Call for Papers: Re-engaging with the Gulf Modernist City. Cambridge, July 2019

Long-time neglected architectural and artistic productions of the modernization era are now at the centre of a renewed interest. In the last decade, a series of initiatives were launched to understand, analyse and re-engage with the once-modern city, which meanwhile lost its pivotal function and meaning. A city within a bigger city, the urban fabric produced in the Gulf during the modernization era has the potential to narrate the social growth, as well as the East-West dynamics typical of the region and citizens’ memories of a recent past. Lately, media reported the news of preservation policies to be issued for the architecture of the second half of the 20th century. What future can be envisioned for the Gulf modern heritage? The workshop invites qualitative and quantitative contributions that will look at this compelling topic from a cross-country perspective pondering the cultural, historical and sociodemographic aspects of possible repurposing actions.

In the framework of the 10th Gulf Research Meeting in Cambridge, UK that will take place in July 2019 the workshop “Re-engaging with the Gulf Modernist City: Heritage and Repurposing Practice,” is now accepting abstracts of 500-1000 words (in English) to be submitted by 2 February 2019 to the following link: http://grm.grc.net/index.php?pgid=Mw

The best papers presented at the workshop will be considered for an edited volume.

The full description of the workshop is available here  or downloadable here.

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