Poster Qu Lei

 Azadeh Mashayekhi and Nurul Azlan presented their PhD reserach on Tuesday 27 JANUARY at a SPS Seminar.

Below, the abstracts of the presentations:

_DSC0976Azadeh Mashayekhi

Dreaming of American City: 

Iranian consumer project of modernity


All through twentieth century Iranian cities have undergone processes of modernization in successive political regimes that have left their traces in the physical and social form of the city.  This paper uses particular national development plans in Iran during the Cold War to launch a central argument about how Tehran’s urban form and social structure shaped within a range of different kinds of interactions and connections with different kinds of places and policies.  This study presents a framework to analyse the transformation of the changing socio-spatial form of Tehran focusing on the post WWII until the Islamic Revolution period (1946-1979). Ultimately this paper seeks to excavate the ways in which number of urban plans and interventions supported by specific visions produced particular kind of city while at the same time produce particular form of urban society.

Nurul Azlan Nurul

Seditious Spaces: Dissent in Postcolonial Kuala Lumpur


This presentation dissects the impact of post colonial legal legacies on the spaces of dissent in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur was founded as a mining town during the British colonial period, and due to its economic success, the British had moved their administrative centre to Kuala Lumpur due to their ‘flag follows trade’ colonial policy. Apart from the urban spaces, the British had also left a suit of laws and regulations as part of their colonial legacy. These legacies have provided both the spaces for dissent and the tools to shut them. This presentation is a reflection of the fieldwork that was conducted late last year, when the Sedition Act was wielded with abandon.

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