Divided cities contested states working paper no 30 2014 the politics of heritage and the limitations of international agency in divided cities the particular urban condition of contested cities shaped by ethnic religious and national conflicts the focus is a case study of senior club football in belfast and the paper is. The political division of the city itself often leaves contested urban heritage in the cityscape the legacy of ethnic clashes is still visible in the cityscape of beirut while traces and memories of the berlin wall still haunt the city. Conflicts around urban development and planning issues represent an important dimension of urban politics issues of social cohesion and democratic representation are all the more relevant in times when cities are undergoing a severe economic crisis and when local politics tends to meet its challenges with post political responses. Moving away from loosely defined urban theories and contexts this book argues it is time to start learning from and compare across different contested cities it questions the long standing euro centric academic knowledge production that is prevalent in urban studies and planning research. In its religious cultural political and social dimen sions its interdisciplinary research program is jointly visiting contested cities urban planning tourism and the politics of heritage unesco world heritage research group saw program monday 3 august 2015
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