Cultural Activism & Place Identities

September 4th, 2012

Inspired by an interest in the relationships between place, creative practice, and counter-hegemonic social and political action, over 60 participants attended this event and explored ideas about cultural activism; the spatiality of contentious politics; social movements; and theories of community in the fields of human and cultural geography, urban studies, planning theory and policy, cultural studies, women’s studies, sociology, and performance studies.


Manifesto for Creative Activism:
Activist Ethnography, Sites of Intervention and Lines of F(l)ight

Keynote Speaker: Paul Routledge, University of Glasgow

Session 1

Spectacular Activisim:

Michael Buser, University of the West of England

The Spatialities of Protest:
Public Bodies and City Spaces

Pollyanna Ruiz, London School of Economics and Political Science

Making "Counter Publics":
through the city: networks, exchanges and true creation of political discourses

Walter Nicholls, University of Amsterdam

Session 2

The Minute Interventions of Stewart Lee:
The Affective Conditions Of Possibility in Comedy, Repetition and Activism

Scott Sharpe, University of New South Wales

Maria Hynes, The Australian National University

JD Dewsbury, University of Bristol

Creative Methodologies as a Resource for Mayan Women’s Protagonism

Alison Crosby, York University

M. Brinton Lykes, Boston College

Situation Specific Art, Global Capitalism and Displacement Anxiety

Lynn Froggett, University of Central Lancashire

Session 3

Acupunctured! The Activism of Disproportionate Impacts

Jane Trowell, Platform

Creating Solidarity:
Performance and Material Culture in British Anti-Apartheid Direct Action

Gavin Brown, University of Leicester

Disobedient Objects
Agency and Materiality in Activist Art

Gavin Grindon, Kingston University


Closing Statement and Seminar Reflections

Marilyn Taylor, UWE

Jane Arthurs, UWE

Stephen Bottoms, University of Manchester

Paul Routledge, University of Glasgow

Seminar Resources

Creative practice, Activism and Place-Identities Seminar

abstracts and speaker biographies


Creative Practice, Activism and Place-Identities Seminar

full programme