanon: Memory and War', Arts and Humanities Week, King's College London, Centre for the Study of Divided Societies on October 25th 2010.
Linda Rootamm presents at the Social Agency 2010 Conference
Conflict in Cities PhD student Linda Rootamm will present a paper entitled: New Berlin through the eyes of Berliners at the Social Agency: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges of the 21st Century Humanist Sociology Conference 20-22 October in Wroclaw, Poland. Linda's paper will be part of the session entitled: 'Social agency and civil society in Central and Eastern Europe.
Britt Baillie to present the Conflict in Cities project at the Heritage Fair
Britt Baillie will present a brief overview of the Conflict in Cities project at the Cambridge Heritage Fair hosted by the Heritage Research Group and Cultural Heritage and the Re-construction of Identities after Conflict (CRIC) on October 25th 2010 at the McDonald Institute, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge.
Anita Bakshi to present at the International Conference on Architecture and Fiction
Anita Bakshi will present a paper entitled: 'Divided Cities - Mythologies of Place and Nostalgic Utopias' at this year's International Conference on Architecture and Fiction: Once upon a place-haunted houses and imaginary cities CIAUD Faculty of Architecture Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa October 12-14, 2010 - Lisbon.
Dr. Meir Margalit publishes new book: Seizing control of space in East Jerusalem Conflict in Cities Primary Research Partner Dr. Meir Margalit has published a new book Seizing control of space in East Jerusalem--published by Sifei Aliat Gag. The book details the settlement practices in East Jerusalem and the political motives behind the Israeli seizure of space. To order a copy e-mail: email@example.com.
Yair Wallach and Wendy Pullan to present at the Division and Connection in Contested Space Seminar
Wendy Pullan will present a paper entitled: “Frontier Urbanism” and Yair Wallach will present a paper entitled: “Shared Space in Jerusalem?” at the Division and connection in Contested Space Seminar. The event is sponsored by the Durham Palestine Educational Trust and co-organised by the International Boundaries Research Unit and the ‘Politics, State, Space’ and ‘Urban Worlds’ Research Clusters. The seminar will be held on the 8th of October at Durham University.
Wendy Pullan to participate in a panel discussion at the Crisis States Research Centre
Wendy Pullan will participate in a panel discussion on ‘Cities and Fragile States’ at the State-building in Conditions of Fragility conference hosted by the Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics, 13-15 September 2010.
Linda Rootamm's poster wins first place at ESRC conference
Conflict in Cities PhD student Linda Rootamm presented a poster about her research at the ESRC Research Methods Conference in Oxford (5-8th July). Forty-seven posters were submitted to the poster competition. Linda Rootamm's poster took first place. She has been invited to submit a paper to the Academy of Social Sciences journal called 21st-Century Society.
Download her award winning poster here: Belonging in the New Berlin: The Experiences of Young East Berliners in the Reunified Berlin
Conflict in Cities present at the International Visual Sociology Association Conference Giulia Carabelli and Lefkos Kyriacou will present their recent work in a session entitled: The contribution of visual techniques in the analysis of ethno-territorial conflicts at the Thinking, doing and publishing visual research: the state of the field? IVSA conference in Bologna (20-22 July)
New Primary Research Partner
Dr Katy Hayward has stepped in as a primary research partner to work on the Belfast-based module ‘From Conflict Management to Conflict Resolution’ Dr Hayward is a lecturer in Sociology at the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast. Her primary research interests lie in the arena of nationalism and conflict transformation on the island of Ireland and the influence of the European Union on these processes.
Craig Larkin presentsat the Kenyon Institute Craig Larkin presented a paper entitled: The Islamic movement and the Redemption of Jerusalem's Holy places at the Kenyon Institute, Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), Jerusalem. 8 June.
Mick Dumper to participate in EU Security Studies workshop
Mick Dumper has been invited to contribute to a discussion on the Middle East policy of the EU at a workshop entitled "Between pessimism and optimism: EU Policy Options across scenarios" on 1 July 2010. His paper is entitled : "EU options for a "deposit" on Jerusalem". The workshop will be hosted by the EU Institute for Security Studies. Other participants include policy-makers, practitioners, and academics from Europe, the Middle East and US.
Dr Hazem Abu Orf to begin four months as a Research Associate with the Cambridge Conflict in Cities group
Dr Abu Orf is a Lecturer within the Faculty of Applied Engineering and Urban Planning at the University of Palestine in Gaza and is currently (May-August 2010) a visiting academic at Clare College Cambridge, with a scholarship funded by the Scholarship Rescue Fund based in New York. Dr Abu Orf will be working closely with the Cambridge Conflict in Cities team during his four month stay in Cambridge. During his academic visit in the UK, Dr Abu Orf is looking at the relationship between Space and Urban Informality using Lefebvre's concept. The research questions he will address are: What drives spaces to be violent? Does urban informality matter and to what extent?
Conflict in Cities team members to present at the Ethno-Politics and Intervention in a Globalised World Conference
Mick Dumper, Craig Larkin, Britt Baillie, Kelsey Shanks and Karl O'Connor will present aspects of their work at the Ethno-Politics and Intervention in a Globalised World Conference (27th - 30th June 2010) hosted by the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies (EXCEPS). The team will present the following papers: Mick Dumper: Securing sacred sites-The changing Israeli security regime over the Holy Places of Jerusalem; Craig Larkin: The Islamic Movement within Israel and the battle for Jerusalem; Britt Baillie: Stayees/Returnees and the making of the Vukovar heritagescape; Kelsey Shanks: Segregated Education As An Ethnic Defense Strategy – The Case Of The Turkmen Community Of Kirkuk and Karl O’Connor: Belfast revisited: Colourful policy making within a divided urban environment – Does power-sharing change the nature of public policy?
Conflict in Cities PhD student to participate in Conflicts and urban development workshop
Giulia Carabelli will take part in the MMCP- Training for Urban Planning Practitioners: Managing Conflicts and Urban Development in Multiethnic Communities Workshop held on June 20-26, 2010 in Budapest, as one of the LGI-funded participants. The event is organised by the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) of the Open Society Institute (OSI).
Liam O'Dowd to give Plenary Address at the Irish Social Sciences Platform
Liam O’Dowd is to give a Plenary Address to the Irish Social Sciences Platform, Summer School, on the theme of Participation, Praxis and Policy: Understanding and Contributing to Society and Economy. The event will be held in National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, NUI-Maynooth, on 24 June 2010.
Mick Dumper to present at PASSIA
On Tuesday June 8th, Mick Dumper will present a paper entitled: "The Holy Places of Jerusalem: Emerging Actors and New Challenges since 2000" at the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA) in Jerusalem.
Growing Up in Divided Societies
The conference 'Growing Up in Divided Societies' will be held in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen's University Belfast, from June 10th to 11th. The conference aims to bring together scholars whose work focuses on the experiences of children who are growing up in ethnically and politically divided societies...[MORE]
Conflict in Cities team visit Balkan Cities
Conflict in Cities investigators -Wendy Pullan, James Anderson, Mick Dumper, Liam O'Dowd - will be visiting Mostar and Sarajevo 17-23 May to meet with colleagues and study these two cities joined by Giulia Carabelli who is doing her PhD on Mostar as part of the CinC project. Guilia's PhD is provisionally entitled: Re(ad)dressing Mostar: Architecture and/of the everyday life. James Anderson will also visit Mitrovica to attend the inaugural conference for The Forum for Cities in Transition, on 23 – 26 May. He will also visit Prishtina and Skopje where he will interview journalists, representatives of national and international NGOs, politicians and academics.
CinC researchers present at the Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Ireland Conference
CinC project members presented their work at the 37th Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Ireland that was held in Queen’s University Belfast on May 7th – 9th, 2010. Madeleine Leonard presented a paper on ‘Us and Them’: teenagers’ constructions of national identity in Cyprus’. Liam O’Dowd and Milena Komarova presented on ‘Contending Narratives of Capital, Place and Identity in ‘Post-Conflict’ Belfast’.
Wendy Pullan presents at the Choreography of Sacred Spaces: State, Religion, and Conflict Resolution Workshop
Senior investigator Wendy Pullan will present a paper entitled: 'AT THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SACRED. THE REINVENTION OF EVERYDAY LIFE IN JERUSALEM'S AL-WAD STREET' at the Choreography of Sacred Spaces: State, Religion, and Conflict Resolution workshop organised by Columbia University Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL) and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights (CSHR) Istanbul, 6-7 May 2010
Giulia Carabelli presents at the Art in Divided Cities festival
Conflict in Cities PhD student Giulia Carabelli presented a paper on her PhD provisionally titled Re(ad)dressing Mostar Architecture and/of the everyday life at the Art in Divided Cities festival. The main aim of the Art in Divided Cities project is to create a multidisciplinary platform to foster a dialogue among practitioners and theoreticians working on the topic of public space in divided cities. The goal is to deconstructing the myth of stereotypical divisions, normally taken as the only representative of current situations. The festival of Arts in Divided Cities was held in Mostar, April 14th-17th 2010. Giulia's paper addressed two main issues. Firstly, it expanded on the examination of the category of space, critically engaging with the work of Henry Lefebvre. Secondly, it presented the first results of Giulia's ongoing data collection.
Dr Abu Orf Presents at the CRASSH City Seminar
On Tuesday 4 May 17:15-19:00 Dr Hazem Abu Orf will give a paper entitled: "Urban Informality: Does it matter in Divided Cities?" as a part of the CRASSH City Seminar series. The paper will address: How informality, either as an economic sector or as unplanned infrastructure, dominates the research on 'Third World' cities. This talk moves beyond this dichotomy by unpacking a missing perspective to understanding the nature of informality by analysing the two community consensuses of the Nicosia case. This perspective rejects the notion of considering informality as a sector existing in isolation from the formal apparatus of planning. Rather, its notion supports the concept of the state of exception to regard informality as the 'objective of development' and adds some key factors that deem it necessary to mobilise in divided cities.
Dr McKnight presents at the BSA Conference
Re-inventing Belfast? Alternative ways of re-imagining and experiencing the city’ Workshop
A round table discussion, ‘Re-inventing Belfast? Alternative ways of re-imagining and experiencing the city’ was held in Belfast on March 23rd. The event was organized by the Belfast CinC team and focused on questions around how economic development and changes in the built environment in Belfast for the past decade have interacted with traditional divisions between communities in the city. Members of Belfast area partnerships, civil servants, community workers, academics and art forum representatives participated in the discussion. For further information: Roundtable Programme
"Jerusalem: The Cost of Failure" becomes Chatham House's most downloaded paper of March 2010
The Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House and the Conflict in Cities Project held a research discussion entitled "Jerusalem: The Cost of Failure" on 24th February. Speakers: Prof Mick Dumper (University of Exeter) and Dr Wendy Pullan (University of Cambridge). Discussants: Rami Nasrallah (IPCC), Dr Menachem Klein (Bar Ilan University) and Ray Dolphin (UN-OCHA, Jerualem). The discussion was chaired by Dr Claire Spencer (Chatham House). This meeting marked the launch of the new Chatham House Briefing Paper "Jerusalem: The Cost of Failure" authored by the speakers. The briefing paper is now available online here: http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/publications/papers/view/-/id/835/.
With over 7000 downloads, "Jerusalem: The Cost of Failure" has become Chatham House's most downloaded paper this month. An extract of the paper was published in 'The Independent' on 1st March. Read online here
Senior Investigators quoted in Financial Times article
Wendy Pullan and James Anderson have been quoted in an Financial Times special report entitled: Healing old wounds in cities of conflict by Simon Kuper. The article explores why some cities avoid ethnic conflict while others do not by comparing Paris, Amsterdam, Nicosia, Belfast and Jerusalem. The article is available on-line at: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8aa172e6-38d4-11df-9998-00144feabdc0,dwp_uuid=05c2777c-38da-11df-9998-00144feabdc0.html
New staff members
The Conflict in Cities Cambridge team is happy to announce that it has hired two new Research Associates: Yair Wallach who will be investigating shared spaces in Jerusalem and Britt Baillie who will be exploring Jerusalem's landscape with emphasis on its green spaces
World Bank Blog features a submission on the Conflict in Cities project
Nigel Roberts, a member of the Conflict in Cities Advisory Council asked Mick Dumper to submit a note about the Conflict in Cities project to the World Bank's Conflict and Developement blog. This blog is hosted by the team working on the World Bank’s upcoming World Development Report 2011 'Conflict, Security, and Development'. This forum will debate practical suggestions on how to address conflict and fragility at the local, national, regional and global levels. The blog entry is available on-line at: http://blogs.worldbank.org/conflict/rethinking-conflict-in-cities
2010 Conflict in Cities Annual Report is now available to download
Find out what the Conflict and City team achieved in 2009 by reading our Annual Report.
2010 Annual Report
Gwiazda to present at SCHOSA conference
Maximilian Gwiazda will be presenting an overview of the Conflict in Cities project at the annual Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture (SCHOSA) held in Glasgow 22-23 April. The theme of this year's conference is 'Intercultural Interactions'. Gwiazda will present on a panel entitled 'Architecture in Areas of Conflict' on 22 April.
Conflict in Cities (Jeruslem team) has appointed two Research Assistants to be based in Jerusalem. Nadera Karkaby and Razan Makhlouf will be assisting Wendy Pullan and Mick Dumper in their field work and data collection. Nadera is a graduate of Westminster University and has worked with the CinC team previously. Razan, a graduate of the Olive Tree Programme at City University has a special interest in photography and media studies. The position is for 1 year.
Roundtable Discussion "Jerusalem: the Cost of Failure"
On October 21st, Mick Dumper and Wendy Pullan organised a Roundtable Discussion in Jerusalem focussing on an examination of the future of the city in the event of a failure to come to an agreement over the future of the city which is acceptable to both Israelis and Palestinians.
October 19th-21st, 2009
Mick Dumper presented a paper on the "Role of UNESCO in Jerusalem" at the Arab Thought Forum International Conference held in Ramallah on October 19-21st , 2009. The conference was held to mark the Jerusalem as the "2009 Arab Cultural Capital" and brought together Palestinian and international scholars researching on the heritage of the holy city.
September 25th-27th, 2009
Wendy Pullan gave a keynote lecture entitled "Spatial discontinuities in Jerusalem and other contested cities" at the Globalisation and the Transformation of Europe's Borders, NORFACE seminar held at Aalborg University, Denmark.
The ESRC are to publish a short piece on module B5: 'Public space in Belfast city centre' in their mass-circulation annual magazine 'Britain in 2010'. The article is entitled "Mothering in post-conflict Belfast' and is authored by Lisa Smyth and Martina McKnight.
Research Assistants (based in Jerusalem)
Conflict in Cities are seeking to appoint two Research Assistants to undertake research and to carry out fieldwork and assist in the running of workshops and seminars in Jerusalem. Both posts are part-time (18.5 hours per week) for two years and are available from 1 October 2009. Interviews will be held in Jerusalem on 25 June 2009. Please click on the links for information and application procedure for:
Research Assistant 1: undertaking research for Dr Wendy Pullan, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
Research Assistant 2: undertaking research for Prof Mick Dumper, Department of Politics, University of Exeter
Conflict in Cities research visit to Jerusalem - June 2009
"No change in Jerusalem, yet": Prof Mick Dumper's impressions of the recent trip to Jerusalem. This article was published on comment is free...Guardian Online on 1 July 2009.
June 16th, 2009
At the Territories Revisited workshop, Ben Gurion University, Beersheva, Israel, Wendy Pullan gave a paper on 'Some observations on the space of contested cities'.
June 12th, 2009
Members of the Belfast Conflict in Cities team (James Anderson, Milena Komarova and Liam O'Dowd) contributed to a colloquium entitled 'Transitional Justice and Public Space' organised by the transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster.
June 6th, 2009
Liam O'Dowd gave a keynote address entitled 'Promoting Civil Society: Bridging East-West Divisions in the EU Borderlands?' at a conference to celebrate the foundation of the University of Joensuu, Finland.
May 29th-31st, 2009
Craig Larkin presented his paper 'Between Silence and Scream: the Lebanese postmemory experience' at the Marginalisation and Mobilisation of Arab Youth Conference, held at American University of Beirut, Centre for Behavioral Research.
May 29th-30th, 2009
Wendy Pullan was invited to present 'Spatial discontinuities in contested Jerusalem' at Enclaving Identity: Remaking Borders in the Circum Mediterranean, a conference sponsored by the Robert Schuman Centre at The European University, Florence.
May 21st-22nd, 2009
Wendy Pullan and Liam O'Dowd attended the final project colloquium of the ESRC funded project 'The urban environment: mirror and mediator of radicalisation?' at the University of Manchester. (Grant Number RES-181-25-0028).
May 9th-10th, 2009
At the annual conference of the Sociological Association of Ireland, Milena Komarova presented the paper 'Structural transformation, regeneration and the shaing of Belfast: A case studies approach'. The paper is co-authored with Liam O'Dowd.
May 7th, 2009
Liam O'Dowd gave a paper entitled 'Civil Society and the EU's External Borders: A Conceptual Minefield' at the final Project Conference of the EU Framework 6 Project: EU Dimensions in Brussels.
May 6th-7th, 2009
In Brussels on an EU research project, James Anderson took the opportunity to meet with some academics working on the city (and other 'divided cities') in the fields of geography, history and sociolinguistics.
May 6th, 2009
Research Councils UK (RCUK) held 'Security in Cities', a one day workshop that was part of the Global Uncertainties Programme; it was chaired by Wendy Pullan and Mick Dumper was a participant. The venue was RIBA, London.
Research Visit to Nicosia (21st-28th March, 2009)
Wendy Pullan, Mick Dumper, James Anderson, Liam O’Dowd and Lefkos Kyriacou visited Nicosia (21st-28th March). This was the first of several planned research visits to divided cities. The visit included several interviews with planners, academics, journalists, politicians and civil society activists from both the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities.
Professor Oren Yiftachel and Belfast Project Workshop, February/March 2009
‘Conflict in Cities’ along with the School of Geography in Queens University Belfast hosted a visit by project partner Oren Yiftachel of Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, under the School’s Visiting Professorship scheme.....[MORE]
January 27th, 2009
Lefkos Kyriacou participated in a discussion at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, on issues including map making, gathering visual information and graphical communication. The event was organised by Intermediate Unit 6 as part of the design studio's ongoing work on mapping.
December 18th, 2008
Wendy Pullan delivered a keynote address 'Can Resistance Play a Positive Urban Role?' at a symposium on 'Planning East Jerusalem', sponsored by Bimkom - Planners for Planning Rights. The event was held in Jerusalem and included papers on planning the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabel Mukaber by Rassem Abeidat and Efrat Cohen-Bar.
Research Visit to Jerusalem (1st-14th December, 2008)
Craig Larkin has undertaken a research visit to Jerusalem (1-14th December). His fieldwork concentrated on the ‘Holy City/Holy Places’ J2 module, exploring relevant themes such as the ongoing politicisation of cultural heritage and re/desacralization of land; and the role and significance of Islamic groups working within Jerusalem....[MORE]
Meir Margalit elected to the Jerusalem City Council
Conflict in Cities project partner Meir Margalit has been elected to the Jerusalem City Council (Nov 2008). Meir, a founder of Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) will represent the Meretz party.
Conflict in Cities to guest edit an issue of the Jerusalem Quarterly
Conflict in Cities has been invited to guest edit an upcoming issue of the Jerusalem quarterly. This journal, published by the Institute of Jerusalem Studies (IJS), is uniquely dedicated to history and life of the city of Jerusalem, combining both historical research and contemporary analysis.
November 26th, 2008
Wendy Pullan gave a lecture entitled, 'Resistance as an Urban Phenomenon in Palestinian Jerusalem' at the Cities and Fragile States Seminar, London School of Economics.
Talks by Salim Tamari - November 13th and 14th, 2008
Professor Salim Tamari gave a lecture on 13th November entitled '(Un)sacred Geography - Jerusalem as a Worldly City' and a seminar on 14th November, 'Diaries as a source of studying Urban History'...[MORE]
November 13th, 2008
Max Gwiazda is participating in the 'Building Futures Initiative: Visualisations of the 21st Century City' headed by the RIBA. He will give a presentation, at the School of the Built Environment - Oxford Brookes University, on the security challenges faced by modern cities using examples from Jerusalem.
November 10th, 2008
Salim Tamari participated in a lecture and discussion, at Exeter University, entitled 'The Collapse of the Two State Solution: What are the Alternatives?' The event was co-hosted by the Politics Department and the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies (EXCEPS) " Discussants were Ilan Pappé and Mick Dumper.
November 6th, 2008
Max Gwiazda presented a paper, entitled 'The Politicization of urban heritage Designs in Jerusalem's "City of David" Archaeological Park' to Heritage Research Group Seminars, Department of Archaeology, Cambridge University.
November 4th, 2008
Wendy Pullan and Max Gwiazda took part in a round table discussion, entitled '"Contained Conflict":Rethinking terror and territory in Jerusalem' at the Post-Conflict, Post-Crisis Group, CRASSH, Cambridge University.
October 15th-16th, 2008
Wendy Pullan gave a lecture entitled 'Can resistance play a positive urban role? The situation in Jerusalem/Al-Quds' to 'Cities: Understanding Socio-Cultural Transformations' conference in Istanbul.
June 27th, 2008
Max Gwiazda, Milena Komarova and Craig Larkin presented a joint session on aspects of ‘Conflict in Cities and the Contested State’ Project to the 'Culture of Reconstruction: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Aftermath of Crisis Conference'...[MORE]
May 30th, 2008
Karen Lee Bar Sinai, from SAYA Architecture & Consultancy, a practice based in Jerusalem met with Wendy Pullan and the Cambridge team in the Architecture Department in Cambridge. The discussion centred on Karen Lee's urban design proposals for various scenarios for Jerusalem as a shared capital in a projected two-state solution, including security arrangments for a special regime around the Old City, as well as various forms of shared and divided public space in potential border zones of Jerusalem.
May 24th, 2008
Wendy Pullan presented a paper entitled ‘Urban Encounters and their Legacy in the Development of Jerusalem’s New City’ The symposium took place at King’s College Cambridge.
May 21st, 2008
Madeleine Leonard presented her paper ‘Touring Disputed Places. The Role of Tourism’ to the multidisciplinary workshop 'Cyprus and Divided Societies' that took place at the Queen’s University Belfast.
May 14th, 2008
Wendy Pullan gave a talk entitled 'Frontier Urbanism in Contested Jerusalem' as part of the series of Martin Centre Lectures, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.
May 11th, 2008
Madeleine Leonard presented a plenary paper ‘A Little Bit of History and a Lot of Opinion: Biased Authenticity in Belfast and Nicosia’ to the Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Ireland, National University of Ireland, Galway.
May 10th, 2008
Milena Komarova presented a paper ‘Living separately or Living Apart? Shared Space in Belfast and the Limits of A Shared Future’ to the Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Ireland, National University of Ireland, Galway.
May 10th, 2008
Wendy Pullan gave a talk on ‘Images and Artefacts of Boundedness and Mobility in Contested Jerusalem’ as a part of one-day interdisciplinary conference 'Art, Visual Culture and the Israeli Occupation'. The conference took place at Manchester Metropolitan University.
May 10th, 2008
Liam O’Dowd presented a paper ‘Belfast in transition: from ‘City of the Troubles’ to ‘Post-Conflict Consumerist City’ to the Annual Conference of the Sociological Association of Ireland, National University of Ireland, Galway.
May 7th, 2008
Liam O’Dowd presented a paper entitled ‘Belfast beyond the Troubles: The future of ethno-national division in the consumerist city’ to the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Seminar, at Queen’s University Belfast.
May 5th, 2008
Dr Meir Margalit, from the Israeli Committee Against Housing Demolitions, an NGO based in Jerusalem met with Wendy Pullan and the Cambridge team, in the Architecture Department in Cambridge. Discussions focused on Meir's research on the activities of far right settlers in the Old City and Historical Basin in Jerusalem. The underlying territorial strategies of ultra-nationalist groups in Jerusalem's inner city were addressed, particularly in relation to settlers' manipulation of tourist development in achieving hegemony over key parts of the city.
April 16th, 2008
Madeleine Leonard gave a talk entitled ‘A Little Bit of History and a Lot of Opinion: Biased Authenticity in Belfast and Nicosia’ as a part of the QUB School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work seminar series.
April 9th, 2008
Liam O’Dowd led a discussion on Conflict in Cities at seminar organised by the Contested Cities-Urban Universities Group at Queen’s University. It was attended by representatives of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Belfast City Council, local Belfast community Groups and other academics researching Belfast.
April 4th, 2008
James Anderson gave an invited talk: ‘Territoriality and Democracy: from ethno-national conflict to democratic trespass’to a Workshop on 'Democracy with(out) nations? Old and new foundations for political communities' ...[MORE]
Jerusalem field trip
The Cambridge and Exeter teams have undertaken a joint research trip to Jerusalem (30th March-9th April). The field trip concentrated on the research modules J1 (“Impact of the Separation barrier’) and J2 (‘Holy City/Holy Places’)...[MORE]
Research Visit to Jerusalem
Mick Dumper has undertaken a research visit to Jerusalem (4th-8th February). Based on discussions with a wide range of Israelis and Palestinians, he returned depressed about the post-Annapolis summit momentum in the peace process. He detected very little prospect of a deal before the US elections ...[MORE]
Seven doctoral studentships
The ESRC and the collaborating Universities agreed to generously fund seven PhD studentships – 3 by the ESRC, 2 by Queen’s Belfast, 1 each by Exeter and Clare College, Cambridge. Interviews were held in Chatham House on 1st February, and 7 applicants were selected ...[MORE]
December 8th, 2007
Wendy Pullan gave a keynote lecture, 'Spatial Discontinuities in Contested Jerusalem' at the 'Power and Space' conference, University of Cambridge.