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City and Society: The Care of the Self

  • Li Shiqiao
Wednesday 18 May 2016 - Thursday 19 May 2016

A comparative examination of Eastern and Western practices from Confucius to Foucault and beyond

Eighth annual seminar organised by IIAS and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). Taking the built environment of Asia (East, Southeast, South) and/or the West as the point of departure, 'City and Society: The Care of the Self’ is intended to be a bottom-up multidisciplinary research endeavour with contributions from such diverse fields as architecture, urbanism, geography, history, area studies, religious studies, social science and anthropology. During the seminar, the participant will present their papers, from which a selection will be gathered into a peer-reviewed publication. What informs the thinking behind this project is the understanding that cities are not merely buildings and the spaces formed between them; cities are people and their networks of interaction. Cities are the product of human endeavour and as such are one of mankind’s greatest achievements. Once built they form the generations growing up within them, who in their turn alter the built environment to meet their new needs, thereby altering the environment for the next generation, and so on. A healthy city should enjoy a symbiotic evolutionary relationship with those who inhabit it; a healthy city should embrace change. How best to achieve this change, and make it beneficial, can best be determined by proper examination of the elements that go into the making of a city, and the society that inhabits it. Registration (required) Please register via the webform provided at the IIAS website (see more information) if you woulod like


18 May: Gravensteen, Pieterskerkhof 6, Leiden
19 May: Pavilion, Museum of Ethnology (Museum Volkenkunde), Steenstraat 1, Leiden

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