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
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
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
In 2007, ‘Clean City’ was enacted in São Paulo. The radical legislation banned advertising, regulated the size of commercial signage and removed the graffiti from the city’s urban space as a way to fight visual pollution. However, no definition for visual pollution was included in the law, and no research has been conducted on its … More ‘Clean City’: The fight against Visual Pollution in São Paulo.
I’ve spent time looking at the photograph of this fridge. If it looks a little too ordered and tidy that could be because you’re peering into a laboratory of British sanctuary. The fridge is a part of a network of households that are offering a temporary home to destitute migrants, asylum seekers and refugees who have … More Love in a cold climate: the contested fridge by Yasmin Gunaratnam
Shuttled back along the Old Kent Road it becomes a tree lined boulevard. The Heygate has gone. I am immersed in a holographic world, in a zone that is now ‘South Central’, ‘Mid Town’, West End and City. ‘Radical routes focus on the area’, the Elephant is the missing link. ‘Young professionals’ sit outside gently … More The Performativity of Regeneration Hoardings* by Louise Rondel
Blog Number 1: – The View From Afar by Sarah Walker, Laura Henneke, Vanessa Hughes, Chloe Peacock, Peter Rees, Ignacio Rivera, and Kaoru Takahashi The PhD Migration reading group is an interdisciplinary and international student-led space for PhD students working on migration at Goldsmiths. This was our first conference …. And this is our … More A conversation on Connecting Racism and Migration – A PhD Migration Reading Group conference