This evening I met up with an old friend in Kreuzberg and we decided to walk up to Schinkel’s Prussian National Monument for the Liberation Wars in Viktoriapark. From the top we discussed how the view might have looked at the time of the monument’s inauguration in 1821 and I told my friend about Neil … More The Dead Come: The Transcultural Activ(ist) Remembrance of the Victims of Fortress Europe.
A few months ago I presented a paper at a conference on Empty Spaces at the Institute of Historical Research in which I framed one of London’s most famous disused Underground Stations, the Aldwych Station as a ‘networked ruin’ and, at least until recently, a ‘dormant place’. In doing so I built on Mattais Qviström’s … More Recalling the Cold War Dormancy of Berlin’s Networked Ghost-Stations 25 Years On
A couple of months back I found myself joking on Facebook about the impact my increasing professional workload was having on both my on- and off-line social life. Since then I have found myself constantly reminded about the merits and importance of being a ‘social scholar’ – by which, of course, I actually mean a … More The anti-social academic blogger ?