Urban Valorization - Urban Cultures, Local Histories and Redevelopment Agendas

18May2018 09:30 - 18:00

Workshop

This workshop addresses processes of valorization in contemporary cities captured in terms such as ‘heritage’, ‘culture’ or ‘memory’. It seeks to question which aspects of urban spaces and cultures are deemed as desirable (or unwanted) in view of current redevelopment agendas, the increased diversity of urban publics and struggles for the decolonization of urban spaces.

Urban valorization

Through the lens of urban valorization (Helgesson and Muniesa 2013), the aim is to investigate how various urban stakeholders and publics produce, assess and diffuse value of particular urban spaces and artefacts as part of identity and memory politics. Armed with this approach, we ask the following questions:

  • What are the specific political-economic dimensions to processes of heritage-making?
  • What role do local institutions and actors, material conditions and built structures play?
  • How and when does the value of ‘heritage’ appear to be something of contested or consensual nature? (De Cesari and Herzfeld 2015)
  • What is the status of objects, their tangible and intangible characteristics, and cultural meanings they provoke in this process? (Hennion 2017)
  • How do values come to be experienced as ‘really real’? (Van de Port and Meyer 2018)
  • And how can we conceive of the bodies, classed, racialized and gendered, interacting with the urban artefacts being managed, curated and maintained as ‘heritage’, and being affected by particular ‘aesthetic formations’ (Meyer and de Witte 2013)? 

Program

9.30-10.00

Coffee/tea

10.00-10.15

Welcome and introduction

10.15-12.00

Session 1. Chair: Susan Ossman (University of California Riverside)

10.15-11.05

‘Making value out of left-overs: The re-use of ruins and the political economy of performative aesthetics’ – Hanna Katharina Göbel (University of Hamburg)

Discussant: Rivke Jaffe (University of Amsterdam)

11.10-12.00

‘Good and bad concrete: The aesthetics of renovation and political imaginaries of modernization in contemporary Poland’– Anastasiya Halauniova (University of Amsterdam)

Discussant: Chiara De Cesari (University of Amsterdam)

12.00-13.00

Lunch

13.00-14.45

Session 2. Chair: Olga Sezneva (University of Amsterdam)

13.00-13.50

‘In/ herited city: A hauntology of Cape Town’ – Nick Shepherd (Aarhus University/Amsterdam University of the Arts)

Discussant: Esther Peeren (University of Amsterdam)

13.55-14.45

‘Heritage Walks: Moving through the City's Past and Present’ – Katarzyna Puzon (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Discussant: Carolyn Birdsall (University of Amsterdam)

14.45-15.00

Break

15.00-16.45

Session 3. Chair: Carolyn Birdsall (University of Amsterdam)

15.00-15.50

‘Critical heritage ‘from below’: (E)valu(at)ing informal war pasts in Perak, Malaysia’ – Hamzah Muzaini (National University of Singapore)

Discussant: Luiza Bialasiewicz (University of Amsterdam)

15.55-16.45

‘Heritigization and transvaluation in post-industrial Amsterdam’ – Linda van de Kamp (University of Amsterdam)

Discussant: Federico Savini (University of Amsterdam)

16.45-17.15

Concluding remarks

17.15

Drinks

Registration

As time will be devoted to discussing pre-circulated papers in relation to the workshop’s themes, only a few additional visitors can be admitted to the workshop. Please contact Linda van de Kamp (l.vdkamp@uva.nl) for more information. 

Urban Valorization

The two-day event Urban Valorization, consisting of this workshop and a performance, addresses processes of valorization in contemporary cities captured in terms such as ‘heritage’, ‘culture’ or ‘memory’. It seeks to question which aspects of urban spaces and cultures are deemed as desirable (or unwanted) in view of the increased diversity of urban publics and struggles for the decolonization of urban spaces. Through the lens of urban valorization, the aim is to investigate how various urban stakeholders and publics produce, assess and diffuse value of particular urban spaces and artefacts as part of identity and memory politics. 

The event is organised by Carolyn Birdsall (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis), Olga Sezneva (Cultural Sociology), Linda van de Kamp (Political Sociology) and Anastasiya Halauniova (Cultural Sociology) in cooperation with the Amsterdam Museum and the Moving Matters Traveling Workshop. The event is funded by the Centre for Urban Studies (Seed Grant), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO VENI-Grant), the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.

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