Taking Place [2011-2014]

From 2011 to 2014

CRASSH


About

In the upcoming academic year, the Taking Place research group proposes to attend to the ways in which particular places elicit networks of affective resonances. The critical practice of examining emotive responses to the external environment has recently gained prominence across a wide spectrum of academic disciplines, including geography, literary studies, anthropology, history, and philosophy. Given its flexibility across diverse modes of analysis, the notion of affect can be deployed in an interdisciplinary context to open up creative new insights into the ways we encounter, live in, and move through particular places. For instance, our group intends to explore the ways in which affective relations to place vary in different geopolitical and socioeconomic contexts, such as the global south. Furthermore, issues of entitlement, displacement and spatially configured processes of identity formation can lead to substantially fraught types of affective geographies. We intend to push such concerns further in the 2013/14 incarnation of Taking Place, particularly by exploring non-western theoretical perspectives.

To provide this seminar series with a thematic coherence, we will focus on three sites of interest in order to examine the complex relationship between emotions and place. The themes we have chosen will be addressed from a variety of disciplinary and geopolitical perspectives and are at the crux of current critical discourse on affective geographies.

1. Urban places
2. In-between places
3. Rural places
 

Conveners

Conveners

Jesus F. Chairez Garza  (Faculty of History)
Diana Leca    (Faculty of English)
Laura T. Loyola Hernandez  (Department of Geography)
Emma Notfors  (Faculty of English)
Thue Winkler  (Faculty of English)

Faculty Advisors

Dr Robert Macfarlane  (Faculty of English)
Professor Sarah Radcliffe  (Department of Geography)

Programme 2013-14

 

Taking Place
Race and Queer Space in Bloomberg’s NY
16 October 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Johan Andersson (KC London) at Taking Place

Subcultures and Surplus: Urban Scene
30 October 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Dr Jo-Anne Dillabough (Cambridge) at Taking Place

What happens in Vegas?
13 November 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Steve Pile (Open University) at Taking Place

Reflections on Naturalisation
27 November 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Anne-Marie Fortier (Lancaster) at Taking Place

Atmospheric Things
22 January 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Dr Derek McCormack (Oxford) at Taking Place

Cross-Border Mobility and Transnational Spaces: Border Crossings amongst Mexican Indigenous People
05 February 2014, CRASSH, Seminar room S1, First floor*

Dr Aída Hernández (CIESAS/Simon Bolivar Chair CLAS) at Taking Place

Therapeutic Landscapes: 19th Century
19 February 2014, CRASSH, Seminar room S1, First floor*

Dr Clare Hickman (KCL) at Taking Place

Geographies of Affection?: Emotional Responses to the Gallipoli Peninsula in Ireland and Australia
05 March 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG2, Ground floor

Dr Stuart Ward (Copenhagen) at Taking Place

Eyeopener: Geographies of Light and Shadow, Near and Far
14 May 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG2

John Wylie (Exeter) at Taking Place

Gender and the New British Nature Writing
29 May 2014, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1 (NB different date & room today)

Astrid Bracke (Radbout Universiteit) at Taking Place

Rural Networks of Empire in Contemporary Literature
11 June 2014, CRASSH Seminar room SG2

Lucienne Loh  (Liverpool) at Taking Place

Past events

 

Taking Place
Giving Time, Taking Place: Inheriting Landscape on a Dynamic Planet
17 October 2011, CRASSH
Nigel Clark (Senior Lecturer of Human Geography, The Open University)
Technologies, Territories, and Mobilities
31 October 2011, CRASSH
David Morley (Professor of Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London)
In the Nature of Landscape: Cultural Geography on the Norfolk Broads
14 November 2011, CRASSH
David Matless (Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham)
Learning From Detroit: The Aesthetics of Urban Decay
28 November 2011, CRASSH
Christopher Woodward (Director, The Garden Museum, London).
Four Maps and a Wedding: Ecuadorian Indigenous Peoples and Contested Notions of Landscape and Territory
30 January 2012, CRASSH
Dr Sarah Radcliffe (Reader in Latin American Geography, Cambridge), Respondent: Dr Michael Bravo (Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge)
Place, Belonging and Language in North-West Greenland: Some Initial Thoughts
13 February 2012, CRASSH
Dr Stephen Pax Leonard (Research Fellow in Linguistics, Cambridge)
From Preserving Sites to Restoring Nature in the Landscape
27 February 2012, CRASSH
Brian Eversham (Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trust for Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough)
Roundtable: Place and the Museum: Landscape, Heritage and Conservation
12 March 2012, CRASSH
Dr Dacia Viejo Rose (Cultural Heritage and the Reconstruction of Identities after Conflict, Cambridge), Bryan Lintott (Exhibitions Officer, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge) - other speakers tbc
Layering Territories, Making Place: The Case of Maxwell Street, Chicago
10 May 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Tim Cresswell (Professor of Human Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London). NB Thursday 10 May at 5.00pm
England's Silent Places: Landscape, Photography and Identity Formation
21 May 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Ingrid Pollard (Artist and Photographer)
Which Colony? Which Block?: Violence, Urban Planning and Post-Colonial Writing
07 June 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
NB Different date
Commitees, Witch Doctors, and the 'Mother-Body': Everyday resistance and politics in the township of Cato Manor, South Africa'
15 October 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Dr Paula Meth (University of Sheffield) NB: Only today we will meet in room SG2*
Recoding Urban Space through Place Hacking
29 October 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Dr Bradley Garrett (University of Oxford))
Engineering Informality: Flyover and Skywalk Construction in Mumbai
12 November 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Dr Andrew Harris (University College London)
Languages of Place in Official and Everyday Politics
26 November 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor
Dr Jon Lawrence (University of Cambridge)
Rebordering Jerusalem: Landscaping through World Heritage and the Wall
28 January 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Dr Britt Baillie (University of Cambridge)

The Settlement Circuit: Entertainment and Urban Renewal in Interwar Boston
11 February 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Dr Michael McCluskey (metaLAB, Harvard University)

Living Dangerously: The Politics of Risk in Bogotá, Colombia
25 February 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room S1, First Floor

Dr Austin Zeiderman (Research Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science). NB: The group will meet in a different room today, S1-1st Floor*

Challenging Conventions of Slum Upgrading: Lessons Learnt from a Study of Upgrade in South Africa
11 March 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Dr Kamna Patel (Lecturer in Development Administration, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL)

(De)constructions of Cosmopolitanism and Identity Among Urban Middle Classes in Africa
20 May 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor

Claire Mercer (London School of Economics) and Rachel Spronk (University of Amsterdam)

Colonel Blimp and the 'Posturing Progressives': The Battle for Glasgow's George Square
03 June 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor

Dr Ray McKenzie (Glasgow School of Arts)