Urban landscapes, power relations, and social ideologies: A critical toponymy of Hong Kong

By Katherine Li This post summarises the underlying rationale of my dissertation, which explores the interaction among urban landscapes, power relations, and social ideologies. Using a toponymic approach, the research focuses on Hong Kong as a case study and critically examine how the names and naming of streets reflect the power struggle of two politicalContinue reading “Urban landscapes, power relations, and social ideologies: A critical toponymy of Hong Kong”

Screens – Waking a presence in Bristol’s concrete underbelly

By Jethro Brice Screens, by artist Dani Landau, is a pop-up installation which recently featured in a contested public space in Bristol. The work explores themes of urban renewal through the affective, material dimensions of processes of construction and deconstruction. The installation mobilises tensions between the virtual and the actual, and speaks to an interestContinue reading “Screens – Waking a presence in Bristol’s concrete underbelly”

Mundane Places: Motorway Service Stations

By Catherine Midwood This piece takes a look at the cultural history of motorway service stations in Britain. My background is in cultural studies – I studied International Media and Communications at the University of Nottingham. I gained an interest in geography by reading about everyday life and mundane places. My undergraduate dissertation was focusedContinue reading “Mundane Places: Motorway Service Stations”