Global Cities and Theories of Interruption

International workshop at the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, in collaboration with the Amsterdam Center for Globalization Studies, May 9-10, 2013


Bringing together perspectives from across the humanities and social sciences, this international workshop will explore how recent practices of visual culture interrupt and dislodge the narratives of mobility, speed, and growth which have overwhelmingly determined our understanding of global cities to date.


  • Hugh Campbell (University College Dublin): “Camera in Camera: Photographing the Urban Room”
  • Tim Cresswell (Royal Holloway, University of London): “Theorising Friction in a Mobile World”
  • Jeroen de Kloet (University of Amsterdam): “Destruction, Demolition and Disappearance, or, Getting Lost in Beijing”
  • Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (University of New South Wales): “The Authentic Break: Photography, Cinema, and War in the City”
  • Shirley Jordan (Queen Mary, University of London): “Rethinking Interruption: City Photography and the Post-Photographic”
  • Christoph Lindner (University of Amsterdam): “Aesthetics of Interruption”
  • Bill Marshall (University of London): “Parkour and the Stilled Image”
  • Ginette Verstraete (VU University Amsterdam): “Mobiles in Urban Space”
  • Richard J. Williams (University of Edinburgh): “Drop City Blues: Occupy and Architectural Interruption”


Workshop Program

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