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Disused Transport Infrastructure: Interdisciplinary & Pan-European Perspectives

Sandra, Sam and Anna host a “Forge” Mini-Symposium

Disused Transport Infrastructure: Interdisciplinary & Pan-European Perspectives

UCL Geography hosted a symposium on “Disused Transport Infrastructure in Research & Practice” on 13-15 June. It was arranged by Sandra Jasper, Sam Merrill and Anna Plyushteva and funded by the ESRC via the Forge Research Network.

The Forge is a network of social science researchers interested in novel ways of conceptualising and analysing transport and travel. It is hosted at Leeds University and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

The workshop began with an introduction to the sites Sam, Sandra and Anna are researching as part of their PhD projects. They discussed examples of disused infrastructure from London, Berlin and Sofia.

The programme covered themes as varied as the securitisation and heritagisation of urban space, the potential of public art, biodiversity and nature-culture relations, along with notions of social memory and theories of the uncanny and absence. Presentations were given by Bradley Garrett (Oxford University), Petr Gibas (Charles University, Prague), Katharina Heilein (Sloap Solutions Berlin), Tim Edensor (Manchester Metropolitan University), Ingmar Arnold (Berliner Unterwelten) and Felipe Lanuza Rilling (UCL).

There was also a mini-exhibition in the Geography Department Pearson Building containing photographic, graphic and audio works related to the participants’ research.

Two excursion were arranged on 14th and 15th June for core contributors: a “Walk and Talk” along the Parkland Walk near Finsbury Park, and a visit to the disused Aldwych Underground Station organised in collaboration with the London Transport Museum.

New collaborations are being planned as a result of the symposium and the organisers are planning a possible journal special edition on its subject matter.



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