About the Programme
**Interface to Place: Remaking divisive lines into shared spaces**
Queen’s University Belfast and the Department of Justice – Interfaces Team cordially invite you to 'Interface to Place: Remaking Divisive Lines into Shared Spaces' Conference on 12th August 2019.
The conference brings together international scholars, practitioners and decision-makers to reignite debate on how contemporary cities could foster more communal modes of living. As such we wish to discuss how to engage with history and heritage to imagine the future; how post-conflict and peace processes can be supported by inclusive approaches to planning and urban stewardship; and how we can ensure that the knowledge produced by academics, practitioners and citizens can be shared to shape the future of our cities. The conference will give us the opportunity to reflect more closely on how such an understanding of cities as shared spaces could inform the process of removing all interface barriers in Belfast by 2023. We will ask how interface areas could become shared spaces and how these might look.
Confirmed speakers include:
- [Dr Patricia Lopes Simoes Aelbrecht (Cardiff University)](https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/475472-aelbrecht-patricia)
- [Dr Camila Cocina (UCL)](https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/development/people/camila-cocina)
- [Jeroen Beekmans (Pop-Up City)](https://popupcity.net)
- [Dr Mary Dellenbaugh-Losse (Urban Policy)](https://urban-policy.com)
- [Sophie Plitt (Wild Streets)](https://www.wildstreets.org)
The conference serves also as the opening event for a week-long Summer School starting on 13 August until 16 August 2019. Led by local and international urban scholars and practitioners, participants to the Summer School will have the opportunity to work on concrete plans to transform interface areas in Belfast.
The conference and summer school are free and there will be a limited number of bursaries covering the costs of accommodation on campus for summer school participants. To be considered for one of these bursaries, applicants should provide a 2 page CV and 500 word statement of motivation to firstname.lastname@example.org by 19th July 2019. These scholarships are available because of generous sponsorship from Department of Justice - Interfaces team and the QUB Culture and Society research cluster.
We look forward to welcoming you to Belfast!
Giulia & Neil
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