This is another postcard from the research edge: part of Anita’s PhD which researches how local residents experience life and regeneration in Deptford/New Cross. This is about Bernard, a pensioner living in Austin House on Achilles Street who grew up in New Cross in the 70’s and 80’s and moved back in 2005. His story … More “Music was the love of my life” by Anita Strasser
Within urban sociology, one of the main interests amongst academics centres on the implications of gentrification on ‘working-class’ communities. Other theories offer deeper theoretical perspectives, aiming to understand the political underpinnings of these urban processes. Academics however are beginning to explore new lines of interest, including the conscious installation of public art into urban areas … More Art as Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? A Retrospective Piece on the Role of Art within Gentrified Brixton by Crystal Nicholson.
CUCR’s Peter Coles is leading another urban walk this week using London’s old mulberry trees as portals into the city’s buried past. Tracing 450 years of Chelsea history, from monasteries and Tudor mansions to silk and sewers through its hidden old mulberry trees. About this Event: Day : Wednesday 3rd July Location : Meet at South … More Midweek Mulberries: In search of Chelsea’s past by Peter Coles
To mark one year of Infrastructural Explorations, this CUCR blog entry reflects on our latest Exploration, curated by Dr Alice Corble. Join us for the next Infrastructural Exploration on July 26th in Beckton, East London. To sign up and for more info click here. Since June 2018, Louise and Laura have been co-curating a series … More ‘A network of infrastructures’: Exploring Public Libraries as Infrastructure By Louise Rondel, Laura Henneke and Dr Alice Corble
In May students from the Photography and Urban Cultures (PUC) MA at Goldsmiths met with MA sociology students from the Sorbonne (aka Descartes University) in Paris for an afternoon of presentations and discussions, followed by a day of guided walks around the city’s 13th arrondissement Chinatown. This was our fourth annual seminar, since a first … More Visions of Space by Peter Coles
This is my response to the talk on ‘Migrant City’ by Les Back at the Department of Psychosocial Studies Research Seminar, Birkbeck on 28 January 2019. The collaborative ethnography ‘Migrant City’ is remarkable in its refusal to separate migration from race, empire and contemporary geopolitics. Back, Sinha, Bryan, Baraku and Yemba produce rich, beautiful and … More Notes on ‘Migrant City’ by Les Back and Shamser Sinha with Charlynne Bryan, Vlad Baraku and Mardoche Yemba by Yasmeen Narayan
This year I’m working in the Sociology Department on an ESRC funded postdoctoral fellowship. The project primarily involves writing a book that draws together my doctoral research on London’s pop-up culture with my postdoctoral research into pop-up and micro housing. The book, which will be published by Zed, argues that pop-up culture has rebranded precarity … More Precarity Rebranded: Pop-up Logics for Crisis Times by Ella Harris