Claim, Occupy, Create:

Aesthetics and Politics of Urban Citizenship

The New Met is organising a symposium about urban citizenship in Europe Edinburgh, 17 June 2016.

Opening Event

The symposium begins with an opening event at WordPower books in the form of a public discussion titled: The Future of the Unions: the Power of Citizens and the UK-EU Referendum. 

The opening event at Word Power Books, 43-45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, 6-8pm, 16 June 2016 has the participation of Jo Shaw (Edinburgh Law School), Igor Stiks (Edinburgh College of Art), Pietro Saitta (University of Messina), Penny Travlou (Edinburgh College of Art), Peter Vermeersch (KU Leuven), Camille Louis (University of Paris 8 /, Maria Kakogianni (University of Paris 8), and Niccolo Milanese (European Alternatives).

Programme of the Symposium, 17 June 2016

Venue: The Institute of the Advanced Studies in the Humanities, 1-5 Hope Park Square, Edinburgh


Registration, Coffee

9.30—11.00 Panel 1: Urban Citizenship and its Aesthetics

Igor Stiks (Edinburgh College of Art): Spaces

of Emancipation: Activist Aesthetics and Urban Citizenship

Jo Shaw (Edinburgh School of Law / IASH):

Multi-level Citizenship: the Return of Cities?

Tahl Kaminer (ECA): Aesthetics, Politics, City


Chair: Stacey Hunter (The New Metropolitan)

11.00 – 11.15


11.15 – 12.45 Panel 2: Activist Urbanism: Redefining the City and Ourselves

Giota Alevizou (Open University): Creative placemaking: claiming and performing rights between urban and digital space

Pietro Saitta (University of Messina): Aesthetics or Politics? Occupations, Class and Politics in the South of Italy (A Report from Messina)

Penny Travlou (ECA): Refugees and Citizens: Activist Hospitality in Athens

Chair: Niccolo Milanese (Ecole des hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris / European Alternatives)

12.45 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 – 3.00 Panel 3: People and Places: What Comes First?

Richard Williams (ECA): Urban citizenship in Amsterdam’s Broedplaatsen

Peter Vermeersch (KU Leuven): What is Brussels?

Harry Weeks (IASH): Half-baked? Contemporary Art and Urban Regeneration in Liverpool

James Riding (University of Sheffield): An Attempt: Exhausting a Place in Sarajevo

Chair: Camille Louis (University of Paris 8)

3.00 – 3.30 Coffee

3.30 – 5.00 Panel 4: Oblique Cities: Scenes, Maps, Narratives

A joint presentation

Camille Louis (University of Paris 8),

Niccolo Milanese (EHESS, Paris / EA),

Maria Kakogianni (University of Paris 8) and

Igor Stiks (ECA)


5.00 – 5.30 Conclusion and Future Collaboration

 Supported by The Leverhulme Trust

In cooperation with the Institute of the Advanced Studies in the Humanities and The New Metropolitan

Convener: Dr Igor Stiks, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Edinburgh College of Art, contact: