Events and Conferences

CFP: free workshop, ‘Space and Place’ – Sheffield Hallam University, 11th May

A workshop on ‘space and place’ which may be of interest to Disability Research Forum Members. The workshop will take place at Collegiate Campus, Sheffield Hallam University – more information on the location here.
Access info: The Moot Suite where the workshop will take place is inside the main entrance of The Heart of the Campus (HOTC) building. The access into HOTC at that location is level, wide and well-lit (perhaps gently ramped in parts). The Moot Suite is about 50m from the main entrance, arranged in the style of a courtroom but the seats themselves are fairly conventional. The HOTC building has several blue badge specific parking spaces right next to the main entrances. For further access information and/or to arrange a parking permit, please contact Jonathan Dean (
 The 11th May 2016 SHU Space & Place Group workshop at Collegiate Campus

The Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) Space & Place Group are planning an ‘awayday’ workshop at the end of Semester 2. All are very welcome. The workshop will take place in the Moot Suite (a mock courtroom) in the morning and then venture out into the campus during the afternoon. The outline programme will comprise:

 10-12.00 Selected papers (15 mins) on investigating space and place (*see Call For Papers below)

 12.00-12.45 Open discussion / summing up and tasking for afternoon session.

 12.45 -1.30 Lunch

 1.30-3.30 Engaging in groups or individually in various roaming interrogations of the Heart of the Campus, using various methods. This will be a nice follow on to the SHU SPG’s 2013 assay of the old Southbourne building. Followed by…

 3.30-4.30  A reporting back session and exploring potential for collaborative outputs (with a likely trip to the pub thereafter).


 Does your discipline engage with matters of space and place? Most do, albeit at a variety of scales, in myriad ways and for many divergent reasons. The interdisciplinary SHU Space and Place Group was set up in 2012 by Jenny Blain (Sociology), Luke Bennett (Natural & Built Environment), Cathy Burnett and Carol Taylor (Education) to explore the common ground between our various interests in space and place. It meets 3-4 times a year to discuss conceptual, methodological and practical issues around the question “how do we make sense of the spaces and places within which stuff of interest to us happens?”. In his 2012 book, The Memory of Place, Dylan Trigg suggests that an interdisciplinary ‘place studies’ has emerged in recent years at the intersection of philosophy, geography, architecture, urban design and environmental studies. But in our experience the ambit of place studies is even wider, for our group also includes SHU place-researching academics from education, management studies, law, sociology, psychology, real estate and performance studies. We are always keen to welcome new voices into our conversation and we’ve organised our (informal) ‘conference’ on 11 May 2016 as a way of widening participation in the Group’s endeavours. It will also showcase what we’ve already achieved through our group’s open and creative collaborations. So, if you’d like to come along and speak for 15 minutes on what space and place research means to you and/or how you have investigated space and place in your research, please submit a title and an up to 150 word abstract to Luke Bennett ( by 29 February 2016. A committee of SHU SPG members will then select speakers by mid March. In the afternoon session we intend to explore SHU’s new Heart of the Campus area, and use a variety of research methods to do so. The group attempted something similar at the former Southbourne building in 2013, and one of the papers arising from that – Jon Dean’s study of the assignment management zone and its sociality – has recently been published in the journal Qualitative Inquiry

 All are very welcome – please forward to anyone interested in participating. We will circulate a full programme once finalised and give directions on how to book a place. The event will be free to attend.

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