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Book-launch & Celebration of the work of John Clarke

20 May 2014 (15:45 - 18:30)

The Open University in London,(Meeting Room 2) 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP

An event around a new book: 'Disputing citizenship' by John Clarke, Kathleen Coll, Evelina Dagnino & Catherine Neveu

On the occasion of his retirement from the Open University, Dr. Nick Mahony and Professor Allan Cochrane (Faculty of Social Sciences, OU) would like to invite you to celebrate the intellectual and creative contributions of John Clarke and the publication of his latest co-authored book:

Disputing citizenship (Policy Press). By John Clarke, Kathleen Coll, Evelina Dagnino, Catherine Neveu


15:45 - 16:15 Tea

16:15 - 17:30 Book Launch: Professor Engin Isin; Professor Sasha Roseneil; Professor John Clarke

17:30 - 18:30 Reception

Convenors: Dr. Nick Mahony and Professor Allan Cochrane

If you wish to attend this event please register via the CCIG website.


City Materialities, City Securities

27 June 2014 (9am - 5pm)

The OU London office

Call for Papers

We invite abstracts of up to 300 words to be submitted by 30 April 2014 to:

This CRESC conference aims to bring into dialogue current debates around urban (in)security with a theoretical focus on the materiality of the city as an arena where the social, the technical and the material co-produce a particular urban ecology.

The process of 'securitisation' has been central to shaping our modern urban environment through initiatives like 'Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design'. CCTV cameras are only the most obvious marker of a phenomenon that encompasses security lighting, alarm systems, specially designed street furniture, hallways, housing, and gated communities, all patrolled by an array of public and private security officers. How, then, should we approach the securitised city in its very materiality? What does it signify? What are its effects and affects? Recent academic work has paid renewed attention to the materiality of the city, exploring how structures and objects, large and small, bring into play complex layerings that involve different experiences of space, different aesthetic sensibilities and politics that connect to understandings of the public realm and public space. If humans and materials are co-produced in urban environments, what kinds of social worlds are brought into being through the securitised city?

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Engaging with audiences outside academia

4 July 2014 (9:30am - 5pm)

Open University,

Workshop outline

Communicating and engaging with research outside of traditional academic sources can prove a challenge for researchers, but is an increasing demand in academia. This day conference brings together experienced researchers who have engaged with non-academic publics in a number of ways to the benefit of those participating. Through the course of the day we will consider a number of communication and engagement methods, aiming to give researchers useful tools and accounts of successful approaches.

Targeted audience

The event will be of interest to PhD students, post-docs and early career researchers looking to engage with audiences outside of academia. We welcome researchers from different disciplines to join our workshop and contribute to what we hope will be a lively discussion and exchange of approaches, ideas, opportunities and challenges.

Register to attend

Attendance is free, but spaces are limited. To reserve a place, or to receive further information, please contact:

Food and refreshments

Lunch will be provided on the day. Please confirm any special dietary requirements when registering for the workshop.