Free Seminar: Toilet Talks: a speaker event on bodies, identities & design, Mon 29th June, Manchester

Toilet Talks: a speaker event on bodies, identities & design

Monday 29th June, 1-5.30pm, Brooks Building, Birley Campus Manchester Metropolitan University

Around the Toilet’ is a cross-disciplinary, arts-based research project exploring the toilet as a place of exclusion and belonging, by thinking particularly around gender and disability. To celebrate the launch of the project we are holding our first free public event in Manchester: a half-day speaker event featuring key figures in the field of toilet research, as well as an exciting range of cross-disiplinary voices on the history, design and role of public toilets.

Speakers will address questions, such as:

– What makes an accessible toilet?
– What can toilets tell us about social constructions of gender identity and disability?
– How have designers approached this most private of public spaces?
– What do the hidden histories of toilets in the city reveal?

List of speakers

– Jo-Anne Bichard (Royal College of Art), ‘Extending Architectural Affordance or How to Spend a Penny’
– Leo Care (University of Sheffield), ‘Around the Toilet: From Social Mess to Architectural Touchstone’
– Barbara Penner (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), ‘Redesigning for the User: Alexander Kira and the Ergonomic Bathroom’
– Morag Rose (University of Sheffield and co-founder of the Loiterers Resistance Movement), ‘Are You Engaged? The Secret World of Manchester’s Toilets’
– Clara Greed (Emerita Professor, University of Bristol), Closing Remarks and Discussant

The event is free and open to all members of the public, but please sign up for a ticket via Eventbrite. This page also tells you more about the location and accessibility. 

You can download the full abstracts via the project blog where you can also find out more about the project.


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