Rutgers-New Brunswick Hosts Shifting Cities Conference

The conference, hosted by Rutgers Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies, will explore the phenomenon of shifting populations and urban heritage.

From November 12-14, Rutgers’ Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) will host “Shifting Cities: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century,” a conference focusing on population shifts and their connection to urban heritage. The conference will draw scholars and practitioners from around the world to dissect the challenges facing cities and population growth. The goal of the conference is to identify new approaches for working successfully with dynamic populations on the urgent issue of heritage conservation within changing cities.

Topics for conference panels include Urban Development: Managing Competing Claims; Environment in the City; Urban Memories and Competing Histories; Urban Cultural Identities; Social Services: Education, Employment, and Public Health; and Technology and New Media. Roundtable discussions  will concentrate on the city of Camden, New Jersey, and on armed conflict in the Middle East. Both roundtables will unite professionals working in each city (or the region) to present their experiences and strategies.

Shifting Cities will also feature two keynote speakers: Ishmael Beah and Jyoti Hosagrahar. Beah is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier & Radiance of Tomorrow. Hosagrahar is the Director of Sustainable Urbanism International GSAPP at Columbia University in New York, and Bangalore & UNESCO Chair Professor in Culture, Habitat, and Sustainable Development at Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore, India.

For further information on the conference, visit the MARCH Conference Calendar page.

The conference is free, but registration is required.

For a complete schedule of events, click here.

From: Rutgers Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies Department