Paris connections and Paris Walks by Peter Coles and Paul Halliday

Paris Connections Just under a year ago, I went over to Paris to meet Tim Gore, Director of the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), housed in the British Council premises near Invalides in the 7th arrondissement. ULIP is a specialised institute that gives students the opportunity to study for a University of London… More Paris connections and Paris Walks by Peter Coles and Paul Halliday

Living with Books – the launch of Sensing the City: A Companion to Urban Anthropology by Anja Schwanhäußer in Berlin April, 2016

The power of reading really struck me as I stood in front of the packed crowd assembled at the PRO QM bookshop  for the launch of Anja Schwanhäußer’s new book.  Having spent the day in Berlin, a city haunted not only by its Nazi past but also the Iron Curtain, it was extraordinary to be here… More Living with Books – the launch of Sensing the City: A Companion to Urban Anthropology by Anja Schwanhäußer in Berlin April, 2016

What’s Sociological About Selfbuild? by Michaela Benson

Selfbuild: ‘where the first occupants arrange for the building of their own dwelling and, in various ways, participate in its production’ (Duncan and Rowe 1993: 1331) Recently, I appeared on Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4’s flagship social science programme, talking about my research on selfbuild in an episode focussed on the sociology of housing.  You… More What’s Sociological About Selfbuild? by Michaela Benson

Cours de Poetique: More Than Just a Car Park by Charlotte Bates

Apprehension. The sounds of the city are all around us, but here inside a brief reprieve. Darkness. Ears relax and open as the harsh streetscape fades. An assault to the nose. Urine. Glass crackles underfoot. Sitting here on my musical stool I begin to sense the city anew. In front, traffic, a busy rush between… More Cours de Poetique: More Than Just a Car Park by Charlotte Bates

Keeping one eye on the bus: a tribute to Doreen Massey by Emma Jackson

  My friend Hannah once handed me a badge with a woman’s face on it, she’d been at a feminist geography workshop. ‘I tried to get you Doreen Massey, but they ran out straight away’. This is one of the many things that have popped into my head since learning of Doreen Massey’s death on… More Keeping one eye on the bus: a tribute to Doreen Massey by Emma Jackson