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Interdisciplinary Conference

Streets Ahead: Post-Pandemic Civic Spaces:


09 Sep 2022 / 10 Sep 2022 TU Dublin & The LAB, Dublin

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The Irish Humanities Alliance (IHA), in collaboration with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) and The LAB, is delighted to present Streets Ahead: Post-Pandemic Civic Spaces. Today, as we plan for post-pandemic landscapes, with greater awareness and appreciation of the outdoors, the open-air spaces of our common world have renewed significance. Public places now need to function more effectively as truly shared spaces. Presenting current research from the fields of design, visual and material culture, public history, cultural history, architecture, urban planning, sonic studies, public art and heritage studies, this conference attempts to provide a critical lens through which to focus this newly enhanced attention. The conference will take place in hybrid form on 9-10 September 2022 in Dublin, at TU Dublin, Grangegorman, and The LAB, Foley Street (complying with government guidelines in September 2022).

Keynote Speakers Include: Ali Grehan, Dublin City Council: Duane Jethro, University of Cape Town; Eleanor Herring, Glasgow School of Art; Christoph Lindner, University College London; Ellen Rowley, University College Dublin.


Draft Schedule – Subject to updates

Friday 9th September

Morning, 9.30-13.00: TU Dublin, East Quad, City Campus, Grangegorman, Dublin 7

Keynote Conversation One: Alternative Futures for the Public Realm

Parallel Panels

Panel One:Sensory Streets

Panel Two: Occupying the Alleys



Afternoon, 14.30-17.00: The LAB Gallery, Foley Street, Dublin 1

Participants will have an opportunity to take part in a walking tour and a set of visual thinking workshops.



Saturday 10th September,

TU Dublin, City Campus, Grangegorman

Keynote Conversation Two: “Contested History in Civic Spaces”

Parallel Panels

Panel Three: Making Memory in Civic Space

Panel Four: Rethinking Public Parks

12.45-13.30 Lunch (provided on site)


Afternoon, 14.30-17.00: TU Dublin, East Quad, City Campus, Grangegorman

Keynote Conversation Three

Parallel Panels:

Panel Five: Digital Placemaking

Panel Six: Community and the Commons 

 The event is free but registration on eventbrite is essential.






09 Sep 2022 / 10 Sep 2022 TU Dublin & The LAB, Dublin