Two Very Original Call for Contributions

2 11 2011

Tired of presenting papers or exhibiting posters at conferences? Looking for new ways to present your work? Have a look at these two calls for contributions, both original and of interest to those researching in or about London.

Performing the city: mobility, space and subjectivity.

7th December 2011, setting out from Look Mum No Hands in Old Street, 10.30am

Call for Contributions/Participants: Deadline 4th November 2011

Cities are shaped by, and give shape to, the movement of people, technologies, things and ideas. They are composed of dynamic entanglements of humans and non-humans, (re)produced and contested on a daily basis. To make sense of mobile urban life demands an understanding of a myriad of actors who perform aspects of everyday life. Building upon the work of University of East London’s Sustainable Mobilities Research Group, this workshop seeks to examine and enliven some of these entanglements through a mobile symposium.

The event will take place in London on Wednesday 7th December, setting out from Look Mum No Hands in Old Street at 10.30am and returning there for lunch. The tentative format of the day is to have two excursions (one am, one pm) into different parts of London; of course the journeys will be just as important – if not more so – than the destinations.

The day will be very informal, and whilst it will be Œfacilitated¹ by us (Rachel Aldred, Katrina Jungnickel and Justin Spinney) we are looking for participants to talk/walk through themes central to their work, whether at a particular location or whilst on the move (for those less familiar with London we are happy to suggest locations). Speakers will be asked to talk for no more than 15 minutes and are encouraged to include objects/materials/places and of course movement.

We are keeping themes purposely broad at this stage but are particularly keen on talks/tours which engage with the following themes: the politics of (im)mobility; mobility and temporality; the sensory, affective and (im)material; (in)visible mobilities (particularly in relation to the Œwarping¹ of the city); rhythm; citizenship and urban governance; the construction and displacement of subjectivities through mobility; place, infrastructure and the scripting of movement. Submissions are welcome from areas including (but not limited to) geography, sociology, architecture, history and anthropology. We are particularly keen to attract postgraduate and early career researchers but all are of course welcome! There will be no power point facilities, but there will be plenty of time for discussion and networking.

The event is free to attend, morning coffee/tea/pastries and lunch are provided, travel expenses around London will be reimbursed for all attending, and we can cover speaker travel costs up to £50.

If you would like to contribute a talk/tour please submit a positioning statement (max 500 words) about your research/ proposed talk/ tour/ destination/ mode of movement by Friday 4th November to or We will then put the final programme together and notify speakers by Friday 11th November. If you would like to come along without contributing a talk please contact Katrina or Justin, but please note that as places are limited to 25 in total they will be allocated on a first come first served basis. This workshop is supported by the ESRC Cycling Cultures Project.

Blast from the Past

RAI’s Education Outreach Programme

Call for Contributions: Deadline 16th November 2011
In anticipation of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, the RAI’s Education Outreach Programme is running an oral histories project called Blast from the Past. The aim of the project is to connect people around the world through material objects related to sports, games and play. We are asking people to dig through their attics, family trunks and wardrobes to find objects (sport kits, souvenirs, photos, medals or magazines) that capture special memories related to sport, games and play. Send us a video of you speaking about your object or write a story and send us a photo!

Who can participate?  Anyone interested in anthropology, history and sport

How do I submit my story? Send us a photo of your object with a description of max 100 words. Alternatively, send us a short video clip, max 1:30 sec.

Further details HERE.




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