Université Paris V

Amphithéâtre Durkheim, Université Paris V - René Descartes,
1 rue Victor Cousin
75005 Paris

A symposium, walks and workshops on photography and urbanism

ULIP is once again involved in the organisation of a weekend of walks and workshops around the streets of Paris. This year's event, entitled 'Cities of Light: Paris' builds upon the success of 2017's Cartographies and will appeal to those studying, or interested in studying our MA in Urban History and Culture.

The event is the first in a series of symposia organised by the Urban Photographers Association taking place in European cities in 2018.

The symposium and workshops will explore the city of Paris, highlighting visual culture, social history, geography, politics and learning. In addition, urban photographic techniques, story telling and artistic practice will be presented and investigated through workshops focusing on urban life and ‘light’ in the built environment. The symposium and workshops will be of special interest to researchers, photographers, postgraduates, artists and all those interested in dialogue and debate around urban issues.

ULIP is working with the Urban Photographers Association, the CUCR, Goldsmiths, University of London, the University of Paris V, University of Rennes 2, Openvizor, and the University of West London to organise the event.

Speakers and contributors include:

Theresa Mikuriya (University of West London), Anna-Louise Milne (University of London Institute in Paris), David Kendall, Abbas Nokhasteh and Moustafa Traoré (Goldsmiths, University of London & OpenVizor), Sandrine Ferret (University of Rennes 2), Adel Tincelin (artist), Paul Halliday (Goldsmiths, University of London & Urban Photographers Association), Peter Coles (Goldsmiths, University of London & Urban Photographers Association), Carolina Sanchez Boe (University of Paris V, Sorbonne), Anne Zeitz (University of Rennes 2), Peter Bennett (University of West London)

Full details of the speakers and abstracts are available, here.

The event is free but places are limited and booking is essential.


Friday 4 May - Symposium

10.00:  Registration

10.30: Opening Keynote: Theresa Mikuriya (University of West London) - Three Entries in the History of Light

11.30:  Panel One - Boundaries in Urban Space

1.00:  Lunch

14.30:  Panel Two - City of Fights

16.00:  Second Keynote: Peter Coles (Goldsmiths, University of London & Urban Photographers Association) - The archaeology of a photographic inquiry

17.00:  Closing drinks


Saturday 5 May - Walks

A choice of guided walks - each walk is limited to 20 participants.

(1) Watching, Waiting and Listening: Conversations, Dialogues and Boundaries of Engagement in the 15th Arrondissement

(2) The Triangle de Choisy: A walk around the largest Chinatown in Paris

(3) Tracing Paris’s hidden river: the Bièvre


Sunday 6 May - Workshop

10.30:  Meeting to share and discuss yesterday's walking workshops held at Le 104 (Cent Quatre)

12.30:  Time permitting, a visit to the 35 silver birch trees along the Quai du Louvre, to note and document the changes in graffiti carved into their bark since it was recorded on 20 May, 2000, led by Peter Coles.