The story of a street


When I started working at Manchester Met I met up with some friends of mine who are theatre makers. We had a great conversation about our shared interests in communities and how people use spaces. We all got busy and whilst the ideas were still bubbling under, we never took anything forward. Fast forward to December 2016…we decided to play with some of those ideas further.

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Processions of Witness

It is a huge oversight on my part but I have not blogged for a while! There are probably 2 reasons:

1) I got a new job so have been settling in to that – new teaching means I spend a lifetime writing powerpoints

2) I am a sufferer of impostor syndrome so occasionally turn to mush and am unable to communicate my ideas with any confidence!

Anyway, time to get this old thing back on the road!

Myself and a colleague here at MMU, Dr. Tim Edensor, put together a proposal for a small study which has been awarded a pot of funding (maybe enough to get half the interviews transcribed…but that is better than nothing). Here are the details to whet your appetite!

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Not been to a house party for a while but….

….The wonderful Urbanistas have invited me to lead a session as part of House Party 2015 which is taking place in Manchester on 23-24 June. The event is an ‘unconference’ developed by HACT and runs as a sort of fringe event to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference.

This event is allowing me to develop some ideas which I have blogged about previously in relation to the @ElusiveEdge project (I intend to write more about this soon as I ran a ‘crafternoon tea’ recently as part of this but not had chance to fully process the ideas!). Yet it is also allowing me to play with some ideas I have been brewing quietly with my lovely mentor and excellent sociologist friend from another university. We have not had chance to really develop this further yet so I am taking this as an opportunity to start that process in a creative way.

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The Reluctant Protagonist #culturalcache

Last week was the first ‘divergent dialogue’ of a series of events which form part of the ‘Elusive Edge’ project.

The project is funded by the Institute of Cultural Capital based in Liverpool John Moores University in partnership with University of Liverpool. This is a truly multidisciplinary team of researchers from across both universities and the focus is exploring the cultural leadership ‘at the edges’.

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Banal Creativity

I have submitted my abstract for a conference this summer and I always like to use it as an opportunity to play with new and emerging thoughts! I am going to be curating an event this year as part of a project I am involved in with a diverse bunch of lovely and inspiring academics so thought I would use that event as the focal point of the paper.

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Dog walking and Scrapbooking

I remember as a kid, delete that….I remember until a couple of months ago I cut things out of magazines and stuck them in a book. I did this for no other reason than I liked the pictures and wanted to save them. Most of the things I cut out were from glossy interior magazines…I am guessing this is pretty common? I will never buy the things I cut out so what made me save them in a book I never showed anyone? Continue reading