Public engagement 2: ESRC Festival of Social Science

In November, we will be contributing to a one-day event called “Creating worlds together: a workshop on experimentations and protest camps” as part of the ESRC‘s annual Festival of Social Science.  The event is being led by our friend and colleague Anja Kanngieser (currently of the Geography department at Royal Holloway, University of London; soon to be in Sociology at Goldsmiths College).  We will be contributing alongside other members of the Protest Camps research collective.

The “Creating Worlds Together” workshop will investigate protest camps, focusing specifically on the new worlds they encourage through bringing people together for common goals. Showing how interdisciplinary social science research can theoretically and empirically explore protest camps, this workshop will introduce themes of democracy, territory and governance to help understand the contemporary practices, and organisational and political histories of protest camping.  Here’s a bit more from our proposal:

The audience will learn about research being undertaken on protest camps. We will engage them in a hands-on task exploring, mapping out and enacting the organisational infrastructures of a camp, from sanitation planning to decision-making structures. Reflecting on this participatory exercise and the issues it raises, workshop participants will collectively identify and play with some of the operational challenges faced in building place-based protest communities. The workshop leaders will draw on their research, interweaving a history of innovative tactics drawn from the past three decades of protest camping into the group reflection. The workshop will conclude by returning to questions of creativity and experimentation as they emerge in our efforts to conceive of alternative democratic relationships. 

Precise details of the workshop are still to be confirmed, but it will take place on a Saturday at an accessible venue in Central London.  The workshop is free and open to all (although places are limited).  Watch this space for further details.

About Gavin Brown

Professor of Political Geography and Sexualities University of Leicester
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