Cities of Light – Paris / Urban Photographers’ Association / May 2018

‘Cities of Light – Paris’ is a one-day symposium at the University of Paris V (Sorbonne), followed by two days of guided walks and workshops in Paris (4-6 May 2018). This is the first of a series of ‘Cities of Light’ symposia being organised by the Urban Photographers’ Association (UPA) in different European cities in 2018, in … More Cities of Light – Paris / Urban Photographers’ Association / May 2018

Street Sounds or an Ear to the Street by Peter Dobbs

On the Masters in Social Research I am undertaking at Goldsmiths, University of London we were tasked with studying ‘street life’ and conducting ethnographic fieldwork on Lewisham Way, a busy traffic thoroughfare running between New Cross and Lewisham Gateway. Initially, the plan was to observe the comings and goings of those engaging with the public … More Street Sounds or an Ear to the Street by Peter Dobbs

An Alternative Valentines Day – Being Muslim and Single in the City by Fauzia Ahmad

In the run up to Valentine’s Day I was asked to talk on the rather unromantic topic of ‘the challenges to Muslim marriage’ at the City Circle’s annual Valentine’s Day talk. The event – aimed at mostly second and third generation Muslim single men and women – explored the challenges of ‘halal dating’ and getting … More An Alternative Valentines Day – Being Muslim and Single in the City by Fauzia Ahmad

How Do Children See the Regeneration of Deptford? by Anita Strasser

I recently did a workshop with Deptford kids to see how they understand the changes happening in the area. They all commented on the huge amount of flats being built and that there aren’t enough schools and surgeries for all these new people coming in. In their view, there are too many flats; flats that … More How Do Children See the Regeneration of Deptford? by Anita Strasser

Sword Dancing in the Field by Laura Henneke

With this postcard I want to share my excitement for the unexpected. Last year I participated in a Summer camp in Beijing to improve my Mandarin. As well as  the language classes, and very much to my surprise, the programme also foresaw lessons in Chinese traditional dance. Great! Swinging a wobbly sword while clumsily following … More Sword Dancing in the Field by Laura Henneke

Silent Steps

Les Back on the silent protests at Grenfell Tower on the 14tt day of every month The speed of today’s news cycles quickly occludes the human cost of the stories behind the headlines.  Even the most devastating of tragedies soon becomes forgotten yesterday’s news. This has been the case with the Grenfell Tower fire disaster … More Silent Steps

Safe Housing for LGBT*Q Tenants : Engaging with Experiences, Concerns and Aspirations by Paul Stoneman

Very little is known about the housing needs of LGBT*Q people, particularly with respect to social housing, whether provided by a housing association or local authority.  Prima facie, the need to better engage with this issue is pressing on two-levels: (1) the LGBT*Q community are more likely than heterosexual or cisgender people to experience mental … More Safe Housing for LGBT*Q Tenants : Engaging with Experiences, Concerns and Aspirations by Paul Stoneman