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Working Title: The Production of Social Memory in the Landscapes of London and Berlin’s Buried Transport Infrastructure.
Investigating social memory in the physical, representational and experiential landscapes of the London Underground and Berlin UBahn.
Commenced Oct 2010
Expected Completion July 2014
Disused Transport Infrastructure: Interdisciplinary & Pan-European Perspectives (July 2013)
Moving to Berlin Again! (May 2013)
Moving to Berlin (May 2013)
Under London By Rail: Memory, the Archive and Heritage (April 2013)
Going Underground (January 2013)
Landscape Fährt in the Berlin UBahn (August 2012)
Intra-Urban Mass Transit in and under New York (March 2012)
Student Executive Committee member of T2M International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility
Associate Fellow with the Centre of Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin, Germany
Team member of the Mobility and Space Research Group at the Zentrum Technik und Gesellschaft, TU Berlin, Germany
Organising committee member of Stadtkolloquium, Urban Lab, UCL, UK
Oct 2013 - July 2014:
DAAD One-Year Research Grant for PhD Students
Oct 2011 - March 2012:
University College Graduate School Evening Language Course and Academic Reading Course Funding
Oct 2010 - Sept 2011:
University College Graduate School Evening Language Course Funding
Oct 2010 - Nov 2013:
University College London Graduate School Research Scholarship
Oct 2007 - Nov 2009:
The Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship
López-Galviz, C and Merrill, S. (Eds) (2013 Forthcoming) Going Underground: new perspectives, London: London Transport Museum
Merrill, S. (2013 Forthcoming) The London Underground Diagram: Between Palimpsest and Canon, The London Journal, Vol 38 (3)
Merrill, S. & Hack, H. (2013) Exploring Hidden Narratives: Conscript Graffiti at the Former Military Base ‘Kummersdorf’, Journal of Social Archaeology, 13 (1), pp. 101-121
Merrill, S. (2012) Looking Forward to the Past: London Underground’s 150th Anniversary, Journal of Transport History, Vol 33 (2), pp. 243-252
Merrill, S.O.C. (2012) World Heritage, Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals: From Sites to Systems, in André de Rocha, A. (ed) World Heritage Today: Challenges for Interpretation, Conservation and Development. Verlag Dr.Köster: Berlin, pp. 161-183
Merrill, S.O.C . (2011) 'Graffiti at Heritage Places: Vandalism as Cultural Significance or Conservation Sacrilege?'. Time and Mind 4 (1): pp. 59-75
Pant, S. & Merrill, S. (2011) World Heritage for Tomorrow in Schmidt, L., Pant, S., & Türk, H. (eds) Forschen, Bauen & Erhalten Jahrbuch 2010/2011. Westkreuz-Verlag Gmbh: Berlin/Bonn. pp. 110-113
Merrill, S. (2009) ‘Review of Ancient Hampi’. History Australia 6 (3): pp. 80.1-80.2
Merrill, S. (2013) Kein Vergeben! Kein Vergessen! The Grassroots Remembrance of Silvio Meier at UBahnhof Samariterstrasse, presented the Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine Postgraduate Seminar, Imperial College London, UK, 16th May 2013.
Merrill, S. (2013) Berlin: Active Remembrance in A Melancholic City, presented presented at the AAG (Association of American Geographers) Annual Conference 2013, Los Angeles, USA, 9th-13th April 2013.
Merrill, S. (2013) Kein Vergeben! Kein Vergessen! The Active Remembrance of Silvio Meier at UBahnhof Samariterstrasse, presented at the Centre of Metropolitan Studies, TU-Berlin, International Graduate College Colloquium, Berlin, Germany 7th February 2013.
Merrill, S. (2013) The London Underground's Commemorative Genealogy and Counter-Pasts, Presented at Going Underground: Travel Beneath the Metropolis 1863-2013, Institute of Historical Research, London, UK 17th - 18th January 2013.
Merrill, S. (2012) Excavating buried memories: the Second World War and the landscapes of the London Underground and Berlin UBahn, presented at Landscapes of War, Commemoration Strategies and Heritage Management, Academia Belgica, Rome, Italy 24th-26th September 2012.
Merrill, S. (2012) Sensory Overload: Subterranean Mnemonic Phenomenology, presented at Stadtkolloquium 2012, University College London Urban Laboratory, UK 26th-27th March 2012.
Merrill, S. (2012)Transit Maps and Diagrams: Mnemonic Technologies and Landscapes, presented at the AAG (Association of American Geographers) Annual Conference 2012, New York, USA, 24th-28th February 2012.
Merrill, S. (2011) Excavating buried memories, tracing difficult pasts in the landscape of the London Underground, presented at T2M (International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility)Annual Conference, Transport and Mobility on Display,Deutshces Technikmuseum Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 6th-9th October 2011.
Merrill, S. (2011) Authenticity and Sub-Cultural Urban Heritage: Problems of Transience, Illegality and Commercialisation When Protecting Graffiti, presented at TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group) USA: Archaeology of and in the Contemporary World, University of California, Berkeley, USA 6th-8th May 2011.
Merrill, S. (2011) Landschaften unter der Stadt: Interpreting Representations of the London Underground and Der Berliner U-Bahn, presented at Stadtkolloquium 2011, University College London Urban Laboratory, UK 28th-29th March 2011.
Hack, H & Merrill, S. (2010) The Soviet Graffiti of Kummersdorf, presented at Modern Conflict Archaeology Conference, The University of Bristol 23rd October 2010.
Merrill, S. (2010) World Heritage, Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals: From Sites to Systems, presented at World Heritage for Tomorrow: What, How and For Whom? BTU Cottbus, Germany 17th – 20th February 2010.
Merrill, S. (2009) Taking it Back to the Streets: The Challenges of Integrating Graffiti into Heritage Conservation Frameworks, presented at World Heritage and Cultural Diversity: Challenges for University Education, BTU Cottbus, Germany 23rd-25th October 2009
Merrill, S. (2009) Report on Sutton, R.K. Commemorating the American Civil War in National Park Service Battlefields, presented at Cultural Heritage and War International Workshop. BTU Cottbus, Germany 26th-27th October 2009.
ESRC funded Forge Mini-Symposium: Disused Transport Infrastructure: Interdisciplinary & Pan-European Perspectives hosted at UCL, London 13th-15th July 2013, co-organised with Sandra Jasper [UCL] and Anna Plyushteva [UCL].
The Moving to Berlin Sessions - Multiple sessions at AAG (Association of American Geographers) Annual Conference 2013, Los Angeles, USA, 9th - 13th April 2013 co-organised with Sandra Jasper [UCL] and Julia Binder [Humboldt University, Berlin].
Going Underground: Travel Beneath the Metropolis 1863-2013 - Conference hosted by Institue of Historical Research, London, UK, 17th - 18th January 2013 co-organised with Dr Carlos Galviz in association with the London Transport Museum
Cultural and Historical Geographies of Intra-Urban Mass Transit - Multiple sessions at AAG (Association of American Geographers) Annual Conference 2012, New York, USA, 24th-28th February 2012 co-organised with Professor Richard Dennis [UCL] and Dr Carlos Galviz [SAS, London].
World Heritage for Tomorrow: What, How and For Whom? - Conference hosted at Lehrstuhl Denkmalpflege, BTU Cottbus, Germany, 17th - 20th February 2010 co-organised with Professor Leo Schmidt [BTU Cottbus] and Smriti Pant.
Public Out Reach Projects
Under London By Rail: Memory, the Archive and Heritage - A collaborative interpretative art installation created with Prof. Richard Dennis, Dr. Carlos Galviz and Miles Irving as part of UCL Urban Lab's 2013 Cities Methodologies event on display at the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London between 23rd and 26th April, 2013.
Die Berliner UBahn: Ein vergrabene Landschaft// The Berlin UBahn: A Buried Landscape - A collaborative artwork created with Hans Hack as part of the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e.v.’s (NGBK – the New Society for Visual Arts) VORNE FAHRNE/ UP FRONT project on public display at Berlin's Schilling Strasse UBahn station between August and November 2012.
2007 - 2009: Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus, Germany
Master of Arts in World Heritage Studies
2003 - 2006: University of Birmingham, UK
Bachelor of Arts in Ancient History and Archaeology
Apr 2013: Kingston University - Landscape and Urbanism MA Guest Lecturer
Jul 2011: The Department of Architectural Conservation BTU Cottbus - Visiting lecturer
Oct 2010 – May 2011: Department of Geography, UCL – Tutor
Aug 2010: Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer - Archaeologist
Oct 2009 - Aug 2010: The Department of Architectural Conservation BTU Cottbus - Graduate Research Assitant and Visiting lecturer
Mar 2009 - Aug 2009: Monash University Tourism Research Unit - Research Assistant
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