[URBANTH-L]LIMINAL ZONES - the Nicosia seminar, 5-7 November

Pelin Tan pelintan at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 10:33:12 EST 2008

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*LIMINAL ZONES  -   the Nicosia seminar,  5,6,7 November 2008*
*organized by Angela Melitopoulos and Socrates Stratis*
*Aristide Antonas, Haim Bresheeth, Celine Condorelli, Armin Linke, Angela
Melitopoulos, John Nassari, John Palmesino, Yiannis Papadakis, Ines Schaber,
Florian Schneider, Eyal Sivan, Pelin Tan, Eyal Weizman, Phillipe Zourgane*

Any attempt to understand the rapid transformation of territories in the
21st century reveals shifting landscapes and moving boundaries, thus a
continuous struggle for their redefinition through conflicts and exclusions.
Different conditions of mobility and migration encouraged by the so-called
'globalised world' inscribe in material environments social and
psychological borders. In this context Cyprus and its inherent division acts
as one of the frontiers to the EU. The aim of this workshop is to explore
such liminal spaces with a particular reference to Cyprus and the Middle

How are liminal spaces constructed and managed and how can one think them
from an interdisciplinary perspective?
What dictates the organization and management of these liminal spaces? What
facts on the ground challenge the actual negotiation of such "zones under
construction"? How do liminal spaces relate to a larger genre of boundaries
present in contemporary urban environments? How do continuous fragmentations
and reconnections in liminal zones shape contemporary urban societies?

This seminar proposes to engage in several roundtable discussions as
productive strategies and tactics encouraging engagement between publics
fragmented by the limit. We would like to explore the interdisciplinary
roles of visual culture and architecture as porous interfaces within such a

The seminar will take place within the Department of Architecture
(University of Cyprus) and the Goethe Institut Nicosia. It will bring
together scholars and practitioners from Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece,
Israel, Palestine, Turkey and the UK. "Liminal Zones" proposes the creation
of a research platform that will be continued in the future as a  model for
exchange and production of diverse methodologies.

angela melitopoulos
melitopoulos at gmail.com

Pelin Tan
Ph.D cand. / research assistant
Institute of Social Sciences
ITU Architecture Faculty, Taskisla
34437 - Istanbul
phone: +90 2122456631

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