ON WALLS is a small, independent and free research group on walls and practices related to walls (planners, administrators, investors, muralists, graffiti writers, street artists, designers, advertisers…) in the context of contemporary urban environments. Please see the "About" page for more info.


Emily Bereskin


Ph.D candidate in the Department of the History of Art, Bryn Mawr College, USA; M.A. in the History of Art, Bryn Mawr College, USA; B.A. in the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, USA. Currently undertaking research in Berlin, Germany.

Research Interests:

Contemporary and historical urbanism; urban design; urban planning in divided cities; visual culture and public space; public art; tourism and memory in divided cities.

Dissertation (in progress): “Tourism, Place-Marketing, and the Built Environment in Post-Conflict Cities: A Study of Berlin, Belfast, and Beirut”

Masters Thesis: “Transforming Visual Culture in the North of Ireland”

Conference Papers:

2009 “Transitional Spaces in the North of Ireland: The Reframing and Recentering of Political Murals in Belfast” at Interstices: Carving and Painting Urban Environments, On Walls Research Group, Lisbon, July 9-11

2007 “Thanatourism and the Transformation of Visual Culture in the North of Ireland” at To the Ends of the Earth: Journeys Ancient and Modern Graduate Group Symposium, Bryn Mawr College, October 12-13

2007 “Sporting Spaces: The 2006 FIFA World Cup and Berlin’s Public Sphere”

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