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The production of urban memory: an interdisciplinary roundtable

This roundtable discussion on the role of images in urban studies and cultural heritage is being co-organized in Milan by dhCenter member Florence Graezer Bideau.

In our memory-obsessed time, cities have become places for the elaboration of images of the past that serve as a background for understanding, legitimizing, or contesting urban transformations. How are these cultural representations produced? How are they institutionalized, for example in UNESCO listings, cultural heritage initiatives, or public history projects? To what extent are they capable of integrating the changing demands of memory coming from a plurality of social subjects?

The roundtable discusses these issues starting from a book (Porter le temps. Mémoires urbaines d’un site horloger, Genève, MētisPresses, 2021) and a research project (“Memory and the city”), and with the participation of an interdisciplinary group of Italian and Swiss researchers.

Round table and book/research presentation coordinated by:

Filippo De Pieri, Politecnico di Torino

Florence Graezer Bideau, EPFL


Nicola Braghieri, EPFL
Elena Cogato Lanza, EPFL
Antonella Bruzzese, Politecnico di Milano
Pierre-Alain Croset, Politecnico di Milano
Paolo Scrivano, Politecnico di Milano

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From: 26 May, 2022
To: 26 May, 2022
Organizer: Swiss House Milano
Speaker: Florence Graezer Bideau, EPFL; Filippo De Pieri, Politecnico di Torino
Languages: English, French
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