GUST Doctoral Colloquium 2010

The Ghent Urban Studies Team (GUST) is proud to present the second edition of its Doctoral Colloquium: 



The GUST Doctoral Colloquium provides a forum for graduate students whose research is connected to the GUST hallmark: the study of the contemporary city from an interdisciplinary point of view. The colloquium is a joint initiative of Ghent University's English Department and its Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, and is funded by GUST, the Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities and Law, and the Doctoral School of Engineering. The colloquium is open to the public.

The seven selected speakers will be grouped into two sessions (one with a literary and one with an architectural approach), and each session will be presided over by two non-GUST referees. Speakers will be asked to present (an aspect of) their doctoral research in a 20-minute presentation, followed by feedback from one of the respondents and 10 minutes of Q&A from the floor. The sessions will be presided over by Professor Dr. Christoph Lindner from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, Professor Emeritus Ed Taverne from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, and architect Sébastien Marot. 


Registration and fees

Admission to the colloquium is free, but registration is required. Please contact before April 20, 2010. Registration includes lunch and two coffee breaks. Speakers and respondents are also invited to the conference diner taking place in the evening of Friday May 7, 2010 at Het Pand.



NOTIFICATION: Due to the flight restrictions of the past few days, dra. Sofie Boonen might not be able to join us for the colloquium since her research stay in Australia has been involuntarily prolonged.


Welcome Address


Prof. dr. Kristiaan Versluys, Director of GUST

Session 1

10.05 – 10.45

Luce Beeckmans (doctoral researcher at the Department of History of Architecture and Urbanism, Groningen University in association with Ghent University): “Reading Colonial Planning in African Cities via a Comparative Perspective”

 (referee: Sébastien Marot)


Coffee break (10.45 – 11.00)

Session 1 (c’td)

11.00 – 12.30

Maarten Liefooghe (doctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University): “Lives and Works in Berlin: The Image of the City as Studio”

(referee: Prof. dr. em. Ed Taverne)


Bieke Willem (assistant at the Department of Romance Languages, Ghent University): “Houses and Streets in Santiago de Chile: A Study of By Night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño".

(referee: Prof. dr. Christoph Lindner)


12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

Session 2

13.30 – 15.00

Sofie Verraest (doctoral researcher at the Dutch Department/Department of Comparative Literature, Ghent University): "Narrative Chronotopes in Urban Design and Postwar Novels. A Comparative Research."

(referee: Prof. dr. Christoph Lindner)


dr. Jason Narlock (King’s College, London): "The New Brutalism/ A Beautiful Thing: Reading Working-Class Sexuality in the Architecture of Postwar London"

(referee: Prof. dr. em. Ed Taverne)

Coffee break (15.00 – 15.20)

Session 2 (c’td)

15.20 – 16.00

Susanne Leikam (doctoral researcher at the American Studies Department, University of Regensburg): “Our Conflagration beats the Last Days of Pompeii”: Ideology in the Visual Representations of the City of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

(referee: Sébastien Marot)


Closing Remarks

16.00 – 17.00 


Conference Diner