ACUH Conference 2016 14-15 January

ACUH Conference 2016

Fleeting Testimonies of Urban Life: Graffiti and Other Transient Writings from Antiquity to the Present

A diachronic conference on graffiti and other urban ephemeral writings, organised by ACUH members Lucinda Dirven and Maartje van Gelder.

This international conference – organised by the Amsterdam Centre of Urban History – sets out to explore the potential of graffiti and other transient writings for the reconstruction of urban history through the ages.

Who were the authors and who the viewers? How do these writings interact with their support (walls, human bodies)? What new perspectives do they offer to examine the agency of, and communication between, different groups of the urban population? What happens to our understanding of premodern history and writing when we expand our modern assumptions of what constitutes written expression? And when we move beyond seeing graffiti on paintings, statues and monumental buildings as acts of vandalism, what happens to the way we practice history, art history and architectural history?

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