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Book launch for 'Locating Urban Conflicts: Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Everyday' on 22nd October

Palgrave MacMillan and The Centre for Urban Conflict Research invite you to celebrate the publication of:

Locating Urban Conflicts: Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Everyday
Edited by Wendy Pullan and Britt Baillie

Tuesday 22 October 6:30p.m
Heffers Bookshop
20 Trinity Street
Cambridge CB2 1TY

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Any queries can be directed to: Abigail James Email:

The book will be available at 50% off on the night of the launch.

Wendy Pullan is Director of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies and Principal Investigator on 'Conflict in Cities and the Contested State', University of Cambridge, UK. She is co-author of The Struggle for Jerusalem's Holy Places.

Britt Baillie is a Research Associate on 'Conflict in Cities and the Contested State', University of Cambridge, UK.

About the book
Cities have emerged as the epicentres for many of today's ethno-national and religious conflicts. In multidisciplinary essays, Locating Urban Conflicts: Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Everyday brings together key themes that dominate our current political, social and cultural attention: emerging areas of contestation in rapidly changing and modernising cities; the resulting forms of habitation and spatial practice; and the effects of extreme and/or enduring conflicts upon ordinary civilian life. Such problems may be generated by larger state and regional issues regarding national identity, borders and territory, but in all cases, everyday life is regularly affected, with strong consequences for the urban arena. Themes on Spatial Horizons, Reassessing Divisions, and Being Modern, cross-cut the research on cities in Europe and the Middle East, identifying common concerns against which the examples in this volume can be considered. Together the chapters reveal critical issues affecting ethno-national conflict in cities today. More information about the book can be found here:


  1. Introduction; Wendy Pullan and Britt Baillie
  2. Spatial Discontinuities: Conflict Infrastructures in Contested Cities; Wendy Pullan
  3. Violence and Urban Architecture: Events at the Ensemble of the Odessa Steps in 1904-5; Caroline Humphrey
  4. Borderlands of the EU: The Spanish Enclave of Ceuta in Morocco; Felipe Hernandez and Maximilian Sternberg
  5. Security and the Holy Places of Jerusalem: The 'Hebronisation' of the Old City and Adjacent Areas; Michael Dumper
  6. Speaking in the Silence: Youthful Negotiations of Beirut's Postwar Spaces and Memories; Craig Larkin
  7. Memorialising the 'Martyred City': Negotiating Vukovar's Wartime Past; Britt Baillie
  8. Joint Israeli-Palestinian Political Activity in Jerusalem: Characteristics and Challenges; Hillel Cohen
  9. How do Israeli (Jewish) Protest Groups Envision a Political Solution to the Jerusalem Question?; Amneh Badran
  10. Urban Planning and the Remaking of the Public Sphere in Ottoman Palestine; Salim Tamari
  11. Imperial Ethnocracy and Demography: Foundations of Ethno-National Conflict in Belfast and Jerusalem; James Anderson
  12. Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache: Reflections on the Ordinary Spaces of Division and Unification in Berlin; Allan Cochrane
  13. Territorialities of Capital and Place in 'Post-Conflict' Belfast; Milena Komarova and Liam O'Dowd

With maps and illustrations by Lefkos Kyriacou.