Researchers from the IGP-led research collaboration, the RELIEF Centre, contribute to this year’s City Debates 2019 conference about displacement and reconstruction in urban environments, run by the American University of Beirut.
In a city in which noise can often be all-encompassing, how can we find ways to listen to things that are hidden, stories that are unheard, and forms of life at risk of disappearing?
Acoustic Cities: Beirut-London is a collection of works artists and scholars from Lebanon and the UK. It is a collaboration between: Institute for Global Prosperity, UCL; the RELIEF Centre; Recomposing the City; Theatrum Mundi; and Optophono.
Artists and scholars from Lebanon and the UK are being invited to create audio works that sound out the spatial traces of memories, cultures, and bodies ingrained into the physical fabric of their cities. A digital collection will be exhibited.
Lebanon has the highest number of refugees per capita in the world. Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, this session will bring together members of UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity and the RELIEF Centre to discuss the role of the arts in situations of mass displacement. We will see and hear poetry, documentary excerpts, photography, as well as a contribution to last year’s Venice Biennale. This will prompt a conversation around media and humanitarian representations of refuge and displacement, and how artistic expressions cn open up new avenues of self-representation, research, and advocacy.
This event is a collaboration between the RELIEF Centre and Fast Forward 2030. The RELIEF Centre is a transdisciplinary research collaboration that explores how to build a prosperous and inclusive future for communities affected by mass displacement. The RELIEF Centre's work focusses on Lebanon, where over 25% of the population are refugees. We're hosting Innovation on the Move to explore the role entrepreneurs can play in improving standard of living in this context.
We would like to call a roundtable discussion so you can help us shape Fast Forward 2030 in Lebanon. Our aims are:
To hear from entrepreneurs who are already building businesses with positive environmental and social impact
To learn from Lebanon-based entrepreneurs about how we can make this initiative as useful as possible
To learn about other initiatives we can collaborate with
We will also have a short discussion about the SDGs in Lebanon, and the role entrepreneurship can play in achieving them.