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Creating Publics launch with Lawrence Grossberg

Monday, 26 March 2012, 14:00 - 16:00

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
Location: Berrill Lecture Theatre

At a time when funders, activists, policy makers, scholars and others are increasingly calling for forms of publicly engaged social science research, CCIG launches a new Research Project: Creating Publics.

The project, driven by Nick Mahony, will investigate what is at stake in public engagement, reassess how it is being conceptualized and collectively test-out and innovate new approaches to practice.
This launch event on 26 March will also be the occasion to inaugurate the 2012 Creating Publics Keynote Lecture Series. For this, our first keynote speaker will be Lawrence Grossberg (University of North Carolina). The topic he will address will be:
Practices of Knowledge in a Complex World: Experiments in collaboration and conversation
While there are many conversations about the university under attack, I want to begin with the uncertainties of knowledge itself—the result in part of attacks from both the left and the right, but more importantly, from the very practices that worked so well for the past century.  Cultural studies, as I understand it, begins with a responsibility to its context, a responsibility expressed in its effort to produce the best knowledge possible.  But that means transforming the material practices and social relations of intellectual labor, experimenting in new collaborations, imagining new conversations and rearticulating the university as an institution.
In the spirit of public experimentation that this project will promote, the launch (including Professor Grossberg’s keynote lecture) will be webcast live and accessible here:
Those viewing online will be able to post questions and comments, which will be relayed live to the event.

2.00-2.05     Welcome: Professor Jef Huysmans (Director of Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance)
2.05-2.10     'Public Engagement and the The Open University' Professor Tim Blackman (Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research, The Open University)
2.10-2.20     Introduction to the Creating Publics project (Dr. Nick Mahony, Research Fellow, Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance)
2.20-3.10     Keynote lecture: 'Practices of Knowledge in a Complex World: Experiments in collaboration and conversation'
                    (Professor Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina)
3.10-3.20     Response: Professor Janet Newman, The Open University
3.20-4.00     Q & A (those viewing online will also be able to post questions and comments, which will be relayed live to the event)
4.00-5.00     Drinks reception 
For further information about the Creating Publics Project, including details about the two further lectures in the Creating Publics keynote series (by Professor Rachel Pain, 16 May 2012; and, Professor John Holmwood, 28 June 2012) see:
For regular updates, plese visit the Creating Publics blog.

Contact Sarah Batt, Research Secretary if you have any queries