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"Urban Representation in Popular Media
of Western Europe and China"

Conference May 24-25, 2024
University of Cologne
(Part of the project "Open universities", sponsored by Rheinenergie-Stiftung)

For the schedule of the conference, please click here

Since the 1970s, urbanscapes in the world have experienced significant changes brought on by neo-liberalism and globalization. The impact of these has also been significantly inflected by the technological revolutions of the digital age. Many writers, filmmakers, and artists have paid attention to the critical social issues brought by the changes, including mass migration, wealth disparity, environmental crisis, as well as data privacy and security concerns in urban space. Changes in urbanscapes around the world have been reflected, represented, and reconciled in the popular media culture, especially in the past few years of shifting geopolitics and the global public health crisis. More and more, cities are being transformed into spaces that encapsulate collective memory and trauma, sites for resistance and defiance. Once social backdrops for art, urbanscapes are increasingly the foreground for cultural productions.


Prof. Dr. Chris Berry (King‘s college, London)
Prof. Dr. Yomi Braester (University of Washington)
Prof. Dr. Victor Fan (King’s college, London)
Fu Ruoyu (University of Cologne)
Prof. Dr. Margaret Hillenbrand (University of Oxford)
Prof. Dr. Huang Xuelei (The University of Edinburgh)
Prof. Dr. Jin Haina (Communication University of China)
Dr. Li Yongli (Universität Düsseldorf)
Anja Rommel (Universität zu Köln)
Prof. Dr. Karl Sierek (Universität Jena)
Dr. Clemens von Haselberg (Universität zu Köln)
Zhang Jinfeng (Universität zu Köln)
Dr. Zhang, Tao (Universität Heidelberg)
Prof. Dr. Zhang, Ying (Guangzhou University)
Prof. Dr. Zhong, Dafeng (Beijing Film academy)