Surveillance and the Street


Surveillance and the Street
Study Day 2, 19th March 2010
Department of Architecture, University of Bath

This study day is part of the Street life and street culture: Between Early Modern
Europe and the present network, funded by the AHRC as part of the Beyond Text
project (see This study day considers themes to
do with surveillance and technology as they impinge upon and inform the public
space of the street.

The Street life and street culture network has set out to build an international
team of scholars with shared research interests in the interdisciplinary study of
urban culture; in particular the relationship between the built environment and
the social fabric of contemporary and Early Modern cities. By entering into a
dynamic discourse with specialists from non-historical disciplines, we are pursuing
the potential for “experiential” studies of street life, in a two-way discussion
linking the historic past to the present.

The day is made up of three sessions:
Session 1 - Mapping/Technology/Control in relation to public space and
the street
Carlo Ratti (Director, Senseable City Lab, MIT)
Richard Ingersoll (Syracuse University, Florence)
Tom Cohen (York University, Canada)

Session 2 – Surveillance and defining the boundaries of public space in
the street
Elizabeth S. Cohen (York University, Canada)
Alex Stedmon (University of Nottingham)
Anna Minton (Journalist and author)

Session 3 – Surveillance: a creative perspective
Sound&Fury Theatre company
To be followed by a Round Table - concluding, thinking and talking.

10:00-10:30 Registration
10:30 Introduction (Georgia Clarke and Fabrizio Nevola)
10:45 Session 1
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Session 2
2:45 Coffee and tea
3:15 Session 3
4:45 Conclusion

Numbers are limited.
To register please email Claire Hogg by 8th March.





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