General presentation

Rebel Streets conference aims to shift the focus from a rather disempowering critical perspective towards urban art to one that stresses its aesthetical and political powers as a part of the urban social resistance. Participants investigate the hypothesis that the aesthetic reconfiguration of the neoliberal city does not only allow for a hegemonic restructuring of the urban environment, but it also facilitates the growth of counter-hegemonic resistance.

The conference is organized around the three areas of the conference theme:

1. Street art and everyday life in the city

2. Art and anti-gentrification resistance

3. Art and the urban social movements


Keynote Speakers:

  • Ilaria HOPPE (Art and Philosophy, Katholische Privat-Universität Linz)
  • Peter BENGTSEN (Art History and Sociology, Lund University)
  • Myrto TSILIMPOUNIDI (Geography, University of Aegean)
  • Julia RAMIREZ-BLANCO (Art History, Universitat de Barcelona)


   The final papers, to be considered for publication, (4500-5000 words) are expected to be submitted by May 1st, 2019


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