The End of FiLo

23 04 2013

This blog is currently interrupted – there will be no new posts, but feel free to browse our pages and past posts. The Network is no longer functioning either.

FiLo was a researcher run and inspired network, that aimed to bring together researchers who have chosen London as their field site. Born in 2008 from the realisation that London had become a popular research site in the area of migration studies, we thought it would be time to bring together the different projects undertaken in the city, to provide both for social support and academic networking opportunities. The ambition was to develop a forum were we could share our experiences of doing research in London and promote the variety of different projects we were basing in the city. While the roots of FiLo can be found at Sussex University the FiLo was not University nor discipline bound and welcomed all researchers who felt that their research interest were related to London as a research site.


Child Poverty in London

20 01 2012

Child Poverty in London

The End Child Poverty campaign has produced a report that shows many parts of London to be among the poorest int he country. Its list of the 20 UK local authorities containing the highest percentages of children in poverty contains eleven of the capital’s 32 boroughs, with Tower Hamlets topping the list on 52%. Islington, Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Barking and Dagenham are up there too. The massive gap between the capital’s richest and poorest is illuminated by the Eng Child Poverty Campaign report.

It is also well illustrated on the excellent website ‘London’s Poverty Profile’.


2011 in review

4 01 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for FiLo’s blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,800 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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.

London Walks

17 06 2011

New on the Guardian website and very beautifully created are a series of Badaude’s Illustrated London Walks.

The Guardian and Tate are also flogging a book of the series.

Badaude has a great blog with some wonderful observations and drawings of London, Paris and issues in between.



June Film Festivals

7 06 2011


June starts with the promise of a wonderful month for documentary film in London. The city is hosting two related film festivals:  The Open City London Documentary Festival (16th -19th June) and the 12th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2011 (23rd-26th June).

The programme of either festival is loaded with an amazing variety of films and other events (check out RAI’s workshops!) that are bound to be of interest to many. FiLo members, and others with an interest in London as a site of research, should watch out for Open City films under the strand City Scope: opening the city,  lifting the paving stones.

Below is more information on each Film Festival.Enjoy the films!

Open City London Documentary Festival

Where: Malet Place, Bloomsberry, London. Map and Directions.

When: 16th to the 19th June 2011

Tickets: £5 each

Full Programme is available online.

A film description as a teaser: Home Sweet Post-It, screened on the 16th June, 8pm.

A house in East London is home for almost 20 young people. They’re from Brazil, Spain and Colombia and most can’t communicate in English – even amongst themselves. This short, funny documentary shows the challenges of sharing space, toilet paper, cooking smells and other life-changing intimate moments and how post-it notes could offer one solution to the problems….or maybe not.

12th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2011

Where: UCL, Roberts building, in the heart of Bloomsbury, Central London.

When: Thursday 23rd June to Sunday 26th June 2011

Registration: Online registration. Festival Pass £75; RAI Fellows & Members £70; Students/Concessions £50; Day Passes at various rates; Festival Dinner on Saturday £20; Archive Workshop £15;

Full Programme is available online.

A film description as a teaser: Faux Vintage, screened on the 25th June, 09:00 – 11:15

Faux Vintage is a social history of the electric guitar as recounted by London repairers, restorers, traders, collectors.

Wot no labels!

20 05 2011

Research regarding fluid sexual representation on TV

Craig Haslop from the University of Sussex is conducting research in the Media and film and music department investigating the potential of open-ended sexual representation on British television – that is representation of sexuality without labelling.

As part of this he is looking for volunteers in London to give just 1 and 1/2 hours of their time to attend a screening of the BBC TV series Torchwood and a follow up discussion of 45 minutes.  All research will be treated in complete confidence and results used will be anonymous.

The focus groups will take place in Central London on the Tuesday the 7th and Wednesday 8th June 2011 at the Drill Hall starting at 6.45pm at the Drill Hall , 16 Chenies Street, London WC1E 7EX near Tottenham Court Road tube.

If you think you can help please contact with the date you can make and whether you’re employed and if so what your occupation is.

(Feel free to pass this information on to friends and colleagues who you think might be interested)