OpenSpace Events

The collaborative style of working at the OU has been incorporated into a practical expertise at hosting and running a wide range of working groups, workshops, all of which have produced research outputs.

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Coastal scene, by Chris Bonfiglioli
Sounding Coastal Change: experiments with ‘sonic democracy’ on the North Norfolk Coast (UK)

The North Norfolk coast is a region of low lying sandy cliffs, dunes, mudflats, creeks, fresh and salt water marshes. These vulnerable habitats and ecologies are subject to erosion and inundation from increasingly severe weather events and tidal surges that also transform human lives and livelihoods. The region is also being transformed by other kinds of impacts…

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'Plastic Childhoods'

This talk will reflect on the initial stages of a project that seeks to instigate a critical analysis of 'plastic childhoods'. It will cut through manifold concerns about the state of contemporary Western childhoods to examine the many ways in which children's lives are entangled with the plastics circulating through social, ecological, hydrological and…

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Design geographies

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The entanglement of nature and culture: making heritage futures in the Côa Valley, Portugal and at Orford Ness, Suffolk

This presentation will discuss how landscapes undergoing transformation combine both natural and cultural heritage-making practices. Two fieldwork sites will be examined in more detail: a rewilding initiative in North-East Portugal, and a community archaeology project at Orford Ness in Suffolk. In Portugal, rewilding is taking place in semi-abandoned agricultural…

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Doreen Massey Event 2019
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Clowning Around in the City as Theatre: Play, Pleasure and Participation in Joan Littlewood’s Future Urbanism

This paper contributes to a growing field of interest in urban futures through an examination of modes of play, pleasure and participation in urban life that pose challenges to a prevailing techno-utopian imaginary. My analysis centres on an archival study of the experimental urbanisms advanced by the British theatre director Joan Littlewood, who from the early…

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October OpenSpace seminar: alternative food networks and foraging

Edible wild product picking and hunting are the oldest methods of human food provisioning. However, over the centuries domesticated agriculture has moved towards ever greater efficiency and stability, which has allowed farming to supplant foraging and has framed wild product gathering as archaic, inefficient and incapable of supplying a sufficient amount of food…

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Looking back to the future: Examining the Agroforestry Landscape Resilience in INdia to inform Social-Ecological Sustainability in the Tropics

The effective management of human-dominated tropical forest landscapes is crucial in the wake of global environmental change affecting biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and the livelihoods of billions. To ensure success of such ecological management, it is essential that both planning as well as implementation is informed by long-term ecological knowledge rooted…

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OpenSpace Researchers at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff University

The Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers annual conference will be held this year at Cardiff University, from Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st August, 2018, with a number of OpenSpace members attending and addressing the conference. If you can make it to Cardiff, these are member's interventions from Wednesday to Friday (no OpenSpace members…

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Sounding Coastal Change project: 24-hours live radio broadcast event for World Listening Day 2018!

Listen to this unique event on the internet, or on location in Blakeney, North Norfolk!