The Global Financial Crisis and the City: Narratives, Myth and the Urban Imaginary

PhD project, Miriam Meissner (2011-15)

This project is about the narrativization of the late 2000s financial crisis in different media (film, literature and journalistic photography). In particular, the project explores the role of cities and urban aesthetics in narratives of the global financial crisis. It focuses on the question how the cultural, political and functional/technological dynamics of contemporary financial trading  are articulated in relation to urban places, imaginaries and forms of perception. The concept of myth is used as an analytical tool referring to the structural and stylistic qualities, and the ideological implications of  financial crisis narratives.