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Injured Cities, Urban Afterlives Conference

October 13, 2011 to October 15, 2011


Miller Theatre and Wood Auditorium

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What are the effects of catastrophe on cities, their inhabitants, and the larger world? How can we address the politics of terror with which states react to their vulnerability? In a series of presentations and conversations, an international group of artists, writers, activists and individuals directly affected by urban injury will imagine creative modes of reinvention in response to urban disasters.

FRIDAY: Miller Theater

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Panel 1: “Injured Cities/Threshold Catastrophes”

Ariella Azoulay, Bar Ilan University, Israel, Program for Culture and Interpretation

Saskia Sassen, Columbia University, Department of Sociology

Karen Till, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland, Geography

Moderator: Saidiya Hartman, Columbia University

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — September 11, 2001 Oral History Narrative and Memory Project: Life in the Political Aftermath

Living with Terror at Home

Narrators: Talat Hamdani, Zorah Saed

Moderator: Mary Marshall Clark, CU Oral History Program

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. September 11, 2001 — Oral History Narrative and Memory Project: The Legacy of Colonialism and Invisibility

Stories Before and Beyond the Event

Narrators: Somi Roy, Roberta Galler

Moderator: Gerry Albarelli, CU Oral History Program

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. — Reception Dodge Café

Welcoming Remarks

7:30pm Evening Event: — Witness to the Ruins: A Lecture-Performance with Mapa Teatro, Bogotá Colombia.

Followed by a panel discussion with the artists

Discussion moderated by Diana Taylor

Miller Theater


SATURDAY: Wood Auditorium (breaks/receptions in Brownies Café)

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Light Breakfast

9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. — Panel 2: “Bodies and Borders in the Aftermath”

Nina Bernstein, Journalist, New York Times

Ann Jones, Author/Journalist

Anne McClintock, University of Wisconsin, Madison, English and Women’s and Gender Studies

Moderator: Hazel V. Carby, Yale University

11:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. — Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. — Panel 3: “Spatializing Afterlife”

Eyal Weizman, Architect/Author, member of the Decolonizing Architecture Project (Bethlehem/Palestine)

Clive van den Berg, Artist, Curator and Author (South Africa)

Teddy Cruz, Architect (Los Angeles)

Moderators: Mabel Wilson (CU Architecture) and Rosalind Morris (CU Anthropology)

3:00 – 3:30 — Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. — Panel 4: “Art and Archive After Catastrophe”

Walid Ra’ad, Artist and Professor of Art, Cooper Union

Dinh Q Le, Artist

Shirin Neshat, Artist

Moderator: Carol Becker, CU Dean of the School of the Arts


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