The storytelling workshop that took place this week was a big success. While we didn’t generate a lot of people, those who came really took on the challenge and everyone noted that they came away with a lot of ideas and inspiration for their work going forward. It was the general consensus that we should schedule a another session, perhaps at the start of the new academic year. We will also likely set up an online discussion space for storyteller researchers to throw ideas around.
Please see attached the slide show from the afternoon. We are aiming to add to the video and referencing section as a lot of good material came out of the discussion. I will post an updated version once that has been completed. If anyone would like a pdf copy of the full slide show or if you would like a copy of the audio visual files that we recorded from the session, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new lines of flight session will be held on the 26th April 2017. It will take place in the Arts Tower, University of Sheffield from 2-4pm.
We will discuss story-telling methodology – in particular, the different ways narratives can be constructed as a framework for understanding subjects/objects and interview data within qualitative research.
Next Wednesday, from 12 noon to 1pm we will host a session with Jenny Pickerill, in which we will collectively explore the possibilities of scholar-activism.
The session will be built up as follows: a brief history of why scholar-activism is necessary, important and some of its roots; then a discussion around a typology of different ways to be a scholar-activist. This includes shaping policy debates, long term community work, situated solidarities and direct action. Each will be discussed with examples, discussion of their impacts and reflections on some of their limitations.
6 May, 12.00 – 13.00
Sheffield School of Architecture
Arts Tower, floor 13
The seminar room next to the administrative office
The Autonomous Geographies Collective. (2010) Beyond Scholar activism: Making Strategic Interventions Inside and Outside the Neoliberal University. ACME, 9, 2, http://www.acme-journal.org/Volume9-2.htm
Derickson KD and Routledge P (2015) Resourcing Scholar-Activism: Collaboration, Transformation, and the Production of Knowledge, Professional Geographer, 67.
Scholar activism table
Today, Lines of Flight will move to London, where, from 2pm onwards, we will discuss around mapping with Andreas Lang and Mara Ferreri. We will meet at public work’s studio in Hackney Wick at 2 and then walk over to the Wick Common Shop, a temporary space in residence until July in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. As part of R-Urban Wick, it “hosts events, workshops and exhibitions around the idea of the ‘Common Object’, artefacts which are not conceived for individual gain but which express ideas of a common good while at the same time unearthing and revealing hidden relationships or narratives about the locality.”
Wednesday 28 June 2014 – 18h00 – room 16.03
Fragile Possibilities in the Big Plans
Balconies, extensive and robust asphalt surfaces, ground floor flat windows and toilets, sand, back- and front gardens, occupied basement air-raid shelters, doors …
These are some of the material and spatial dimensions that residents’ appreciate and care for in three Scandinavian post-war modernist housing estates.
Revolving around such details this lecture explores fragile architectural strategies and theories that may contribute to the redevelopment of the Big Plans by motivating engagement with place and change over time.
Heidi Svenningsen Kajita is a Danish architect and currently PhD student at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
She was a senior lecturer at University of East London 2003-10, and has practiced in London with muf architecture/ art amongst others.
A talk and discussion with Yutaka Sho, 14th March 2012, 6pm
The Well, Floor 16, The Arts Tower
Yutaka is the founder of General Architecture Collaborative, a US-based design and advocacy firm that works with non-profit, municipal and academic partners. In Rwanda GAC is building a village and an accompanying community center for an association of widows of the 1994 genocide. She has researched and practiced in Lebanon, Bangladesh, Turkey, Uganda and Japan. Currently Yutaka is an assistant professor of architecture at Syracuse University. She received master’s degree in architecture from Graduate School of Design at Harvard upon completing her thesis to design a network of public spaces for women in an informal settlement in Izmir, Turkey.