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The Emotional Lives of Cities

A public forum and continuing professional development seminar for teachers held at Brisbane City Hall

  

Image: Queen Street, Brisbane, c 1897, Queensland State Archives Collection.

Due to current circumstances, 'The Emotional Lives of Cities' public forum has been rescheduled for 10 October 2020. More details about the new date and timing will follow in due course.

Date: Saturday 10 October 2020
Time: TBC
Venue: Brisbane City Hall
Register: TBC
Enquiries: Sushma Griffin, Public Outreach Officer, ARC Centre for the History of Emotions (UQ node), email: uqche@uq.edu.au

The impending climate catastrophe and the emergence of a post-Fordist society dominated by corporate-driven artificial intelligence has created a mood of deep uncertainty about the nature and future of urban life. This Public Forum and Continuing Professional Development Seminar for teachers explores the intersection of affect and aesthetics as one of the primary ways in which we engage with the many social and political problems connected to these far-reaching developments. An interdisciplinary group of art and architectural historians, as well as literature and media scholars, will address aspects of the history of urbanism in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and globally, examining our relation not only with urban objects, spaces, and environments, but also with the political and social structures underpinning the ideal of the democratic city. Topics past and present will examine a range of concerns related to urban life, including the shifting cultural biographies of the medieval borderlands of the Amu Darya in Central Asia; the imbrications of culture and landscape in the broader ecology of the Gold Coast’s waterways by the Yugambeh people in the nineteenth century; the revolutionary underpinnings of 1968 Situationist Paris; the implications of the recent clashes around Extinction Rebellion for the (re)development of Brisbane CBD, and contemporary developments in the ways mood monitoring is incorporated into “smart city” proposals. Continuing Professional Development certificates will be available for all teachers.