Spatial Justice in the City Workshop by Sophie Watson

A joint workshop between the Open University CRESC Urban Experiments and the Centre for Urban and Community Research Goldsmiths A workshop jointly convened by CRESC OU and CUCR Goldsmiths and funded by the ESRC took place between June 30th– July 1 2016 Open University, Milton Keynes. Spatial justice has been central to urban theorists in … More Spatial Justice in the City Workshop by Sophie Watson

Den-making and practising space: A Playful Encounter by Claire Levy

This post is part of an occasional series, which has been produced in response to the PhD study weekend at Cumberland Lodge in June 2016 attended and organised by members of the Sociology PhD cohort at Goldsmiths College, University of London. The theme of the weekend, which comprised workshops, screenings and a visit from guest … More Den-making and practising space: A Playful Encounter by Claire Levy

Graduate show “Memory and Materiality”

UrbanPhotoFest is an International, annual photographic arts festival focusing on cities and urban spaces across a variety of global contexts. The aim of the festival is to provide an engaging and culturally relevant programme that reflects on visual approaches to contemporary urban life and the image of the city. The programme of events includes a … More Graduate show “Memory and Materiality”

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