Monthly Archives: May 2014

LSE Cities Sobia Kaker presented at (CRASSH), Cambridge University

28 May 2014

Sobia Kaker presented her research on the relational politics of enclavisation in Karachi at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) at Cambridge University. The event was part of the 2013-2014 City Seminar series which introduced a range of interdisciplinary works examining the mobilising of cities. The theme aims to open discussions into assemblages of power in cities, and also address the  suffusion and diffusion of knowledge in and about cities.

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LSE Cities’ Ricky Burdett and Richard Sennett presented at The Decent City, The Social Science Research Council, Brooklyn, New York

20 May 2014

On 19 May 2014 LSE Cities’ Ricky Burdett presented  at ‘The Decent City’, The Social Science Research Council, Brooklyn, New York in a discussion on Rio de Janeiro. Other panel members were Teresa Caldeira, University of California, Berkeley and José Castillo, arquitectura 911 and Harvard University.

Richard Sennett opened the conference examining the conference theme ‘What is a decency city?’ with Diane Davis, Harvard University and Ira Katznelson, Columbia University and the SSRC.

This conference aimed to probe a deceptively simple question: What is a decent city? Clear that such a city is not quiet, orderly or predictable, each of which is alien to robust urban life. In inviting considerations in a zone between more utopian reflections on the one side, and highly-focused instrumental policy considerations on the other, the conference aims to deploy a spatial imagination to interrogate design, toleration, and inequality as key concepts and sites as we search for thresholds of urban decency and means to achieve them.

British Sociological Association Early Career Theory Symposium

14 May 2014

The British Sociological Association is hosting an Early Career Theory Symposium at the London School of Economics and Political Science on  6 June 2014. We have selected eleven papers for discussion within three sessions, with Professor Fran Tonkiss (London School of Economics and Political Science), Professor Claire Alexander (University of Manchester) and Professor Patrick Baert (University of Cambridge) providing comment on the papers.
We welcome up to ten additional early career scholars to join the forum for discussion. Lunch and tea are provided, and there is no entry cost.

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LSE Cities’ research project Configuring Light awarded an HEIF5 grant

8 May 2014

Configuring Light/ Staging the Social, an LSE Cities’ research project has been awarded a HEIF5 grant for a collaborative project with the Social Light Movement. Configuring Light/ Staging the Social will be producing a handbook for social research in design for a one-week workshop for lighting designers and social researchers in order to create a real lighting intervention in a London community. They will also produce a documentary on this process and host an exhibition on the project at LSE in December 2014.

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