Conference Speakers and Authors

Dan Dubowitz

Dan Dubowitz is Reader in Architecture at Manchester School of Architecture where he is director of Atelier FLUX, which investigates how architecture and urbanism can activate a state of change. He is founder and director of Civic Works Ltd, a multi-disciplinary design practice for city-making. From 1997–2015, he developed 9 city-scale Cultural Masterplans for post-industrial areas in decline in 5 city-regions across the UK from Glasgow (Gorbals), and Manchester (Ancoats) to London (Nine Elms). He is a UK Research institute (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Innovation Scholar to Investigate Cultural Masterplanning: New Methods for Developer-led Urban Regeneration (2023-2026). His monographs include Citizen Manchester (2014) and The Peeps (2011) on the transformation of Manchester, ‘Wastelands’ (2009) on post-industrial cities around the world, and ‘Fascismo Abbandonato’ (2010), investigating the Children’s holiday camps of Mussolini’s Italy. His forthcoming books are ‘Instruments of Perpetual revolution: The Life and Works of Stefan Sebök’ (2024) and ‘Megalomania: Delusions of Grandeur in City Making’ (2026).

Lieven Ameel

Lieven Ameel is a senior lecturer in comparative literature at Tampere University, Finland. In his research, he focuses on urban futures across textual genres, uncertain ontologies in 21st century literature, narrated experiences of space, rhetorical structures in urban planning, place names in literature, representations of shorelines, and parkour, among others. His research areas include American literature of the long 20th century, Finnish and Nordic literature, as well as the literature of the Low Countries (Netherlands & Belgium). Much of his work involves cross-reading different textual genres, from the Bildungsroman to urban planning documents, from the graphic novel or epic poetry to policy visions. His most recent book is The Narrative Turn in Urban Planning: Plotting the Helsinki Waterfront (Routledge 2020). He is the editor of the Routledge Companion to Literary Urban Studies.

Daniela Zupan

Daniela Zupan is Junior Professor of European Cities and Urban Heritage at the Institute for European Urban Studies, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Before joining Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, where she explored urban development processes in contemporary authoritarian contexts. From 2016-2018 Daniela was involved in a research project at RWTH Aachen on urban conflicts in Germany, Russia and Ukraine, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. She is currently co-editing the series Interdisciplinary Housing Research for Transcript. Her publications include Leitbildwechsel. Dynamiken und Charakteristika städtebaulicher Innovationsprozesse Paradigm Shifts. Patterns and dynamics of innovation processes in urban planning and design. She is the director of the Institute for European Urban Studies.

Suzanne Lacy

Suzanne Lacy is a pioneer of socially engaged public performance art. Her installations, videos, and performances deal with sexual violence, rural and urban poverty, incarceration, labor, and aging. Lacy’s large-scale projects span the globe, including England, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Ireland, and the US.
In 2019, she had a career retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and an important installation of her videos in 2021 at The Whitworth in Manchester. Her work has been reviewed in Frieze MagazineArtforumLA TimesNew York TimesArt in AmericaHyper-Allergic and The Guardian. She has exhibited at Tate Modern, The Museum of Contemporary Art LA, the Whitney Museum, Queens Museum, The Contemporary Art Center of Andalusia, the Bilbao Museum, and Reina Sofia Museum.
Also known for her writing, Lacy edited Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art and is author of Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974–2007.  She is currently working on What Kind of City, a book with Alistair Hudson.  She is a professor at the Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California and a resident artist at 18th Street Arts Center. 

Barbara Holub

Barbara Holub was President of the Vienna Secession from 2006 until 2007. She has been a member of the Advisory Board of Art & the Public Sphere Journal since 2010, of the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, New York, since 2013 and a member of the jury of the Innovation Fund for Culture in Public Space, Stuttgart, since 2018 external examiner for Situated Practice at the Bartlett School of Architecture/UCL, London (2018–2022), and led the artistic research project “Planning Unplanned” at Vienna University of Technology (2010–2013). She is a member of the editorial board of the urban research journal dérive, Vienna (since 2002), and partner of the EU project SPACEX—Spatial Practices in Art and Architecture for Empathetic Exchange (2022–2025).
Since 1997 Barbara Holub has been teaching at various universities including the UIC/School of Art and Design, Chicago, Vienna University of Technology/Institute of Art and Design. She was a visiting professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where she is currently a senior lecturer.
Barbara Holub was awarded the research prize of the Austrian Chamber of Architects in 2022. Other awards include the Austrian National Art Award (2018), the Otto Wagner Prize for Urban Design (2007), the Schindler Grant of the MAK Centre for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (2004), and the Outstanding Artist Award for Artistic Photography of the Austrian Federal Chancellery (1999).

Shamshad Khan

Shamshad Khan is a poet, resilience and success coach. She works with individuals and organisations using writing and coaching techniques to uplift, inspire and empower. She is appointed resilience coach for the Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poets’ Prize Winners. Her poetry collection “Megalomaniac”, published by Salt was studied on the Lancaster University English Literature degree course. Her poem “Pot” is currently on the English GCSE syllabus. Shamshad has collaborated and performed with dancers, musicians and beatboxers. She is co-writer/director of the multi-media show “The Moonwatcher”.

Anthony Rowland

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Anthony Rowland is a poet and academic, currently working as the professor of Modern and contemporary poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. His poetry has been published extensively in journals, magazines and anthologies including Critical Quarterly, Stand, P.N. Review, New Poetries III (Carcanet, 2002), and the Bloodaxe anthology Identity Parade (2010). He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2000, and a Learning Northwest Award in 2001. His first collection, The Land of Green Ginger, published by Salt in 2008, was well-received, with reviewers drawing comparisons with the work of poets as disparate as John Ashbery and Ezra Pound. Rowland’s writing is at the forefront of a developing strand of contemporary British poetry, which connects the established mainstream with the avant-garde, without either diluting the seriousness of the latter’s engagement with language, or failing to startle, amuse and intrigue through his imaginative flair – often realised through the form of monologue.