Events Archive

Davina Drummond, Lawrence Bradby & Alison Rooke in Conversation

Sat 27 Jul 2013, 3.30pm, £5/£3 conc

Artists Davina Drummond (in collaboration with Yara-El Sherbini) and Lawrence Bradby (of Townley and Bradby) discuss their recent residencies in local children’s centres, exploring the relationship between contemporary parenting and well-being, with Alison Rooke, Co-Director of the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

Booking is essential. 

Urban Photography: A Series of Conversations

2 July 2013: Nick Cobb in conversation with
Paul Halliday (Goldsmiths, University of London)
6.30 - 8.30 pm, RHB 137A - Richard Hoggart Building
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London SE14 6NW
Limited seats available rsvp essential:
3 July 2013: Stephen J. Morgan in conversation with
Paul Halliday (Goldsmiths, University of London) 
6.30 - 8.30 pm, The Wapping Project Bankside
65a Hopton Street, London SE1 9LR
Limited seats available rsvp essential:
4 July 2013: Elisabeth Blanchet in conversation with
David Kendall (Goldsmiths, University of London)
6.30 - 8.30 pm, Photofusion, 17A Electric Lane, London SW9 8LA 
Limited seats available rsvp essential:

‘The Public Image’ : International Visual Sociology Association 2013 Annual Conference

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.

We are now inviting visual sociologists and related scholars, including independent scholars and other visual practitioners, to submit proposals for papers in one of the 
conference panels

Abstracts of 250 words maximum should be sent directly to panel chairs as indicated in the call. The deadline for submitting paper abstracts is 31st March 2013.

Conference Theme

Inspired by Michael Burawoy’s concept of “public sociology”, the 2013 IVSA conference is dedicated 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.  Submissions are sought for a wide range of panels, including:

· Visual Methodologies Revisited

· Visual Research in Education

· On Mapping

· The Aesthetics of Activism: Strategies of Visibility

· The Public Image of Social Disruption

· Visual/Sensory Sociology and Natural Environments

· Teaching Visual Sociology: Sharing Practices

· Seeing What We Shouldn’t - Moral Boundaries, Profane Images and Public Photography

· Comics and the Public Image 

...and many more! 

As well as the parallel panel sessions, the conference will also include keynote and plenary addresses, walks, workshops, screenings, and more. The 2013 Rieger Award will be announced and celebrated during the meetings.

General inquiries:

Indian Kiss: Professor Franco La Cecla

CUCR Seminar, in collaboration with Laboratorio di Ricerca sulle Città, Università di Bologna. 

Wednesday 1 May 2013


RHB 137a

Franco La Cecla, anthropologist, urbanist, writer and director, tells the story of his trip through Bombay/Mumbai in search of a producer for his film about the censorship of the kiss in Bollywood films. Pursuing his favourite actress, he finds himself increasingly lost in Bombay daily life. The city becomes the main character in his quest through Bollywood Studios, where he is trapped in crazy traffic, among corrupt politicians and in elephantine building projects. Franco La Cecla’s journal is a tragi-comic attempt to describe Bombay/Mumbai ‘s daily life without an appeal to exotic stereotypes or the evasions of a "spiritual quest". 

The book he presents is an extraordinary account of an India unfamiliar in Europe, though it is the stuff of Bollywood films - an India that continues its tortuous and ambiguous relationship with the West.     

Franco La Cecla teaches cultural anthropology at the  University San Raffaele, Milan and at the  EPFL, Lausanne. He has taught at Venice (IUAV), Barcelona (UPC), and Berkeley (UCB). His publications include "Against Architecture"(PM Press, San Francisco) and “The culture of Ethics" (Chicago U. Press). La Cecla has been consultant to Renzo Piano and to the Mayor of Barcelona  and he is president of ASIA, Architecture Social Impact Development. Together with the director Stefano Savona, he has produced the documentary “Sicilia Tunisia, un confine di specchi” and “Gestualites Indiennes, Les portables en Inde”. (Centre Pompidou). 

Free. All welcome


Significant Wreckage: The Launch

w/ John Levett & Nick Scammell

Significant Wreckage is a curation of affronts to personal style, and the antithesis of cohesion; a provocation, a prodding & a nudging, an egging-on, a goading & an incitement. Also a motivation, a call-out, grounds for debate, reason to question, an occasion for discussion, a pretext for a jolly evening.  Thurs 10th Jan. 6-8pm. The Weston Atrium. NAB, Goldsmiths College. 

Towards a Grounded and Dynamic Sociology of Climate Change Adaptation

CUCR Seminar: Towards a Grounded and Dynamic Sociology of Climate Change Adaptation. Imagination, affect, place. and community. Talk by Professor Martin Mulligan of RMIT University, Melbourne to be held at Goldsmiths, in the New Academic Building room 326 on Wednesday 21st November from 2.00-3.30pm. All welcome.

Visual Urbanism: Perspectives on Contemporary Research

Conference of the International Association of Visual Urbanists (IAVU) 

When: Monday 8th October 2012, 9.30-5pm
Where: British Library, Conference Centre

Price: £10 (includes sandwich lunch & refreshments)

For tickets please book online at:

What does the emerging field of visual urbanism look like today? What is the current status of the visual within urban research?

The city is a dynamic entity and the ways in which researchers visualise the urban continue to emerge and evolve alongside the shifting metropolis. This is the inaugural event of the International Association of Visual Urbanists ( and is aimed at arts practioners and researchers from the humanities and social sciences who have an interest in visual urbanism. 

This interdisciplinary event will explore how urbanists use visual practice to investigate the city by examining a wide range of approaches, focusing on innovative methodologies currently being employed in urban research relating to the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Speakers include: Gillian Rose, The Open University; Nirmal Puwar, Goldsmiths, University of London; Susan Trangmar, Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design; Paul Halliday, Goldsmiths, University of London; Alison Rooke, Goldsmiths, University of London; Moustafa Traoré, Sorbonne University; Abbas Nokhasteh, Open Vizor; David Kendall, Goldsmiths, University of London; Rachel Jones, Goldsmiths, University of London.

In addition, there will be a series of film screenings during the lunch break.

This event is presented in association with Urban Photo Fest Urban Encounters, and Goldsmiths, University of London. 




Urban Photo Fest 2012

4-13 Oct 2012

Urban Photo Fest 2012 is an international festival focusing on urban photography and associated visual research. This international event draws on a wide range of approaches to image-making within contemporary and historical city-based photography and lens-media arts. It's primary aim is to provide critical engagement with and between the fields of visual urbanism, lens-based art practices, photojournalism, filmmaking, urban sociology, cultural geography, anthropology and art-history; in order to encourage dialogue between the visual and theoretical realms. Urban Photo Fest is supported by a number of internationally established photographic artists and institutions and will build upon the on-going annual iAVU (International Association of Visual Urbanists) and Goldsmiths, University of London. Urban Photo Fest will host conferences, exhibitions, conversations that will develop the field of visual urbanism in close cooperation with key urban theorists and visual practitioners whose work investigates the nature of city life, past and present. Visit the festival's website at for the full programme and details about bookings.

Participation in Photography

Memory, Archives and Authorship

'Participation in Photography: Memory, Archives and Authorship'  explored the social, political and ethical implications of participation and authorship in urban photography. The symposium will discover how photographers and artists collaborate and interact with people when making photographic projects in world cities. The event is part of the London Urban Photo Fest (taking place from 4-13 October 2012) in conjunction with CUCR, Goldsmiths and Urban Encounters. The symposium is curated by David Kendall, Ingrid Guyon and Valentina Schivardi.

Further information can be found at: