Paris Past and Present: Liquid Spaces, Contested Spaces – Wolfson Suite, IHR 19 April 2016

With the generous support of the Cities@SAS initiative, the University of London Institute in Paris is organizing an afternoon of Paris-related activities in the Wolfson Suite of the Institute of Historical Research on Tuesday 19 April.


12h30 pm: Screening

Dr Sue Harris presents Cédric Klapisch’s 1996 film Chacun cherche son chat

14h30-17h15pm: Symposium/Workshop

Chaired by Professor Keith Reader with short papers from Dr Isabel Hollis (Queen’s University Belfast), Dr Gillian Jein (Bangor), Dr Julia Waters (Reading) and Dr Boris Wiseman (Copenhagen).

The participants will discuss the changing and contested nature of Parisian space through approaches ranging from early photography in Haussmannian Paris to street art in the Magasins généraux of Pantin and the rue Nicolas-Appert in the 11th arrondissement, where the Charlie Hebdo offices were located, and how Franco-Mauritian writer, Bertrand de Robillard in L’Homme qui penche depicts the search for belonging in the French capital through the protagonist’s errances.

7517.15-17.45pm: Tea

18-20h  Launch event and reading by Anna-Louise Milne for her recent publication, 75, now available from Gallimard. Wine and discussion.

Researchers as well as undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to come for some or all of this event.

Attendance is free but please register by emailing Dr Claire Launchbury (

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