The UPA - Urban Photographers Association in association with Culturgest, the Institute of Art History (FCSH-UNL), Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths, University of London and Openvizor, are delighted to announce the third Cities of Light symposium. Taking the city of Lisbon as its reference, along with the cultural and social reverberations that, still today, echo from the earthquake of 1 November 1755 – an event that stimulated the imagination of philosophers and artists all around Europe. Beyond the Enlightenment: Seismic Shifts, Urban Imagery enjoys the participation of photographers, artists and thinkers linked to geography, history and other social sciences. Identity, post-colonialism, the circulation of images, people and cultures, the visibility and invisibility of immigrant populations in the urbanism and everyday life of the city, are the subjects that will be discussed throughout the day. In the evening, Hiwa K will give a keynote presentation: the artist invites us to join him on a journey that begins with his own artistic positioning, and through which he seeks to deconstruct the world around him, questioning the excessive burden that western models place on other cultural configurations.

10:30am–10:55am Opening remarks
Institutional presentations
Conceptual Introduction to the symposium
With: Carla de Utra Mendes (Urban Photographers Association)

Opening Panel: Critical Enlightenments in Dialogue
Moderator: Liliana Coutinho (Culturgest)

Ana Cristina Araújo (Centre of Society and Culture History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities - University of Coimbra)
The Earthquake of 1755 in the horizon of the Lights: To See and Think Catastrophe

Victor Jeleniewski Seidler (Urban Photographers Association, Goldsmiths College - University of London)
Lisbon City of Light - in the light of the Lisbon Earthquake. Shattering Foundations and Invisible Futures: Critical Enlightenments and Re-visioning Europe

12:30pm–2pm Lunch break

Panel 2: Photographic epistemologies: past and future (in)visibilities
Moderator: Susana S. Martins (Institute of Art History of FCSH - University Nova of Lisbon)

Susana de Sousa Dias (Centre of Studies and Investigation in Fine Arts (CIEBA) of Faculty of Fine Arts - University of Lisbon)
Title to be announced

David Kendall (Urban Photographers Association, Centre of Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths - University of London)
Disappearing into Night

Kiluanji Kia Henda (artist)
A brief reflection on the projects “A city called Mirage” and “Concrete Affection – Zopo Lady”

Paul Halliday (Urban Photographers Association, Centre of Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths - University of London)
Erasures (Rasuras)

3:50pm–4:10pm Coffee break

Panel 3: Urban Photography, agency and change 
Moderator: Ana Balona de Oliveira (Institute of Art History of FCSH - University Nova of Lisbon)

Mónica de Miranda (artist, Centre of Comparative Studies - University of Lisbon)
Screening the film Military Road

Stefano Carnelli (Urban Photographers Association, Urbiquity)
Informal territories. Case studies: Lisbon and Milan

Álvaro Domingues (Faculty of Architecture - University of Oporto)
What are we talking about when we talk about urbanisation?

António Brito Guterres (Dinâmia’Cet - Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)
Beyond Fiction: a possible narrative of Lisbon

6pm–6:30pm Interval

keynote speaker
Hiwa K. “… from that moment on, I started an affair with reality”
Moderator: Delfim Sardo (Culturgest)

For further information
Keynote Presentation:

Symposium Curators: Carla de Utra Mendes (UPA), Susana S. Martins (IHA/FCSH-NOVA)

Scientific Committee: Carla de Utra Mendes (UPA Writing Fellow), Victor Jeleniewski Seidler (Goldsmiths, University of London/UPA Writing Fellow), Stefano Carnelli (UPA Director of Exhibitions), Susana S. Martins (IHA/FCSH-NOVA), Raquel Henriques da Silva (IHA/FCSH-NOVA)

Institutional Partners: Urban Photographers Association, Culturgest, Centre for Community and Urban Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths University of London, Institute of Art History of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences -Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and Openvizor

With kind support from GERTAL

Keynote Presentation:

#CitiesofLight is a series of symposia organised by the UPA - The Urban Photographers Association taking place in European cities in 2018/19. Partners include: The Sorbonne, Paris, Centre for Community and Urban Research (CUCR), Goldsmiths, University of London, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Culturgest, Lisbon, Institute of Art History of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, and Openvizor.

UPA – Urban photographers Association