please see below details of a conference at Queen Mary College.
GLOBAL ASPIRATION AND PASTICHE IDENTITY: ARCHITECTURAL PRESERVATION IN
Inter-disciplinary conference, to be held at Queen Mary, University of
London on 6-7 November 2010, Mile End Road, Arts G34.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, major Russian cities have been
undergoing rapid development, which has led to unprecedented destruction
of the architectural heritage. Owing to the practice of replacing
historical buildings with modern structures built in concrete and
disguised by a mock façade in historical style, the cityscape of the
Russian capital increasingly looks like a theme park. This conference
convenes an international group of academics and preservationists to
investigate the historical context of this crisis, examine current
practices, and identify opportunities for future action. It is hoped that
through an inter-disciplinary dialogue, the historical roots of attitudes
regarding architectural preservation in Russia can be revealed.
The conference is organized by Prof. Andreas Schönle at Queen Mary,
University of London and Prof. Catriona Kelly at New College, University
For further information, including the conference programme, and
registration, please visit http://www.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/russian/
Sponsored by New College, University of Oxford; Queen Mary, University of
London; GB-Russia Society; and BASEES.
Registration by 29 October 2010.