26.04.2012 - Colloquium Mid-Size City

GUSTorganizes the colloquium 'Mid-Size City. The dual nature of urban imagery in Europe during the long 20th century' on April 19-21. The colloquium is free of charge. More information on the content and programme can be found here.


Oktober 2011

14.10            "Rootless: A Video Sculptural Response to the Disconnected in Cape Town - Skeletal Visibilities in the City". Lunch lecture by Jade Gibson (Blandijnberg 2, Grote Vergaderzaal; 12.00 pm - 1.30 pm).

Abstract. This paper follows the construction and outcome of a series of installations based on an artwork, created by the author of this paper, which journeyed across central Cape Town. The artwork in question was a life-size replica of a human skeleton, made of tree twigs and branches. The skeleton artwork, on a day tour with the author and the another artist, Kitty Dörje, with the intention of collaborating in a short film of the work, visited Table Mountain Nature Reserve, Iziko Museum, Prestwich Street Memorial, Rhodes Memorial and the Table Mountain view on Blouberg Beach. Installations with the artwork were set up as a response to each environment and each event recorded as photographs and on video camera. Within the journey, new connotations began to occur between the skeleton and the places visited, the skeleton acting as a linking device. The themes for the poem and installations drew on Museums and Heritage research, seminars and colloquia, problematising issues around memorialisation, land, landscape, tourism, human remains, memory, archive, silences and history in Cape Town, as well as debates as part of the Cities in Transition project at the University of the Western Cape. The artwork was then displayed with the photographs, with an accompanying poem by the author, as an installation at Cape Town Station as part of ‘Infecting the City’ Arts Festival in 2011. A short film, ‘Rootless’, dedicated to ‘the silenced and forgotten people of Cape Town’, was created, based on the poem visually worked into the film narrative. This paper traces the experiential process of the construction of the artwork installations and the recontextualisation of the skeleton in different environments, as a creative research process. Through the artwork constructing visual and conceptual links between spaces and histories in the city, it is argued to visually disturb the material silencing and erasure of communities in past and present, to evoke plural perspectives and histories and to thus raise questions on issues of representation, in which landscape and artwork become alternative forms of archive.


December 2010

03.12 - 04.12   Seminar on "Narrativity and the Perception/Conception of Landscape"



Mei 2010

07.05   GUST Doctoral Colloquium



September 2009

15.09   Guest lecture by Nyasha Garaba (University of the Western Cape, South Africa): "Deconstructing Souvenir Photographs: Imagery, Imagining and (Re)Creating Cape Town" (Rozier 44, English Literature library, 5pm).   


May 2009

19.05   GUST Doctoral Colloquium (Faculteitszaal Blandijn)



April 2009

03.04   Exhibition "Beyond the Picturesque" (curators Steven Jacobs and Frank Maes) at S.M.A.K. Gent.  

23-24   Queer Literary Kinship in New York, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vancouver: A Symposium



Januari 2009

09.01   Symposium On Piranesi (in Ghent)   MSK/Museum voor Schone Kunsten. Citadelpark, Gent.

Programma / Programme

September 2008

20.09   Piranesi exhibition, MSK/Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (20.09.08-18.01.2009, from Tuesday till Sunday, 10am-6pm).


November 2007

30.11  Symposium The Picturesque and Beyond: Landscape and Modernity. Universiteit Gent, Faculteit Toegepaste Wetenschappen, Joseph Plateaustraat 2, 9000 Gent.

Programme & Conference Statement
Rene Boomkens (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Bart Eeckhout (Universiteit Antwerpen), Dirk De Meyer (Universiteit Gent), Bart Keunen (Universiteit Gent), Rudi Laermans (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Günter Lenz (Humboldt Universität Berlin), Jeroen Lievens (Universiteit Gent), Pieter Uyttenhove (Universiteit Gent), Bart Verschaffel (Universiteit Gent)


Mei 2005

23.05   De stad als Trope - Stadsliteratuur in de Lage Landen en Europa. Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde, Koningstraat 18, 9000 GENT.



Oktober 2000

19-21.10   Post Ex Sub Dis. International three-day conference "Post Ex Sub Dis: Fragmentations of the City," in co-production with "Brussel 2000: Culturele Hoofdstad" (Brussels 2000: Cultural Capital).

Speakers: Aaron Betsky (San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art), Sophie Body-Gendrot (Sorbonne and Institut d'Etudes Polytechniques, Paris), Stefano Boeri (University of Genua and Politecnico of Milan), Lizabeth Cohen (Harvard University), Rosalyn Deutsche (independent scholar, New York), Adriaan Geuze (West 8, Rotterdam), Paul Gilroy (Yale University), Regine Leibinger (Barkow & Leibinger, Berlin; Harvard University), Scott Malcomson (journalist, New York), Peter Marcuse (Columbia University), Bruce Robbins (Rutgers University), Luc Sante (writer, New York), William Sharpe (BarnardCollege/Columbia University), Edward W. Soja (UCLA and London School of Economics), Mark Wigley (Columbia University).

With over 400 registrations from more than 30 countries. With the support of the Flemish Community, the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen), the Belgian Luxembourg American Studies Association (BLASA), the American Embassy and various departments of Ghent University.


Mei 1999

6-8.05    Europe and the American Paradigm

A three-day European Research Workshop in the Humanities about "Europe and the American Paradigm: Visions of the Future for the European City." Sponsored by the European Science Foundation (Strasbourg, France) and with the cooperation of researchers from E.T.H. Zurich, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, Politecnico di Milano, Università di Genova, Instituto Superior Tecnico de Lisboa, Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa, and the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham.