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Mini-seminar: integrating perspectives on public space

When:Th 09-05-2019 13:00 - 15:00
Where:Room A901, Broerstraat 9

The term public space has several meanings at the same time. Cultural scientists understand the term as referring to a virtual space for debate and discussion, a space where arts and politics may meet. Urban scientists use the term to refer to the concrete built environment,  the result of working / housing planning and building strategy for cities in relation to creative and economic development.

This seminar looks at the relationship, of lack thereof, between these two perspectives. Can we conceive of an integrative perspective of public space as a built environment strategically developed to enforce the function of a space for encounter and discussion?

You are invited to join the discussion on this topic on Thurday, May 9, at 13.00, together with visiting Erasmus researcher Dr Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway of the University of Barcelona, Prof. Dr Rob Roggema of the Hanze University Groningen and Dr Thijs Lijster, Research Center Arts in Society. No registration necessary.

Moderation: Johan Kolsteeg


M ontserrat Pareja-Eastaway holds a PhD in Economics and is the Director of the Cultural Management Master at the University of Barcelona. Since 1992, she devotes her research to the analysis of urban problems and in particular, its impact on social, cultural and economic aspects..  

Rob Roggema is Professor of Sustainable Spatial Transformations at the Knowledge Centre NoorderRuimte, Hanze University Groningen. He has developed the Swarm Planning concept, a dynamic way of designing the city, prepared for future climate change. In his research, Rob focuses on resilient, adaptive and circular urban planning.

Thijs Lijster is assistant professor philosophy of arts and culture at the University of Groningen and postdoctoral researcher at the Culture Commons Quest Office of the University of Antwerp.