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New collaboration project on urban creativity

Senior lecturer in Sociology Erik Hannerz will co-coordinate a Pufendorf-project about urban creativity together with Peter Bengtsen at the Division of Art History and Visual Studies.

It was recently announced that the 2018-2019 thematic projects at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies at Lund University will include a project focused on urban creativity.

Urban creativity is an umbrella term referring to activities within, or in direct relation to, the city. Examples of urban creativity include, but are not limited to, street art, graffiti, urban foraging (dumpster diving), parkour, skateboarding and guerrilla gardening. An important characteristic of situated urban creative practices is that they push legal, moral and cultural boundaries by intervening and exploring alternative ways of using and understanding the city.

The theme project will explore a number of topics, including the publicness of urban public space, urban creativity as a vehicle for urban regeneration and gentrification, and the internet and social media as distribution channels for expressions of urban creativity.

The project will run for eight months, from October 2018 to May 2019, and bring together eight main researchers, six of which are based at four different faculties at Lund University.

The project was initiated by Peter Bengtsen (Division of Art History and Visual Studies, Lund University) and Erik Hannerz (Department of Sociology, Lund University), who will also act as coordinators.