‘Heritage and Identity’ by The University of Westminster School of Architecture and Cities

Friday 29th June 2018, 12:00 – 7:00 PM @ University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road London, NW1 5LS

With the revisiting of Britain’s colonial and slave-trading history, for example, there is growing awareness that heritage is contested and that we may just be entering foothills of cultural decolonisation.
Heritage, thus, could be central to negotiating difference and diversity; it is a hot topic, the subject of government agendas, cultural projects, and identity politics. It remains, nonetheless, a fluid and contested term; what is heritage, who makes it, how is it made, who is it for?
A half-day symposium bringing together diverse research currently being undertaken at the University of Westminster School of Architecture and Cities exploring the intersections between heritage, identity, politics and the built environment.
12.30 PM: Registration
12.50 PM: Welcome
1:00 -2.15 PM: Panel 1 – Land, territory, belonging
  • John Bold – Heritage, Reconstruction and Authenticity
  • Nasser Golzari & Yara Sharif – Re-reading Heritage
  • Ben Stringer – Whose (rural) heritage?
2.30 – 3.45 PM: Panel 2 – Dismantling the built fabric
  • Harry Charrington – On the Border
  • Kate Jordan – ‘Architectural Heritage and Religious Communities in Modern Britain’
  • Ro Spankie – ‘The First House
3.45-4.15 PM: Break
4.15 – 5.30 PM: Panel 3 – Heritage methodologies and disruptions
  • Christine Wall – ‘Hidden narratives in construction histories’
  • Sarah Milne – ‘Writing heritage in the digital age’
  • Shahed Saleem – ‘Disrupting Heritage: situating the British mosque’
6:00 PM: Keynote  – Liza Fior (MUF architects)