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Silutett av människa med karta i bakgrunden

Those participating in this workshop will be invited to explore the connections between the right to the city and collaborative life story-work. Starting off from presentations of Francesca Cerri’s and Joseph Plaster’s respective works, we will discuss: How can the city be discerned in life stories? How can urban experiences be presented in a way that contribute to the development of a sustainable urban life rather than the reification of urban citizens and dwellers? What are the connections and contradictions be-tween sharing life stories and the right to the city?

Francesca Cerri

Francesca Cerri is an architect turned lecturer and consultant. Her growing awareness of the role of social perspectives on environmental issues made her move early onto combining spatial planning methodology with visual approaches, narrative development and participatory techniques. She has worked with EPFL, SNIS- UNESCO, Lund University, as well as private partners, on mapping memories in the urban landscape, on the social and historical influence on urban-countryside polarisation for DRR development and the dialogue between overlapping post-war life stories.

Joseph Plaster

Joseph Plaster is Director of the Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center at Johns Hopkins University. He is director of the Peabody Ballroom Experience, a collaboration with the queer and trans artists of color who make up Baltimore’s ballroom scene, and a team member at Inheritance Baltimore: Humanities and Arts Education for Black Liberation. Among other projects, he directed Polk Street: Lives in Transition, which drew on oral histories to intervene in debates about gentrification, homeless-ness, sex work, queer politics, and safety in the polarized setting of gentrifying San Francisco.

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