Call for papers

International Conference: Urban Heritage Activism

Berlin, Germany
Deadline: 18 December 2016

International Conference: Urban Heritage Activism

Simulizi Mijini/Urban Narratives is an interdisciplinary inquiry into urban heritage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Berlin, Germany.

Through artist residencies, student exchanges and discursive events, the project seeks to develop a more inclusive approach to urban heritage that embraces multiple voices and supports diverse readings of urban environments from a ‘bottom-up’ perspective. For more information about the project and the programme of events, which have already included two summer schools, 10 artist residencies and a one-day symposium in Dar es Salaam, please visit the website:

Simulizi Mijini/Urban Narratives is now announcing a call for abstracts for a two-day international conference at the Technical University Berlin from 16-17 March 2017, which, together with a coinciding exhibition at ZK/U, will culminate the project. For the Berlin conference contributions are invited that focus on heritage activism in diverse geographical and cultural contexts. Abstracts that address the political ramifications of urban heritage, particularly in postcolonial environments, are particularly welcome. Simulizi Mijini/Urban Narratives wishes to engage the Grassroots movements around the world that are demanding a more inclusive approach to heritage, redefining how places in the built environment are valued and preserved. In addition the role of research and scholarship as well as other forms of political, cultural and arts practice in supporting heritage movements will be questioned . Rather than convening an academic event, a multidisciplinary platform will be created for activists, scholars, artists, cultural producers, students and local residents to debate urban heritage , to present innovative approaches and put forward inclusive solutions.

Find more informations about the submissions and how to aplly here: call for abstracts (PDF)

Application deadline December 18 2016

Urban Heritage Activism March 16−17, 2017 BERLIN


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