A seminar examining the changing nature of capital cities and the fluidity of their definitions, roles and representations in a globalised world.

Organised by the School of Architecture and the Built Environment’s Global Itineraries Research Cluster. Open to all, no booking required.


Professor Robert Maitland
Director, Centre for Tourism Research
Tourism and National Capitals in a Globalised World

By focusing on tourism representation, Professor Robert Maitland will look at how globalisation, territorial change and the rise of sub-state nationalisms have seen cities negotiating contested identities and developing new versions of national stories.

Dr Davide Deriu
Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture
Picturing Modern Ankara: New Turkey in Western Imagination

Dr Davide Deriu’s presentation will examine the transformation of Ankara into the political and symbolic centre of ‘New Turkey’ following the proclamation of the Turkish Republic in 1923. This provided an unexpected terrain of cross-cultural encounter between East and West.

Ben Stringer and Jane McAllister
Department of Architecture, University of Westminster and Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University
Guided by the lights in Palma and Magaluf

Ben Stringer and Jane McAllister will discuss the different modes of tourism and tourism representation developed for Palma, the capital of Majorca, and its neighbour, Magaluf.


Professor Peter Newman
Professor of Comparative Urban Planning

The evening will close with Professor Newman’s response and a question and answer session.

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