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Shaping Agendas in Justice Research

A One day pre-conference event - 10.30am – 5.30pm Monday 2nd July 2012

A pre-conference event is being hosted jointly by the Geographies of Justice Research Group of the RGS-IBG and the Risk, Resilience and Social Justice Research Cluster at the University of Dundee. The aim of the event is to stimulate discussion and debate with a view to developing justice related research agendas within and beyond Geography.

Details forthcoming ...




Polypolis_Athens: Become an Athenian

at the London Festival of Architecture, in the context of the Cultural Olympiad 2012

Introductory meeting: Wednesday May 2nd 2012, 17.00-19.00 at Evonymos Ecological Library, 9 Agion Asomaton street, Thesseio, 105 53 Athens tel. 2103316516






Cosmopolitan Strangers at Europe’s Invisible Borders: Arguments for a Multidisciplinary Political Sociology

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Rumford

Professor of Political Sociology & Global Politics, Royal Holloway, University of London

Date: Tuesday 8 February 2011, 6.15pm

Venue: Windsor Building Auditorium




BFI Southbank – NFT1 - 17.20 – 20 November 2010 – film & panel discussion on Patrick Keiller’s film Robinson in Ruins

Patrick Keiller’s film Robinson in Ruins, released on 19 November, is one of several outcomes of a three-year, AHRC-funded research collaboration between Keiller, Doreen Massey, Patrick Wright and Matthew Flintham.

Following a screening of the film, the co-researchers will present their project as a political intervention. Through its study of a landscape, the project challenges commonly-held assumptions about the current economic and ecological crises: about market forces, commodification, and the terms of belonging in an age supposedly characterised by mobility and displacement.







During 2009-2011, the Rutgers node has organized an extensive university-wide series of nearly two hundred lectures, colloquia, panel discussions, and other events exploring the theme of “Ecologies in the Balance.” For the current academic year 2010-2011, they have designated eight specific events to inaugurate the Spaces of Democracy initiative at Rutgers. These are as follows:


March 23 Sharyle Patton, Health and Environment Program, Commonweal
“Our Body Burden of Toxic Chemicals: Implications for Chemical Policy Reform”



Feb 23 Daniel Nepstad, Woods Hole Research Institute “Can Carbon Carry the Global Conservation Agenda?”



Feb 9 Ananya Roy, City and Regional Planning, University of California-Berkeley
“The Urban Century: Ecologies and Epistemologies of Dwelling in the Global South”



Nov 19 Mazen Labban, Geography, University of Miami
“State, Class, and Oil: Sovereignty Over Natural Resources, Nationalization, and Economic Development in Mexico, 1920-2000”



Oct 29 Carolyn Finney, Geography, University of California-Berkeley
“There Goes the Neighborhood: Race, Resilience and Environmental Change”



Oct 27 Matthew Jelacic, Architecture, University of Colorado
“Traumatic Urbanization and its Consequences”



Oct 26 Etienne Balibar, Paris X-Nanterre, University of California-Irvine
“Europe: the Final Crisis?



Sept 27 Steve Lerner, Research Director, Commonweal
“Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the US"


Joanna Regulska
Professor of Women's Studies and Geography
Dean of International Programs
School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers University
77 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA
tel 1-732-932-2699 ext 159
fax 1-732-932-1226

Robert W. Lake
Professor and Graduate Director
Director of the Doctoral Program
Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy
Rutgers University
33 Livingston Avenue, Suite 400
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 USA
tel 1-732-932-3133 ext 521
fax 1-732-932-2363





A one day workshop centred around a debate between Doreen Massey and David Harvey Friday 19th November, 2010.

Organised by Chantal Mouffe (node Director at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Westminster). This will be held at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW. For further details contact Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos





Ananya Roy: Monday, Oct 11, 6:00pm, Kane Hall, University of Washington

Organised by Katharyne Mitchell (node Director University of Washington) and Victoria Lawson at University of Washington.

There will also be a preliminary seminar on Friday, Oct 8, 2:30 – 5:20pm, CMU 202 and a concluding seminar on Tuesday, Oct 12, 3:30 – 5:20pm, CMU 202 where there will be a discussion of intersections between public lecture, Roy’s publications and her public activism and scholarship.






 It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine): why environmentalism has failed and what comes next

Paul Kingsnorth

22nd February 2010, 5.30pm, Beehive, Room 2.21. Newcastle University.


For an audio recording of this talk click here


Paul Kingsnorth has worked in an orang utan rehabilitation centre in Borneo, as a peace observer in the rebel Zapatista villages of Mexico, as a floor-sweeper in McDonalds and as an assistant lock-keeper on the river Thames. He studied history at Oxford University between 1991 and 1994, was arrested during the Twyford Down road protests of 1993 and was named one of Britain's 'top ten troublemakers' by the New Statesman magazine in 2001.

Paul has worked on the comment desk of the Independent, as commissioning editor for and as deputy editor of The Ecologist. He is also an award-winning poet, and an honorary member of the Lani tribe of New Guinea. He has written for most UK newspapers and many other publications at home and abroad, and appeared on radio and TV.

Paul's first book, One No, Many Yeses (Simon and Schuster, 2003), an investigative journey through the 'anti-globalisation' movement, was published in six languages in thirteen countries. His second book, Real England, was published by Portobello Books in 2008. His debut poetry collection, Kidland, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. In 2009 he co-founded of the Dark Mountain Project.

Paul will be giving a version of his contribution to the book What is Radical Politics Today? Edited by Jonathan Pugh of Newcastle University, and published in November 2009 by Palgrave-Macmillan.

Those interested in attending should email Jonathan Pugh (




Psychoanalysis@LSE public lecture

‘Authority, Enjoyment and the Spirits of Capitalism’ -  Yannis Stavrakakis – Friday 12 February 6.30pm
(Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, London School of Economics & Political Science, Aldwych, London WC2A 2AE)

How is order sustained in capitalist societies?  A psychoanalytically-inspired approach highlights the mutual engagement between authority, fantasy and enjoyment in securing the ethical hegemony of the ‘spirits of capitalism’.

Yannis Stavrakakis is associate professor of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and author of The Lacanian Left.

This lecture is free and open to all, with no ticket required.  Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. For further information, email<> or call 020 7955 7700.






Children and Cities

Ken Worpole

 1st February 2010, 5.30pm, Beehive, Room 2.21. Newcastle University

After the Second World War, architects, planners and politicians across Europe privileged the role of the child in the city. Yet today one or more children on the street is considered a social problem in the making. How did we get to this impasse and how can we get out of it?

A writer and environmentalist, Ken Worpole is one of Britain’s most influential writers on architecture, landscape and public policy issues. He has an Honorary Doctorate from Middlesex University, and is a Senior Professor at The Cities Institute, London Metropolitan University. He has served on the UK government Urban Green Spaces Task Force, and has been an adviser to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (See )

“For many years, Ken Worpole has been one of the shrewdest and sharpest observers of the English social landscape” (The Independent).

Ken will be giving a version of his contribution to the book What is Radical Politics Today? Edited by Jonathan Pugh of Newcastle University, and published in November 2009 by Palgrave-Macmillan.

Those interested in attending should email Jonathan Pugh (



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15 January 2010, CSD Encounter

with Charles Taylor

University of Westminster, London


On 15 January 2010, the Centre of the Study of Democracy (CSD) at the University of Westminster, London, will host its annual "CSD Encounter", a one-day open event at which the work of a leading scholar in the fields of political theory, international relations or cultural studies is presented and discussed in his or her presence. The CSD Encounter includes workshop sessions followed by a public lecture in the evening.
This time the Encounter will be with political philosopher Charles Taylor. The event will start with two panels on Charles Taylor´s contribution to political theory followed by a public lecture given by Charles Taylor himself.



What is Radical Politics Today?

Debate and book launch

1.30pm, 25th November 2009, Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1Y 5BJ


Those who are interested in attending should contact

Those who come to the book launch, or attend Spaces of Democracy and Democracy of Space events more generally, will get 25% off the paperback purchase price.



Catherine Fieschi (Director of Counterpoint, The Think Tank of the British Council;

Jonathan Pugh (Director, the Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space network;

Dan Porter (Marketing Executive, Palgrave Macmillan).


Doreen Massey, Saskia Sassen and David Chandler.



Book launch of 'What is Radical Politics Today?'

Edited by Jonathan Pugh, Senior Academic Fellow, Newcastle University.

A crisis makes you re-think your life. The recent economic crisis is no exception. All of us are now thinking how the world could be run differently. Despite this, a radical alternative has hardly emerged to mobilise the masses, which begs the question: What is radical politics today? In this book, leading academics, politicians, journalists and activists attempt to pinpoint an answer, debating the issues facing radical politics in the 21st Century. Rarely united in their opinions, they collectively interrogate the character and spirit of being radical in our times.



Including original contributions from Zygmunt Bauman, Frank Furedi, Paul Kingsnorth, James Heartfield, Terrell Carver, Clare Short, Edward W. Soja, David Chandler, Hilary Wainwright, Dora Apel, Michael J. Watts, Jason Toynbee, James Martin, Jeremy Gilbert and Jo Littler, Doreen Massey, Gregor McLennan, Tariq Modood, Nick Cohen, Amir Saeed and David Bates, Alastair Bonnett, Ken Worpole, Sheila Jasanoff, Nigel Thrift, Will Hutton, Saul Newman, Chantal Mouffe, David Featherstone, Alejandro Colas and Jason Edwards, David Boyle, and Saskia Sassen.


To hear the debate


To see David Chandler interviewed at the launch




To see the British Council's coverage of the debate

For a review of the book launch by Clive Gabay

To purchase the book

Click here for a transcript of the event



The future of social democracy in Europe - ongoing debate


Major online debate about the future of social democracy in Europe. The debate is hosted by Social Europe journal ( and Soundings journal ( and supported by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung ( ) and Compass (


Contributions should be no more than 700 words in length. The debate is running from November to January 2010 with over 50 contributors to date from across Europe.

 If anyone would like to contribute, can they contact Jonathan Rutherford at and he will send them further information and a deadline.







The Future of Democracy: Prospects and Challenges

Which way forwards for the European Union


Friday, 13 November 2009, 10.30am to 1pm
The Pavilion, University of Westminster
115 Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW

RSVP Charlotte Regan


Round-table discussion

Thomas Ferenczi (Paris)
Fernand Keuleneer (Brussels)
Kalypso Nicolaidis (Oxford)
Frieder Otto Wolf (Berlin)

The Round-table will be chaired and introduced by Chantal Mouffe (London)

Now that the Irish have finally voted in favour of the ratification of the Lisbon treaty, a decisive step in the consolidation of the European Union might hopefully take place. After years of uncertainty - initiated by the rejection of the Constitutional Treatise by the French and the Dutch - concerning the future of the European institutions, the possibility now exists to envisage the future in a more optimistic way. But a successful future requires fostering among the people of Europe a real allegiance towards the European project. To be sure, with the financial crisis many people began to realize the importance of being in the EU, however its popularity remains at a very low ebb. A few decades ago things were different though, and the European project appeared as expressing the aspirations of many people and as able to awaken their enthusiasm. What has happened to bring about this change? Which mistakes have been made to explain the current disaffection with the EU? Many explanations have been offered which range for the geo-political transformations linked to the end of the Cold War, the resistances against a too rapid process of enlargement, imposed from the top without popular consultation. The criticism most often rehearsed is the lack of legitimacy of the EU due to its democratic deficit. What can be done to reverse this trend? Which model should European unification adopts? How could common forms of identification be established among the citizens of Europe, so as to mobilize their affects around a European vision that does not negates their differences? Those are some of the issues that will be discussed by a panel composed of specialists from various countries and several disciplines.





Geographies of Power

A Lecture on Venezuela by Doreen Massey

Simón Bolívar Hall
54 Grafton Way

Tuesday 27th October 2009,
7-30pm - 9.00pm


Venezuela is experimenting with new forms of democracy. It aims to address the balance between the dominant coastal cities and the rest  of the country. And it is inventing new structures of participatory democracy to parallel those of the representative democracy of the state. In other words, it has taken seriously the important relation between power and space. And in doing so, it has drawn on a concept of Doreen Massey’s: ‘power geometry’. The fourth motor of the revolution, as set out in 2007, is the need to build ‘una nueva geometría del poder’.

In this talk, Doreen Massey reflects on this relation between geography and power, on the Venezuelan experiment, and on the use of the idea of geometries of power in building a more democratic society.

In co-ordination with the Cultural  Section of the Venezuelan Embassy.





Department of Sociology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 1 October 2009 at 13h00 in room 403 on the fourth floor of the Arts Building

Prof Daiva Stasiulis from the Department of Sociology at Carleton University in Canada on "If Care-Giving were 'natural' to Men: The Implications of the Re-Gendering of Care Responsibilities for the Global Chain of Care"





University of Bristol, 18-19 September 2009

Interdisciplinary Workshop on 'Disciplining Dissent'
Verdon Smith Room, Institute for Advanced Studies, Royal Fort House

Call for Registration

Recent years have seen an upsurge of scholarly interest in the activities
and significance of the activist groups and resistance movements which have
come to be associated with 'anti-globalisation' politics.  Whilst analyses
of the diverse assemblages, solidarity movements and activist networks
involved in resisting neoliberal globalisation and promoting alternatives
are an important addition to literatures on globalisation and global
politics, there has been a tendency in some of this work to romanticise the
activities and transformative capacities of these groups and networks.
What is often missing from the analysis is consideration of the formal and
informal forms of discipline that operate towards, within and through
resistance movements - be it through coercive repression, through
interventions to co-opt social movements, or through the production of
particular resisting subjects.

We are organising an interdisciplinary workshop at the University of
Bristol on 18-19 September 2009 that will explore the different forms of
discipline and power that operate towards, within and through contemporary
resistance movements.  The workshop builds on a panel session at the
British International Studies Association Annual Conference in Exeter in
December 2008 and a collaborative workshop held at the International
Studies Association Annual Convention in New York in February 2009 that
explored these themes.  It will bring together scholars from diverse
disciplinary backgrounds who share an interest in the ways in which
contemporary forms of political dissent, such as those represented by
'anti'- or 'alter-globalisation movement(s)', are both disciplined and

Selected papers from the workshop will be published in a special issue of
the journal Globalizations, which will be dedicated to the theme of
Disciplining Dissent.

The workshop fee is £30 (with a discounted rate of £20 for research
students/low incomes) and includes lunch and refreshments on both days.

For more details, and to download a registration form, please go to  

Registration forms must be returned to Louise Chambers ( by Wednesday 19th August.  Places are strictly limited, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact Lara Coleman ( and Karen Tucker
( if you require any further information.





ESPACIOS DE LA DEMOCRACIA DEMOCRACIAS DEL ESPACIO, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 26, 27 y 28 de Agosto de 2009


Gloria Guzmán-DIE/Cinvestav
Tel.: 54832800 Ext. 1088
Proyecto Democracia y territorio
Tel: 55441386
Correo electrónico:
(por motivos de cupo es necesario registrarse)

Convocamos a participar en este encuentro diversas instituciones de educación superior:

• Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Proyecto Democracia y Territorio y Proyecto DGAPA-PAPIIT IN400309. Alteridad y Exclusiones; Diccionario para el Debate, ambos de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras; Programa Universitario de Estudios de Género y Posgrado en Pedagogía).

• Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados (Departamento de Investigaciones Educativas y Programa de Análisis Político de Discurso e Investigación).

• Universidad Iberoamericana (Departamento de Educación y línea de Educación y Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil).

La Web Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Spaces, se inició en 2006 en el Reino Unido y se han realizado alrededor de 16 eventos académicos en los nodos de más de seis países debatiéndose temas afines a los que discutiremos en México.

Las diversas problematizaciones en torno al espacio como red significante negociada políticamente, abren una multiplicidad de consideraciones en torno a las formas de los proyectos democráticos contemporáneos. La redefinición de espacios, territorios, fronteras, en todas las escalas geopolíticas, invita a la discusión de formas y modalidades de acción política ciudadana. Este tipo de reflexiones serán objeto del evento.


Se trata de un primer evento en el que nos proponemos la contribución de diversas perspectivas disciplinarias y teóricas en torno a los espacios de la democracia y a las democracias del espacio, con miras al enriquecimiento de la mirada y el reconocimiento de las tensiones entre ellas. Este evento consta de dos fases, la primera que será en agosto está compuesta de una conferencia inaugural impartida por Japhy Wilson y de seis mesas; la segunda que será en noviembre consta de una conferencia magistral dictada por Chantal Mouffe y comentada por académicas mexicanas.


For a full programme of this workshop click here




Making It Happen: Women in Public Leadership
A Workshop of the Spaces of Democracy / Democracy of Space Network

June 25-27, 2009, California State University, Long Beach

Mary Ngo, Amy Graham, Unna Lassiter and Deborah Thien, California State University, Long Beach, Department of Geography.




Political Lunch Chat: One Day Workshop, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, Systems Seminar Room, Venables Building, Friday 19 June 2009, 10:00-16:00.

The workshop aims to create a space for discussing the public relevance of research. Do we have any responsibilities beyond our research as academics, and if so what are they? What does 'being political' mean for an academic and what does it involve? Does the 'political' speak for itself, or do we need to articulate this politics beyond the academy; and if so, how? Does our work give us a valid platform from which to engage with these issues?

Speakers: Jeremy Gilbert, Nick Dines, Paul Chatterton, Jenny Pickerill, Jon Clarke.

If you would like to reserve a place at the workshop, please contact: or by the 30th April.  Places are limited to 30.

This workshop was co-organised by Uli Beisel, Alex Wafer, Simon Hutta, Clive Gabay and Prof. Doreen Massey, and has been enabled with the generous support of the Open University Department of Geography and the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance:-






Symposium ‘Rethinking Democracy Promotion in the Post-Bush Era: Lessons from Political Theory’
International Politics Department, Aberystwyth University 21st May, 2009, 9am-4pm

Event organised by ‘Political Economies of Democratisation’-project (funded by the European Research Council under the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme, 2007-2013)

The symposium seeks to reconsider the role of the currently dominant liberal-democratic tradition of thought in democracy promotion, as well as explore other possible democratic models and alternatives in relation to the idea of democracy promotion. The speakers include: Prof. John Keane, Prof. Magnus Ryner, Dr. Beate Jahn, Prof. Heikki Patomaki, Prof. Robin Hahnel (in absentia), Prof. Michael Foley and Prof. Howard Williams.

Attendance is free but attendees are asked to email Milja Kurki ( to inform the organisers of intent to attend.







The First Annual Doreen Massey Lecture: spatial delights/ an engagement with the work of Doreen Massey

RSVP: Jan Smith • • (0)1908 654 456

Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington GoreLondon, SW7 2AR11 March 20092–7pm.

Panellists will include: Ash Amin, Olafur Eliasson, Stuart Hall, Ken Livingstone,Chantal Mouffe, Jamie Peck, Michael Rustin, Nigel Thrift and Jane Wills.





The ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 12th- 13th February, 2009 - node director - Benedikt Korf and Joris Van Wezemael (co-organised by David Featherstone)

“Space, Contestation and the Political: A Workshop on Planning, Development and Resistance”

Involving Barnett, Hillier, Spencer,Dikec, Marchart, Featherstone, Korf, Kothari, Van Wezemael, Schetter, Doerfler, Schlichte, Geiser, Schmid, Strohmayer, Certoma, Fall, Davies, and Saether.

Sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council.


For audio clips of this workshop click here

For a full programme of this workshop click here






An Encounter with Stuart Hall, Friday 6th February 2009.

Involving Doreen Massey, Martin Jacques, Larry Grossberg, Jonathan Rutherford, Francoise Verges, Angela McRobbie, Isaac Julien, Bill Schwarz and Stuart Hall.

Fyvie Hall, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW.

If you could contact to indicate your attendance to help us keep check on numbers, it would be much appreciated.

Click here for programme.






The Athens Byzantine and Christian Museum in collaboration with SARCHA (School of ARCHitecture for All), Athens, node directors – Yannis Stavrakakis and Maria Theodorou (19- -20th December, 2008)

“Negotiating the Un-built: Interdisciplinary Interactions on Space and Democracy”

Involving: Dimitris Konstantios, M. Konstantoglou, P. Astreinidou, A. Lada, P. Nikiforidis, B. Cuomo, M. Papanikolaou, R. Sakellaridou, M. Kokkinou, A. Kourkoulas, D. Isaias, T. Papaioanou, Christine Boyer, T. Stopanni, Papalexopoulos, Astiko keno, Merijn Oudenampsen, Yiorgos Tzirtzilakis, A-topia, Kaliope Kontozoglou, Elias Zenghelis, Maria Theodorou, Yannis Stavrakakis and Jonathan Pugh. There will also be an exhibition opening of the Thessaloniki architecture competition of the Jewish Community.

Sponsored by the Economic and Social Research, The Athens Byzantine and Christian Museum and SARCHA (School of ARCHitecture for All).


For video clips of this workshop click here






Hunter Council Chamber, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, November and December 2008, node director David Carter

"Intellectual Property and the Productivity of Spatial Difference". Launch of the New Zealand Node of the Spaces of Democracy and Democracy of Space Network (2nd Dec, 2008).

This roundtable is part of a series of network events in November and December at Victoria University of Wellington including Professor Rosemary Coombe, Dr Alejandro Groppo, Dr Mark Devenney, Dr Aletta Norval, and Dr David Howarth, ending with the Conference on Contemporary Critical Theories on Saturday, December 13, 2008.





Newcastle University, 5th December, 2009, Public Debate, organised by Jonthan Pugh

"What is radical politics today?"

Will Hutton and Anthony Giddens, in discussion with Jonathan Pugh.

Sponsored by the Newcastle University Public Lecture Series.


For video clips of this workshop click here

Will Hutton, Jonathan Pugh and Anthony Giddens discussing "What is radical politics today?"






Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India - 27-28 November, 2008, node director - Swapna Banerjee-Guha

“Urban Neoliberalism: Restructuring South Asian Cities” Launch of the South Asia node of the Spaces of Democracy and Democracy of Space Network.

Involving Prof. Nazrul Islam, Prof. Akbar Zaidi, Ms. Salma Shafi, Dr.Usha Ramanathan, Dr. Sanjukta Mukherjee, Navtej Kaur Bhutani, Dr. Siddharth Dhende, Dr. Pritpal Singh Randhawa, Geeta Ramakrishnan, Pradeep Singh, Simpreet Singh, Agnel Menezes, Umesh Varma, Kishaloy Banerjee

Sponsored by the Economic and Social Research.


For video clips of this workshop click here






The Athens Byzantine and Christian Museum in collaboration with SARCHA (School of ARCHitecture for All), Athens, ( 27-28 November 2008)


International SymposiumLaw’s Un-built

Organiser: Dr A. Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

Speakers: Dr Sharron A. FitzGerald,  Dr Julia Chryssostalis, Dr Chris Butler, Dr David Marrani, Dr Andrea Brighenti, Dr A. Mitsolidou, Dr S. Manolkidis, Dr Fiona McAuslan, Dr Maria Drakopoulou, Dr Lieve Gies, Prof Zenon Bankowski, Maksymilian Del Mar.





The Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, node director – Chantal Mouffe, 14th Nov, 2008.

“Universe versus pluriverse: thinking space and democracy globally”

Including: Chantal Mouffe; Radhika Desai; Costas Douzinas; Scott Lash; Doreen Massey; William Rasch; Harriet Evans; Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos; Andreas Kalyvas; Liza Griffin; Paulina Tambakaki; Jonathan Pugh.

Sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council.


For video clips of this workshop click here



Doreen Massey, examining the nature of the 'spatial turn' .


William Rasch, exploring (post)territoriality.





California State University, Long Beach  – 5th August  2008, node director, Deborah Thien

“Ontology, Space and Radical Politics?” 

Speakers including: Nigel Thrift, Ed Soja, John Paul Jones III, Sallie Marston, Keith Woodward, Mary Thomas, Lawrence Berg, Liz Philipose, Laura Pulido, Gilda Haas, Goetz Wolff.

Sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council and California State University.


Nigel Thrift, at the Long Beach event in 2008.

Lawrence Berg, at the Long Beach event in 2008.


Ed Soja talks about the consequences of the spatial turn, at the Long Beach event in California.




John Paul Jones III, Sallie Marston, Keith Woodward, at the Long Beach event in 2008.

For video clips of this workshop click here







Essex University, 12th - 13th June, 2008, Colchester, United Kingdom, node directors, David Howarth and Aletta Norval.

Capitalism, Faith, Nature

Speakers: William Connolly, Jane Bennett






Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) Goldsmiths College, University of London – June 6th 2008 - organised by Noortje Marres

“The Physique of the Public”.


Speakers: Andrew Barry, Jane Bennett, Matthew Fuller, Albena Yaneva, Christopher Fynsk, Javier Lezaun, David Oswell, Claire Waterton, Brian Wynne, Gail Davies, Kate Nash.

Sponsored by the CSISP and the British Academy.   



Jane Bennett and Andrew Barry at the Goldsmiths College event, June 6th 2008.







Essex University – March 12th 2008 – network node directors - David Howarth and Aletta Norval.

“The Space of Democracy and the Democracy of Space: Reflections upon the vision for the network by early career academics”.

Speakers: Jonathan Pugh, Noortje Marres, David Featherstone, Liza Griffin.

Sponsored by University of Essex and the ESRC.



The audience at the early career workshop, Essex University, March 12th, 2008.

Newcastle University – 21st January, 2008 - public debate, organised by Jonathan Pugh and Caspar Hewett.

‘Authority, Democracy and Human potential

(in association with The Great Debate)

Speakers: Caspar Hewett

Sponsored by The Great Debate and the ESRC.


Caspar Hewett, at "Authority, Democracy and Human Potential", Newcastle University, 21st January, 2008.






Newcastle University – 11th January, 2008, organised by Jonathan Pugh.

“The Spaces of Democracy of Planning”

Speakers: Professor John Forester (Cornell), Professor Patsy Healey (Newcastle University), Professor Susan Owens (University of Cambridge) and Professor Maarten Hajer (Universiteit van Amsterdam).

Sponsored by the ESRC, the Global Urban Research Unit, Newcastle University, and the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University.


For video clips of this workshop click here

Newcastle University – 12th October, 2007, organised by Jonathan Pugh.

“Space-time and the political”.

Speakers: Professor Doreen Massey (Open University), Professor Chantal Mouffe (Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster), Professor Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen), and Professor David Howarth (University of Essex). Participants including David Featherstone, Clive Barnett, Terrell Carver, Sarah Whatmore, Steve Hinchliffe, Jean Hillier, Nina Laurie, Liza Griffin, Debirah Thien, Andy Gillespie, John Pendlebury, Alastair Bonnett, Sandra Halperin, David Oswell, Oliver Moss and David Wood.

Sponsored by the ESRC.


David Howarth, Jonathan Pugh, Tim Ingold, Terrell Carver, Noortje Marres, Deborah Thien and Chantal Mouffe ... some of the people who attended "Space-time and the Political", Newcastle University, 12th Oct, 2007.






Annual Conference of the Institute of British Geographers/ Royal Geography Society – 30th August, 2007, organised by Jonathan Pugh and Oliver Moss.

“Critical Territorial Politics”. Speakers: Sir Bernard Crick, Hilary Wainwright (Editor, Red Pepper), Professor David Chandler (Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster), Tony Benn and Professor Sarah Whatmore (University of Oxford). Sponsored by the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, the RGS-IBG Participatory Geographies Working Group and ESRC.

from Left to Right: Tony Benn, Sir Bernard Crick, Sarah Whatmore, Jonathan Pugh, Hilary Wainwright and David Chandler


Hilary Wainwright, talking at the RGS, 2007.

Newcastle University - 25th June, 2007 - public debate, organised by Jonathan Pugh and Oliver Moss.

“The New Politics of Climate Change”

Speakers: Professor Steve Rayner (Director: James Martin Institute, University of Oxford; Professor Phil Macnaghten (Director: Institute for Hazard and Risk Research, Durham University); and Dr Joe Smith (School of Social Sciences, Open University).

Sponsored by Newcastle City Council, the Economic and Social Research Council’s Science in Society Programme and the Royal Town Planning Institute (Northern Branch).

Newcastle University – 19th May, 2007, organised by Jonathan Pugh.

“Debating (de)territorial governance”.

Speakers: Professor David Chandler (Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster), Dr Caspar Hewitt (Newcastle University), Barry Gills (Newcastle University), Hartmut Behr (Newcastle University).

Sponsored by The Great Debate and the ESRC.







Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) seminar - 15th May, 2007, organised by Chantal Mouffe.

“Representation and its discontents”.  

Speakers Dr Jonathan Pugh (Newcastle University).

Sponsored by CSD.





Cornell University – 6th April, 2007, organised by John Forester.

“The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space: The Claim of International Development”.

Speaker: Dr Jonathan Pugh (Newcastle University).

Sponsored by Cornell University and the British Council (US Branch).

Harvard University – 2nd April, 2007

“The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space: conversations with architects and planners”.

Speaker: Dr Jonathan Pugh (Newcastle University).

Sponsored by Harvard University and The British Council (US Branch).

We are also looking to undertake workshops in 2010, which will reflect upon the two network research agendas.



The network undertakes as many public, as it does 'academic' events . For example ...


 Gilda Haas, Laura Pulido, Goetz Wolff., at the Long Beach public event: - "What is radical politics today?", August 4th 2008.


For video clips of this workshop click here


See ongoing public debates in the North East of England, at venues including Newcastle University ...

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