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Cities@SAS away day, Warburg Institute 17 June

Following our launch at the beginning of June, colleagues are meeting to discuss how to develop the initiative in terms of our public engagement, in research facilitation and promotion and in new collaborations across the different Institutes which form the School of Advanced Study. Hosted by the Warburg Institute. The away day is for University of London staff but we always welcome input and ideas. For information contact Dr Claire Launchbury (

Cities@SAS Launch Events: 1 June.

Part 1: Showcasing Cities@SAS

Wolfson Suite, IHR 15h

This event showcased the diversity of disciplinary approaches to all things urban at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Scholars from different Institutes talk about their research on different urban spaces across the world. We reflect on our different approaches to the city through cultural studies, classics, art history, modern history and modern languages.

Godela Weiss-Sussex (IMLR): Berlin

Matthew Davies (IHR, director CMH): London

Claire Launchbury (IMLR/IHR, director Cities@SAS initiative): Beirut

Greg Woolf (director, ICS): Urban apes

Joanne Anderson (Warburg): Innsbruck

Tom Hulme (IHR-CMH): Chicago

16h30-17h00: Tea and Networking.


Part 2: Cityscapes: Past, Present and Future

Macmillan Hall, 17h

Professor Laleh Khalili chaired a series of provocations and lively discussion on cityscapes with: –

Darran Anderson (author, Imaginary Cities)

Irena Bauman (architect, Bauman-Lyons, University of Sheffield)

Tim Hitchcock (University of Sussex)

Paul Mason (journalist and author of Postcapitalism: A Guide to our Future)

Karl Sharro (architect and co-author of Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism in Architecture).

Wine Reception to follow.

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Past Events



Jean Cayrol

Jean Cayrol

Concentrationary Art and the Reading of Everyday Life

Max Silverman (University of Leeds)

The familiar roll-call of poets and critics of everyday life normally starts with Baudelaire (at least in French Studies) and takes in Apollinaire, Surrealism, Benjamin, Lefebvre, Barthes, Perec, Situationism and Certeau, amongst other city strollers and ludic re-inventors of the banal. Max Silverman argues that an overlooked figure in this tradition is the poet, novelist, critic and former concentration camp survivor Jean Cayrol. By inserting Cayrol and concentrationary art into the tradition of poets and critics of everyday life we can re-evaluate the nature of the ideological challenge to capitalism in post-war France and recover hidden connections between cultural practices, theory and history which are often overlooked.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Senate House, Rm 246 17h-19h30

For information contact Dr Claire Launchbury (