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The Centre for Urban and Community Research was established in 1994 as an interdisciplinary research centre within the Sociology Department of Goldsmiths, University of London. Today our research stretches from New Cross to New York, Hong Kong, Mexico City and Ljubljana. With core expertise ranging from visual sociology to digital geo-demography, the CUCR remains central to debates about community, ecology, governance, multiculture, citizenship, arts and media in contemporary cities.
Most of the world's population now lives in cities. Cities are increasingly key elements within global economic and cultural relations as they seek to establish corporate identities, compete for tourist trade and for the location of multinational headquarters and prestigious sporting events. The question of how to understand urban political and economic landscapes and the emerging forms of urban culture is perhaps the most pressing issue for the new Millennium.
Rethinking Centres and Peripheries, ESCR Research Seminar Series
CUCR, Goldsmiths & CURB, Univeristy of York
The research seminar series will contribute to important debates in the area of economic and urban geography, urban sociology, public policy, planning and environmental studies surrounding the uneven geographic development of cities especially in the wake of the financial crash of 2008. Lead by the Centre for URBan Research at the University of York (CURB) and with partners from Goldsmiths (Centre for Urban and Community Research) and Newcastle (Global Urban Research Unit) there will be a total of three seminars, one at each institution.
The research network that will develop around the series is based around two established and one new urban research centre each of which have complementary but distinct missions. The aim of the series is to discuss empirical research and conceptual work encouraging attention to common and important challenges for towns and cities in Britain today.
To see the program of the upcoming "Vulnerabilities in the Core" seminar, click here.
To attend the seminar, please contact Francisco Calafate (email@example.com). Places are limited.
For more info on upcoming seminars click here:
IVSA 2013 Annual Conference:
The Public Image
The International Visual Sociology Association 2013 Annual Conference will take place from 8 to 10 July 2013 at Goldsmiths, University of London. The conference will be hosted by CUCR - Centre for Urban and Community Research gold.ac.uk/cucr
Inspired by Michael Burawoy’s concept of “public sociology,” we dedicate the 2013 IVSA conference to the concept of the “public image”, and the ways that visual sociology can meet Burawoy’s challenge to bring a sociological understanding of social life to a vibrant, active and diverse public. Public sociology endeavors to bring sociology into dialogue with audiences beyond the academy, an open dialogue in which both sides deepen their understanding of public issues. Themes covered this year include:
activisim and engagement * walking and seeing the city * surveillance * public and private images * resilience and urban change * social networks and virtual image worlds * new visual methodologies * rethinking visual theory * urban visibilities and invisibilities * visual ethics * visual sociological publics
We invite visual sociologists and related scholars, including independent scholars and other visual practitioners, to take part in this event!
As well as the parallel panel session, the conference will also include keynote and plenary addresses, walks, and workshops. The 2013 Rieger Award will be announced and celebrated during the meetings.
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