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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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…

December OpenSpace seminar: Sounding Coastal Change project

George Revill and Johanna Wadsley will talk about the Sounding Coastal Change project:

Further details to be announced.

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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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!

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Time to Think: Stories of Higher Education and Conflict Transformation from Northern Ireland Prisons (1972-2000)

Philip O'Sullivan, Gabi Kent and Ruth Cammies will talk about this unique research and engagement oral history resource. Time to Think (working title) is a collaborative engagement and research project bringing together former Loyalist and Republican OU students who were political prisoners during the conflict (1972-2000), prison education staff and OU staff.…