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Full Title: Interdisciplinary Symposion › The Declarative City ‹ Urban Communication as Place Making

      
Short Title: USRN - Bremen Heidelberg
Location: Bremen, Germany
Start Date: 10-Oct-2013 - 12-Oct-2013
Contact: Prof. Dr. Ingo Hans Warnke
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.usrn.de
Meeting Description: The symposium concerns itself with questions regarding the functions of symbolic representations of the city. Cities as urban spaces can be understood not only as heterogeneously populated multidimensional structures, but also as functions of symbolic beliefs, judgments, conceptions, and desires. More generally, urban spaces are the end or effect of all representations connected with the city. This raises questions as to which ends these urban representations pursue and what effects they evoke in the process.

The symposium wishes to address these ends and effects of urban representation from an interdisciplinary perspective. Even early pragmatic theories have pointed out that signs - such as linguistic signs in propositions - do not simply represent the world, pointing to some extra-linguistic reality; they are also a form of action.

The title of this symposium - The Declarative City - ties in with this view of language. The symposium investigates the ways in which signs not only refer to the world, but also serve as instruments to create worlds.

Texts about the city, films, images, dialects, urban image campaigns, signs, graffiti, street-art, city-planning, and countless other phenomena of this kind are not only shaped by conceptions of urbanity, they also create urbanity in their realization, whether this effect is intentional or not. Acts of communication in and about cities turn abstract spaces into places that can be identified and stored in memory. This declarative act of place-making lies at the core of this symposium.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.711


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