Closing Symposium: Writing Urban Places

The Closing Symposium will take place on June 2nd, 2023.

It is a moment for the network members, academia, faculty, and community participants to celebrate and reflect upon the Action’s achievements during the past four years and to examine future challenges. Based on the efforts of the last four years, the symposium is organized in five sessions: Cities, Working groups, City writing workshops, Films and books.


8:30 Registration

9:00 Welcome 

Kees Kaan, architect, Head of Department of Architecture 

9:10 Introduction Writing Urban Places

Klaske Havik and Susana Oliveira, Action Chairs

9:30 Cities  part I

9:30 Limerick – Extra Muros

Michael G. Kelly

Respondent Luc Pauwels 

9:50 Almada – The Other Margin

Luis Santiago Baptista, Susana Oliveira
Respondent Lorin Niculae

10:10 Osijek – Mapping the Fictional and the Physical City

Sonja Novak and Angeliki Sioli 

Respondent Sernaz Arslan

10:30  Coffee Break 

10:45 Round table working groups 1 and 2: Communications and Theory

Jorge Mejía Hernandez, Onorina Botezat Science communication, working group 1

Sonja Novak, Angeliki Sioli, Giuseppe Resta, working group 2

Respondents: Svava Riesto, Lorna Stokes

11:30 Writing Urban Places Delft & lunch

11:30 Workshop introduction 

Saskia de Wit and Angeliki Sioli 

11:45 Workshop & Lunch break
(suggestions for nearby restaurants will be provided)

14:00 Round table working groups 3 and 4: Methods and Fieldwork

Carlos Machado e Moura, Dalia Milián Bernal, working group 3

Slobodan Velevski and Luis Santiago Baptista, working group 4

Respondents: Mattias Malk, Matej Nikšič, Kingą Kimic. 

14:45 Cities part II 

14:45 Tampere – Co-constructed narratives of the grassroots in the city

Elina Alatalo

Respondent Mathilde Merolli

15:05 Tallinn – Stories of Pictures and Pictures of Stories

Jüri Soolep 

Respondent Fernando Ferreira

15:25 Canakalle – A Topographical System of Fictional Events and Memories

Giuseppe Resta and Sonja Novak

Respondent Juliana Wexel

15:45 break

16:00 Skopje The Brutalist Trail

Blagoja Bajkovski, Ana Rafailovska, Marija Mano Velevska

Respondent Holly Dale

16:20 Tirana The Planned, the Un-Planned and Everything In-between

Dorina Pllumbi, Diana Malaj, Willie Vogel

Respondent Nama’a Qudah

17:00 Session 6. Films and Books

17:00 Films

Screening of short films from the fieldwork events.

Introduction by Jorge Mejía and Onorina Botezat

17:30 Drinks & Book presentations

-Vademecum 77 Minor Terms for Writing Urban Places

-Repository 49 Methods and Assignments for Writing Urban Places

-Other destinations 

-Writingplace journal #5 Narrative Methods for Writing Urban Places

-Writingplace journal #6 City Narratives as Places of meaningfulness, Appropriation, and Integration

-Writingplace journal #7 Taking place: Reflections from the Fieldworker

-Nalans Journal of Narrative and Language Studies, special issue The Narrative Identity of European Cities 

20:00 Dinner at restaurant BarBaar in Delft 

(upon pre-registration)


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