Street life and street culture: Between Early Modern Europe and the present

Award Holder

Dr Fabrizio JD Nevola

Higher Education Institute

Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath

Street Life and Street Culture involves art historians, architectural historians and theoreticians, planners, public officials, artists and critics, film-makers, a sound artist and an actor, who create an interdisciplinary, international community drawn from the UK, USA and Europe. We are considering how streets shaped and informed the daily lives of urban communities in the past, and how this historical experience relates to contemporary realities. Six major themes linking the Early Modern urban experience and today are the focus of our studies:

  • the relation between ephemeral performances and permanent urban change
  • the street as locus for celebration, religion and rituals
  • the performative siting of violence, punishment and protest
  • surveillance, policing and control
  • gossip and the circulation of news
  • street sounds

Our events will take place in the UK and Europe. Outputs will include sound recordings, films, as well as symposia, research papers and a conference. For more information please visit the Street Life website


Lively discussion at our agenda-setting event: 28 November 2008, Oxford Brookes University

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