The CityLAB summer schools traditionally concludes with a debate, in which the speakers' different perspectives come together.
Debating city aesthetics & citizenship
Prof Bart Keunen
Professor in Comparative Literature. He published articles on topics concerning urban studies, genre criticism, literary historiography and literary sociology in international journals and books.
Prof Rob Shields
University of Alberta
Henry Marshall Tory Endowed Research Chair and Professor of Sociology, City-Region Studies Centre, Faculty of Extension.
Founder and Co-Editor, Space and Culture en Curb Planning Magazine.
And the CityLAB VI academic organisation:
Prof Bart Eeckhout
Director of the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA). His research topics are threefold: the American modernist poet Wallace Stevens, interdisciplinary LGBTI/queer studies, and interdisciplinary urban studies - including the correlation between literature and architecture.
Prof Pascal Gielen
Professor cultural sociology at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA). He received the Odysseus Grant for his research about the conditions of sustainable creative labour in different urban contexts, for which he instituted the interdisciplinairy Culture Commons Quest Office.
Dr Nele Wynants
Postdoctoral researcher in the THEA Joint Research Group (ULB) and the Research Centre for Visual Poetics (UAntwerp). She is involved in the European research projects on the magic lantern.