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Our Facebook page aims to keep abreast of CAMOC activities and to collaborate with other members.  We also have up to date news items from across the world about our artefact, the city, and about city museums and relevant conferences or seminars about cities and urban life.   Our entry is edited by Geĝe Leme Joseph, Brazil   



Some themes:



James Joyce in Dublin - the great flâneur, the stroller, the observer of life in city streets in his native city, then in Trieste and Paris. Baudelaire was another great flâneur - La rue assourdissant autour de moi hurlait...Walter many writers.  You are the flâneur, or the flâneuse? So. you walk along a back street or an alleyway, you observe, you reflect. 

This is one text: The Flâneur - a collection of essays edited by Keith Tester, Routledge, London 1994

*City streets are one of the many aspects of the city which CAMOC explores.  



In Tongli, China.   Tongli is one of the old silk towns in the Yangtze basin.  The silk industry declined and so did the town.  One of our keynote speakers at our Shanghai conference was Professor Ruan Yisan who is dedicated to recording and safeguarding Chinese historic towns and cities. He was responsible for bringing Tongli back to life and giving it a new purpose as a thriving tourist centre and saving its ancient water system.  

City museums record cities as they develop and change: their past, their present and their future prospects.



The past was the future once.

If we were condemned to live without memory, we would be living in an endless present with no trace of the past.  Life would be unbearable.

There has hardly been a conference where we have not discussed memory, the city's past, in one form or another: tracing the development of our city in the city museum; ways of interpreting the past; the connections between the city's past, present and future; the delights and dangers of nostalgia; and the theme for our conference in Mexico City, contested histories, or to put it another way - you tell me your truth and I'll tell you mine.




Seoul 2008


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