Valentines for Everyone

20 01 2012

This Valentine weekend, food charity FareShare are collaborating with Forgotten Feast and their eco-chef Tom Hunt to produce a unique 3 course banqueting experience – Valentines for Everyone.

For £40 you can expect a magnificent 3-course menu of delicious but unwanted foods that might otherwise end up in landfill. From heart to honey, pheasant to parsnip and even kaffir lime leaves, Valentines for Everyone will transform surplus food into a bountiful seasonal banquet. Surplus food is delicious, healthy produce that hasn’t made it into the shops because too much was ordered, it’s in the wrong packaging or it’s just a bit wonky. Be prepared for a culinary exploration, we will cater for vegetarian and red-blooded carnivores alike.

Everyone will sit together for the feast, so come alone, with friends or with your loved one and sit with other diners to celebrate and feast. The banquet will be held in FareShare’s east London warehouse, so diners will sit amongst towering stacks of FareShare’s surplus food, industrial fridges and lavish themed décor, created by Secret Garden Party designer Alex Geldenhuis.

Every ticket sold will enable FareShare to provide an additional 80 meals for the hungry and vulnerable people they support, thanks to grant-giving charity StreetSmart who are generously matching the number of meals raised though ticket sales. FareShare rescues surplus food year round and delivers it to local charities all over the country.

Tickets are available for dinner Friday 10th February, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th (late lunch) and for dinner on Valentine’s Day itself and include 3 courses, a drink and canapés.

For dinner service, the venue will be open from 7pm and service will commence promptly at 7.30 pm.
Late lunch on Sunday 12th the venue will be open from 3pm for service at 3.30pm.

For more information, visit the Valentines For Everyone event pages.


London – City of Paradox

11 06 2011

Conference – April 2012 – London – City of Paradox – CALL FOR PAPERS

In 2012 London will be a focus of public interest worldwide. The Olympic Games will bring intense media coverage, viewed by the British government and by numerous interest groups as an opportunity to celebrate the city as an economic hub and a centre of global cultural activity.

We wish to address these issues in the context of independent assessments – of the city, its histories, its cultural heritage, and its complex and contradictory role within contemporary global networks.

From 3 to 5 April 2012 the University of East London will host an international conference: London – City of Paradox.

This event considers the city in its local, national and transnational contexts. It aims to stimulate discussion among academics, community activists, artists and others, encouraging development of informed, critical perspectives on London. It recognises that London is viewed and experienced in a host of ways: by its residents past and present; by those influenced by national, colonial and imperial authorities centred in the city; and by those who have embraced, contested and resisted the latter.

This will be a multi-disciplinary event, drawing on insights from History, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Migration Studies, Refugee Studies and Urban Studies. It will engage those involved in visual art, performance, creative writing and in community action.

Keynote speakers include:

Craig Calhoun (New York University)

Paul Gilroy (London School of Economics)

Ranabir Sammadar (Calcutta Research Group)

Saskia Sassen (Colombia University)

Jerry White (Birkbeck, University of London)

Themes: you are invited to contribute a paper to one of six thematic streams:

1. Contending histories: London as an object of historical study; London in the national narrative; “people’s histories”; London, gender and history; history and community today; “official” history and the Olympic project.

2. London and the world: colonialism, neo-colonialism and the metropolitan city; commerce, slavery and empire; London and the neo-liberal networks; global city: London and the cities of the South.

3. Race, racism and the city: “hidden” and “invisible” populations; inclusion and exclusion; geographies of community; immigration, work and settlement; refuge and asylum; citizenship, multiculturalism, “cohesion” and integration today.

4. East London: the East End in narratives of London and nation; East London and the maritime networks; the East End as refuge; East End, gender and sexuality; resistance and radicalism; regeneration and the “new” East End.

5. Imaging and Performing London: visual cultures yesterday and today – film, photography, multimedia, performance.

6. City and spectacle: London and the Olympic cities – global spectacle and local reality. Documenting the Olympics past and present.

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words by 1 October 2011 to Mary Sutton: (All enquiries about the conference also to Mary Sutton.)

London – City of Paradox is organised together with the Runnymede Trust, London East Research Institute, Raphael Samuel History Centre, Matrix East Research Lab, the Centre for Narrative Research and the Centre for Cultural Studies Research. CMRB, University of East London, Docklands Campus, London E16 2RD.

Yet Another Conference of Interest

20 05 2011

CfP: Ethnography, Diversity and Urban Space. 2011. September 22-23

COMPAS, University of Oxford, Oxford

Call for Papers:  Deadline 6 June 2011

The intensification of global flows in the current period has led scholars to describe cities like London as ‘super-diverse’: a ‘diversification of diversity’, with a population characterized by multiple ethnicities, countries of origin, immigration statuses, and age profiles (Vertovec 2007).

The aims of this conference to be held at COMPAS <>  (University of Oxford) on 22-23 September 2011 are: to address the missing dimension of migration and mobility in the literature on urban space, and the missing dimension of spatiality in the literature on diversity; and to develop new modes of inquiry appropriate to the contemporary challenge of super-diversity.

We invite proposals for papers which investigate aspects related to the conference themes and we welcome in particular proposals that focus on the following areas:

  • Understanding belonging and diversity in complex urban spaces
  • Changing practices of fieldwork and new and old modes of ethnographic investigation

Abstracts from early career researchers are especially welcome.  For full details, see:

Conferences Conferences

11 03 2011

‘Framing the City’ CRESC Annual Conference. 2011. September 6th- 9th

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

The CRESC annual conference 2011 takes the rubric of ‘framing’ to scrutinise the processes by which cities are conceptualised, realised, lived, ordered and depicted, disrupted, changed and contested. More than half of humanity now lives in urban areas and city processes affect the whole globe. The rates of growth, decay and transformation; the diversity, complexity and flows of population and activities, as well as the scale of problems and possibilities posed by city life are breathtaking. This conference seeks to bring together contemporary approaches to the descriptive and analytical challenges of thinking through processes of change in urban and city contexts. The conference takes the following themes as inspiration for a call for papers with confirmed plenary speakers as shown:

• CITY MATERIALITIES : (city objects, plans, designs, discourse, built environments, assemblages, archaeology, urban morphology, infrastructure, post-industrial regeneration, economies, mega events, spatiality …)

Plenary speakers: Professor Nikos Salingaros (University of Texas at San Antonio) and Dr Albena Yaneva (University of Manchester)

• CITY AFFECT:(the experiential, the senses, the auditory, passions, hopes, fears, violence, the imaginary, creative writing and literature …)

Plenary speakers: Iain Sinclair and Professor Alistair Bonnett (University of Newcastle)

• CITY ENVIRONMENTS : (sustainability, living and working environments, ecologies, city geographies, nature/culture, eco-cities …)

Plenary speakers: Professor Maria Kaika (University of Manchester) and Professor Alan Simpson (Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow)

• SOCIAL AND CULTURAL INEQUALITIES IN THE CITY : (social and cultural capital, governance, territorial dimensions of participation, contested spaces of belonging, social movements, underground resistance, critical urbanism)

Plenary speakers: Professor Rosenlund Lennart (University of Stavanger, Norway) and Professor Talja Blokland (Humboldt University, Berlin)

• MEDIATING THE CITY:(creative practices, cultural industries, urban identity, art, street art, broadcasting, music, advertising, dance, film, print and visual representation …)

Plenary Speaker: Nick Couldry (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

• CITY MIGRATION, TRANS-NATIONALITY AND BORDERS: (mobility, flows, boundaries, identities, difference and belonging, states, nations, settlements and borders)

Plenary Speakers: Dr Sabine Hess (Institute for European Ethnology) and Dr. Jan Rath (University of Amsterdam)

Please submit either a) proposal for individual papers, or (b) panel proposal including 3 papers by the end of April 2011 using the proposal forms online. Abstracts should not be more than 250 words.

The proposal forms should be sent to CRESC Conference Administration, at the following address: 178 Waterloo Place, Oxford Road, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 161 275 8985 / or via Fax: +44 (0) 161 275 8985 or submit to:

Proposals for performances, exhibitions and displays are welcome, but must be self-funded.





June 30th — July 1st 2011

Few will dispute that the study of migration crosses disciplinary borders. The Centre for the Study of Migration opens a space for contact for migration scholars based across disciplines in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Economics, Business, Medicine and Law. This conference seeks to gather together multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of migration. The broad areas covered will be: historical approaches to migration, the economics of migration, migration and the law, migration and linguistic change, migration and culture, migration, asylum and exile, migration and health, migration and state policies. Papers or panels on concepts and topics such as religion, spatiality, transnationalism, ethics and the question of alterity and hybridity will be encouraged. The aim will be to explore the extent to which the study of migration is by nature interdisciplinary and to foment dialogue across disciplines and boundaries amongst colleagues at Queen Mary.

Offers of papers and panels are invited from those engaged in research at postdoctoral as well as postgraduate levels. Please send a title, together with a brief biography and an abstract of approximately 250 words to Professor April 15th 2011.


ESRC LSBU Seminar Series on DIASPORIC AND TRANSNATIONAL YOUTH IDENTITIES: Exploring Conceptual Themes and Future Research Agendas

Seminar 3: New technologies and Participatory Research Methods in Trans-National Youth Research

Friday 8 April 2011 – London South Bank University

Seminar focusing on critical and methodological analyses of the use of new technologies, performance and creative arts and participatory research methods in youth research within and across geographical locations.

Upcoming Conferences

27 11 2010

Some very interesting conferences and seminars have been announced recently and caught our eyes:

SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies and Department of Development Studies Joint Seminar with Department of Anthropology seminar series

Wednesday 1st December 3-5 pm Room G51

Nicola Frost (Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies / Food Studies Centre, SOAS)

Making Mela in Brick Lane

The Baishakhi Mela is held annually in May in and around Brick Lane in East London. It celebrates Bengali New Year, and can attract around 100,000 people to the area. The large local Bangladeshi population values the event as an opportunity to gather together, and to present Bangladeshi culinary and musical traditions to a wider audience. What began as a small, community-based affair, has grown to become a huge logistical undertaking, heavy with resonance in local politics, as well as being a significant economic driver for associated businesses. In 2006 and 2007 the Mela was organised through collaboration between the Baishakhi Mela Trust, consisting of local business people and other community workers, and the arts and events team from Tower Hamlets council. This relationship is complex, and open to a variety of conflicting interpretations. Central to these tensions are the interdependent questions of finance and ownership: while control of budgets entails a degree of authority, the festival has its own life and momentum that largely evades attempts to codify, regulate, and strategise. This paper examines these issues with reference to the 2007 event.

All welcome. For further information please contact Paru Raman (


Tuesday 12 July until Thursday 14 July 2011 at the Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0AL

We would like to extend a very warm invitation to international scholars, researchers, and those with other significant interests in London to join with us, as either a Speaker or a Delegate, to celebrate the launch of this unique annual event!

The great world city of London which is the focus of our conference is the product of some two thousand years of growth and development, setback and renewal. The short passage to and from the North Sea along the River Thames made London one of the major European ports from Roman times onwards. Its maritime significance was eventually consolidated by the opening of its vast dock system in the heyday of the great imperial metropolis from 1800 on. Following further enormous change in the later 20th Century, London Docklands now serve a very different post-industrial function as the financial district moves eastwards and the population and its way of life transforms.

Profoundly historic and yet also ultramodern, London is a city of many different facets, logical and contradictory by turns. It is the seat of both the British monarchy and the home of parliamentary democracy, the two co-existing in what some regard as a typically ingenious British compromise. It is a city dominated by the financial and political industries, and yet these have been profoundly called into question in the new age of austerity and of political reform. And if London led the world in pioneering one of the great public transportation systems, this is now struggling to cope with the demands of the ever larger population – now numbering over seven million – as its members inhabit a city marked by a cultural diversity borne of long-term international migration.

London is marked by the many traditions of great wealth, and yet, in part, still blighted by the scars of poverty and deprivation. A city ravaged, within living memory, by the horrors of world war, its urban landscape has been endlessly transfigured in sometimes spectacular, sometimes merely startling fashion within a few short decades. London thus reflects many of the glories of urbanisation and yet is also marked by many of its inevitable contradictions, from the great beauties of its artistic and architectural heritage to the dramatic challenges it now faces – alongside other world cities – to reduce its excessive carbon footprint, its pollution, and its criminality.

These striking ambiguities provide the context for our conference, at the approaches to Olympic Year 2012, as we seek to analyse, critque and celebrate London’s proud identity and heritage.

CRONEM 7th Annual Conference

Joint international multidisciplinary conference with VU Institute for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society (VISOR), Free University Amsterdam

Global Migration and Multiculturalism: Religion, Society, Policy and Politics

28 – 29 June 2011, University of Surrey (Deadline 15 February 2011)

In our seventh annual conference CRONEM and VISOR want to explore a number of overlapping themes arising from the relationship between global migration and cultural diversity through different disciplinary understandings of the links between religion, society, policy and politics.

The extensive literature, which now exists concerning the movement of people, information and material objects across nation-state borders around the globe, has not only provided us with an understanding of the political economy of this movement but also its social and cultural dimensions. The minorities created by this movement raise crucial issues concerning citizenship rights and duties within modern nation-states and the co-existence of these rights and duties with transnational ties and global imagined communities. Identity politics, minority community representation and how minority individuals relate (and are expected to relate) to the national cultures within which they live present political and policy challenges for nation-states and supra-national entities such as the European Union.

These challenges in many parts of the globe frequently highlight the changing relationship between politics and religion. These changes have been discussed in terms of an emerging ‘post-secular’ society, especially within parts of the European region, for example, or in North America. Other commentators have focussed on the increasing securitisation of both immigration and integration in recent decades and especially since 9/11. In the European region this issue overlaps with religion insofar as Islam(ism), in particular, has come to be perceived as a significant transnational security threat which, in turn, has affected both public and individual perceptions of Muslim minorities within many countries, permeating the media.

These are just two topical examples illustrating the broad spectrum of concerns over the entry, settlement and integration or accommodation of migrants against the backdrop of economic considerations and governmental efforts to control flows. We wish to encourage submission of papers and posters, which focus on this range of issues around the world from different disciplinary perspectives. Papers and posters, which analyse individual perceptions and understandings, are just as welcome as those, which explore group dynamics and collective processes.

Individual paper / poster proposalSymposium proposal

For any additional information, please contact Mrs Mirela Dumic (

RC 21 in Amsterdam Conference Theme: The struggle to belong – Dealing with diversity in 21st urban settings

Deadline for abstracts: 21 December 2010

We invite proposals for papers for the following theme: Youth geographies and spatial identity

Recognizing that youth researchers have a privileged vantage point from which to view social change and continuity, this is a call for papers that seek to interrogate these themes. How do young people deal with change in their own lives whilst negotiating social, cultural and economic uncertainty in contemporary urban settings?

We invite papers that highlight these issues in any number of ways. Papers are not limited to empirical discussions; we also invite analyses of methodological and ethical matters of concern.

Latin Americans in London

19 11 2010

Latin Americans in London, 22 November – 10 December, 2010

City Hall hosts this special exhibition of photos by Latin-American, London-based photographers Julio Etchart and Alejandro Gortazar, as part of this year’s Latin American Bicentenary celebrations.

Two centuries ago, the area of the world now known as Latin America experienced the first concerted attempts to shed centuries of Spanish and Portuguese rule. The year 1810 marked the beginning of a process that would witness the creation of over a dozen new nations.

This year a number of cultural institutions, pan London organisations and community groups have organised activities to mark this historic anniversary. The Greater London Authority has joined with the Latin American Bicentenary Group to host a series of events to celebrate the bicentenary, and showcase the long and enduring historical and cultural links that exist between Latin America and London.

More information here


Museum of London collection on Latin Americans in London

Living Latin in London: How latin American Migrants Survive in the City, working paper by Dr. Cathy McIlwaine QMUL

Photo of the Latin American festival in London – described on this site.

As Unseen Tours

2 08 2010

Want to challenge your view of what it means to be a person living in London? Then come on our alternative walking tour and discover one of the world’s most vibrant and paradoxical cities as you’ve never seen it before!

Brought to you by Sock Mob Events in conjunction with the London Fringe Festival 2010,Unseen Tours provide a totally unique and exciting perspective on well-known landmarks and the lesser-known nooks and crannies of London. Led by homeless guides with their own distinctive styles and life histories, each walk will have its own personality as it uncovers London’s hidden history and present-day reality from their perspectives. The walks take place in two areas, London Bridge and Shoreditch, both containing powerful symbols of the city’s diversity and social change. These are tours with a social conscience, appealing to Londoners and visitors alike, and anyone who wants to connect with people from different walks of life.

The tours take place from 6th – 30th August and will run every Wednesday-Sunday, starting at 7pm Weds-Fri and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The London Bridge walk meets at the main Tooley Street exit outside London Bridge tube station (opposite the London Experience). The Shoreditch walk meets at Old Street tube station, above Exit 1. Walkers are advised to look out for our home made cardboard signs!

The tours will also directly contribute to improving the quality of life of some of London’s most marginalised people. Tickets cost £5 and, in line with the principles of social enterprise, the lion’s share will go to the guides themselves, enabling them to make a living and improve their situations. All profits will be reinvested back into the enterprise to train more guides and continue to build their skills and creativity.

The Sock Mob is an innovative, grassroots volunteer network engaging with homeless people in London, using the icebreaking power of socks and conversation to reconnect them with society. The Sock Mob’s spin-off social enterprise, Sock Mob Events (funded by Unltd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs), is now launching Unseen Tours: London’s Street Voices, featuring guided walks with a homeless guide as part of the London Fringe Festival 2010 .