Workshop 1: ‘Empire and Post-Empire in the Global City’

Thursday 30th and Friday 31st January 2014

The River Room, Strand Campus, King’s College London

Empire to Post-Empire: Planning and Violence


How do continuities—and discontinuities—in urban planning manifest in London space from colonial into postcolonial times? And between the Global South and the Global North?

Does it make sense to speak of London as an uneven ‘southern’ city? How is London overlaid and underpinned by the South?

In what ways do literature and performance respond to, intervene in, and interrogate urban planning?  Can literature be seen to provide outlets, insights, and points of departure in situations of planned violence?


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