The Irish Humanities Alliance (IHA), in collaboration with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and The LAB, is delighted to present Streets Ahead: Post-Pandemic Civic Spaces. Today, as we plan for post-pandemic landscapes, with greater awareness and appreciation of the outdoors, the open-air spaces of our common world have renewed significance. Public places now need to function more effectively as truly shared spaces. Presenting current research from the fields of design, visual and material culture, public history, cultural history, architecture, urban planning, sonic studies, public art and heritage studies, this conference attempts to provide a critical lens through which to focus this newly enhanced attention. The conference will take place in hybrid form on 9-10 September 2022 in Dublin, at TU Dublin, Grangegorman, and The LAB, Foley Street (complying with government guidelines in September 2022).
Keynote Speakers Include: Ali Grehan, Dublin City Council: Duane Jethro, University of Cape Town; Eleanor Herring, Glasgow School of Art; Christoph Lindner, University College London; Ellen Rowley, University College Dublin.
Draft Schedule – Subject to updates
Friday 9th September
Morning, 9.30-13.00: TU Dublin, East Quad, City Campus, Grangegorman, Dublin 7
Keynote Conversation One: Alternative Futures for the Public Realm
Panel One:Sensory Streets
Panel Two: Occupying the Alleys
Afternoon, 14.30-17.00: The LAB Gallery, Foley Street, Dublin 1
Participants will have an opportunity to take part in a walking tour and a set of visual thinking workshops.
Saturday 10th September,
TU Dublin, City Campus, Grangegorman
Keynote Conversation Two: “Contested History in Civic Spaces”
Panel Three: Making Memory in Civic Space
Panel Four: Rethinking Public Parks
12.45-13.30 Lunch (provided on site)
Afternoon, 14.30-17.00: TU Dublin, East Quad, City Campus, Grangegorman
Keynote Conversation Three
Panel Five: Digital Placemaking
Panel Six: Community and the Commons
The event is free but registration on eventbrite is essential.