Valletta 2018’s ‘Cities as Community Spaces’ conference, which will be held on the 23rd-25th November, shall explore the notion of the power of community spaces in transforming cities and the everyday lives of their residents.
This conference will bring together experts in the fields of urbanism, art, digital media, community work and critical theory to discuss the evolving role of public space and the ways in which different community groups make use of their urban environment for creative, political and communal expression.
Conference keynote speakers include author, editor and urban flâneur Shawn Micallef, urbanist and co-founder of the Urban Institute (Riga) Jonas Būchel, artist Tania El Khoury, Open Works Lab co-founders Giuliana Fenech and Renzo Spiteri, Yes We Camp co-founder Nicolas Détrie, urbanist Christian Dimmer and political and cultural sociologist Paolo Gerbaudo.
The conference will also feature a series of parallel sessions, allowing researchers from across the globe to explore the phenomenon of urban interaction from a broad range of perspectives. These parallel sessions will discuss various themes, including community regeneration, the interaction between physical and virtual space, the use of public space for protest and contestation, and the use of space for creative expression.
The conference also includes various conversation and debate sessions, allowing the participants to interact and actively participate in the event. A complementary social programme shall provide conference delegates with opportunities to explore conference topics within Valletta’s own community spaces through artistic presentations. These include an audio-visual installation by Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury titled ‘Stories of Refuge’, which tells the story of three Syrian asylum seekers who fled Syria to seek refuge in Munich, ‘Quintessence’, an immersive performance by Maltese composer Renzo Spiteri along with short film screenings.
The conference will be held at various community spaces in Valletta, with main sessions taking place at the King’s Own Band Club.
Further information on registering (deadline 31st October, 2016) can be found HERE or contact the Valletta 2018 Foundation on 21242018.