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Perceptions of the City: imagination, visualisations and experiences

26 February 2015 (19:00 - 21:00)

Milton Keynes Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK9 3QA

In which way has Milton Keynes been visualised, from its early planning and design in the 1970s to its current remaking as a smart city? Gillian Rose will talk about how different kinds of imagery shape perceptions of the city, and maybe even our experiences of it.

Gillian Rose is Professor of Cultural Geography at The Open University. Her research interests lie broadly within the field of visual culture. She is interested in how people encounter films, photographs and, more recently, digital images: how such images get made, seen, interpreted and felt.

This talk is part of the Hub-to-Hub initiative launched jointly by two research centres based at the Faculty of Social Sciences of The Open University: the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) and Open Space (OS).

To reserve a space, please visit MK Gallery website: http://ow.ly/INzM0

 

Creating Hackney as Home - Film screening in collaboration with PassengerFilms

5 March 2015 (18:30 - 23:00)

The Russet,

This informal evening will be a chance to watch our five short Creating Hackney as Home films, alongside a Q&A session with some of those involved in their production.

This will be followed by a rare screening of Winstan Whitter's provocative 'Legacy in the Dust' (2008), a film about the legendary Four Aces Club in Dalston prior to its demolition. Winstan will be coming along on the night to discuss his film and the motivations behind his long-term documentary work in Hackney.

The Russet will be offering their usual fare of modern tapas, complimented by interesting wines, local beers and cocktails.

Related links

Link Legacy in the Dust (2008)

Contact

Email Jan Smith

 

Exploring Youth and Belonging in the City - One-day Workshop

6 March 2015 (9:30 - 18:00)

The Open University in London,

This one-day workshop will present the findings of the 'Creating Hackney as Home' project, as well as responses from and discussions with academics and practitioners addressing wider questions in three key areas:

1. youth, belonging and urban change;

2. participatory and visual methods;

3. and intersections between the practices of research and youth work.

Prof Peter Kraftl (Leicester) will be providing a keynote talk, and our panellists will include: Matej Blazek (Loughborough), Alicia Blum-Ross (LSE), Melissa Butcher (OU), Jo Carter (Immediate Theatre), Luke Dickens (OU), Helen Lomax (Northampton), Paul Watt (Birkbeck).

 

Witnessing Psychology - Weds 11 March, Edinburgh

11 March 2015 (18:15-20:30)

The Open University in Scotland,

Can witnesses to crimes really remember 'the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth'?

In this interactive event hosted by The Open University's Forensic Cognition Research Group, you will discover whether you would make a good witness, along with learning more about research into attention, memory and suggestibility. You will discover what witnesses can and can't do and also learn how psychology and technology are being used together to improve police investigations and help witnesses give the best possible evidence.

Speakers and facilitators from The Open University's Forensic Cognition Research Group including, Dr Hayley Ness, Dr Martin Thirkettle, Dr Helen Kaye, Dr Gini Harrison, Dr Zoe Walkington, Dr Jim Turner and Dr Graham Pike .

This event is open to anyone over the age of 18. There is no registration fee but spaces are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Related links

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Contact

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Witnessing Psychology - Thurs 12 March, Glasgow

12 March 2015 (17:45-20:00)

Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN

Can witnesses to crimes really remember 'the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth'?

In this interactive event hosted by The Open University's Forensic Cognition Research Group, you will discover whether you would make a good witness, along with learning more about research into attention, memory and suggestibility. You will discover what witnesses can and can't do and also learn how psychology and technology are being used together to improve police investigations and help witnesses give the best possible evidence.

Speakers and facilitators from The Open University's Forensic Cognition Research Group including, Dr Hayley Ness, Dr Martin Thirkettle, Dr Helen Kaye, Dr Gini Harrison, Dr Zoe Walkington, Dr Jim Turner and Dr Graham Pike .

This event is open to anyone over the age of 18. There is no registration fee but spaces are limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Related links

Link Registration

Contact

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The 7th Doreen Massey Annual Event: Digital Geographies

24 March 2015

The Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open Unviersity, Walton Hall, MIlton Keynes, MK7 6AA (and online)

Digital geographies: How is the digital reformulating geographies' objects and methods?

This one-day event will bring together a range of scholars currently exploring and experimenting at the boundaries of the digital and the geographical today, and will speak to Emeritus Professor Doreen Massey's interests in spatial politics and justice.

On the day, OpenSpace are delighted to be able to welcome participants:

*in person (register your attendance by emailing openspace@open.ac.uk)

*via live webcast (accessed from the OpenSpace website on the day)

Confirmed speakers include:

*Prof. Rob Kitchin, ERC Advanced Investigator and former director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at the National University of Ireland Maynooth

*Dr Valentina Carraro, Cartography and GIS assistant, Grassroots Jerusalem

*Dr Agnieszka Leszczynski, Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Birmingham

*Anuradha Vittachi, Author, journalist and co-founder of the Hedgerley Wood Trust and Oneworld.org

*Prof. Mark Graham, Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

*Prof. Sarah Elwood, Professor of Geography, Centre for Studies in Demography and Ecology, University of Washington Seattle

*Dr Ayona Datta, Senior Lecturer in Citizenship and Belonging, School of Geography, University of Leeds

*Prof. Gillian Rose, Professor of Culture Geography, Department of Geography, Open University

*Dr Joe Smith, Senior Lecturer in Environment, Department of Geography, Open University

*Dr Nick Bingham, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Department of Geography, Open University

*Dr Mark Brandon, Reader in Polar Oceanography, Department of Environment, Earth & Ecosystems, Open University

Visit the conference website for further information and follow us on Twitter (@OpenSpaceRC, #DoreenMassey2015).

 

Advanced Image Elicitation Training Methods module on participation

20 April 2015 - 1 May 2015

Online

Would you like to know more about how to use and theorise image-based methods in your research?

The Open University is offering free, ESRC-funded, on-line advanced training on image elicitation methods.

Aimed at PhD, early career researchers and those seeking to develop their methodological expertise, this on-line training offers a flexible way to enhance understanding of these important social science methods.

The training, delivered in three short modules, will provide opportunities for participants to share their research and explore case studies from contemporary social science research in small groups, facilitated by experienced visual researchers.

Module two: You will participate!: Will complicate the rhetoric of participation, critically addressing the claim that visual research methods inherently facilitate collaborative working by inviting participants to consider the wider political and cultural context of participation.

This module two will run Monday, 20th April 2015 to Friday, 1st May 2015.Please indicate your interest by completing the pre-registration proforma. The closing date for applications is Friday, 20th March 2015.

 

Advanced Image Elicitation Training Methods module on the future of image-elicitation methods

15 June 2015 - 26 June 2015

Online

Would you like to know more about how to use and theorise image-based methods in your research?

The Open University is offering free, ESRC-funded, on-line advanced training on image elicitation methods.

Aimed at PhD, early career researchers and those seeking to develop their methodological expertise, this on-line training offers a flexible way to enhance understanding of these important social science methods.

The training, delivered in three short modules, will provide opportunities for participants to share their research and explore case studies from contemporary social science research in small groups, facilitated by experienced visual researchers.

Module three: The future of image elicitation: Will explore how visual research methods may develop in the future, given the pervasiveness of digital technology by both researchers and their research project participants.

This module two will run Monday, 15th June 2015 to Friday, 26th, June 2015.Please indicate your interest by completing the pre-registration proforma. The closing date for applications is Friday, 15th May 2015.

 

Student Connections Online Conference - Postponed (new dates TBC)

1 September 2015

Online (via http://connections.kmi.open.ac.uk)

The Faculty of Social Sciences has taken the decision to postpone the Student Connections conference that had been provisionally planned for March 2015. New dates for the conference will be posted on the conference website later this year: http://connections.kmi.open.ac.uk

The Student Connections Conference 2015 is for students with interest in social sciences; it is open to all and is entirely free, and all you need to take part is log on via any web browser.

Related links

Link Conference website

Contact

Email Conference team