The Centre for Urban and Community Research presents an interactive workshop to explore the possibilities of writing and walking together.
In this full-day interactive event, we will think about the possibilities of writing and walking together. Following the provocations offered by our speakers Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmiths), Caroline Knowles (Goldsmiths) and Amani Hassani (Keele), workshop participants will be invited to carry out a walk in the vicinity of their own home/workspace, and to take part in a guided writing exercise that will be completed in real-time based on the walk.
The global pandemic and associated lockdowns have both curtailed the freedoms to walk and have generated new ways of walking. For many, worlds have shrunk, daily routines have been shaken up and we have become newly connected with our locality through new practices such as the ‘daily exercise walk’. This event provides a pause for reflection as to re-examining the use of walking as an inter-related practice of doing and writing research which might include describing our relationship and those of others to the city; attuning us to how different forms of power unfold in and through public space; reckoning with past, presents and futures of the spaces we move through.
The online event makes use of the possibilities of this format by offering a mix of talks by three speakers who write about walking in different ways, a practical exercise where participants will be asked to carry out their own walk in the vicinity of their own home/workspace, and a guided writing exercise. Attendees will be encouraged to develop their writing to submit to Street Signs, the CUCR blog.
10.00am - 12pm – Introduction (Emma Jackson) and talks by Nirmal Puwar, Caroline Knowles and Amani Hassani (with a comfort break midway)
12pm – 12.30pm - Lunch break
12.30pm - 2pm – Independent walks
2pm - 3pm – Guided writing
3pm – 3.30pm – Small group reflection
3.30pm - 4pm – Closing remarks
(All times are BST)
This event will take place over Zoom. The link to join the Zoom event will be sent out via email in advance of the event. Please ensure that you have a registered Zoom account in order to join the meeting.
All are welcome. Please note this is a full-day event with limited spaces, please only register if you can attend the whole programme.
Emma Jackson (Goldsmiths)
Nirmal Puwar (Goldsmiths)
Caroline Knowles (Goldsmiths)
Amani Hassani (Keele)
Image credit: Lily Mae Kroese
Dates & times
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|10 May 2021||10:00am - 4:00pm|
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