I'll be speaking about my research on space and mobility in French imperial Beirut, and connecting this to today's politics of public space and transport.
Taking up an urgent question in light of the relationship between cars and other modes of mobility, this event will put historians and other experts in urbanism in conversation with auto-industry marketing expert Tom Flood.
Participants including Danni Ebanks-Ingram (Civic Square), Simon Jackson (University of Birmingham), Daisy Narayanan (Edinburgh City Council), Rachel Lee (Living Streets) will reflect on the question of who public space is for and offer possible answers for 10 minutes each, before we open the discussion to include comments and questions from the audience.
Like the 2021 BRIHC-sponsored public panel on “The Crisis of Car Culture in 21st Century Birmingham,” this event aims to be in dialogue with a broad public audience beyond the university. This event has been organised by the Centre for the Study of North America (CSNA) and the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures (BRIHC).