Radical Space

Welcome to the web page for Radical Space, a multi-disciplinary conference addressing the problematics of space both as concept and as lived social radical space cover v3reality which will take place on the weekend of October 18th – 20th, 2013.

This will be the first conference to take place at UEL and Birkbeck‘s new campus, University Square Stratford, a state of the art facility in the heart of East London’s new Cultural Quarter.

The full cost of the conference is £120 with £60 concessions for non affiliated delegates and PhD students. The cost includes a wine reception on the Friday evening, sponsored by Rowman and Littlefield International, a catered lunch on the Saturday and tea and coffee throughout the three days. Registration begins at 4pm on Friday, 18th October. Please click here for full registration details and online booking.

AIRMINDED-19thOctThe programme includes three movement and video workshops as well as parallel sessions introducing exciting new work in several fields and including the premiere of a new film by The Society for Ontofabulatory Research. Keynote presentations from:

Joanna Rajkowska (independent artist), ‘The Story of the Peterborough Child’
Dimitris Papadopoulos (University of Leicester), ‘Terraforming Earth and Infrastructures of Autonomy
Deborah Dixon & Carl Lavery (University of Aberystwyth), ‘Return to Battleship Island: The Future of Ruins’



If you require any further information, please email Debra Shaw


Call for Papers

The Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London invites proposals for Radical Space, a conference to take place at the UEL Docklands Campus on Friday and Saturday, 18 and 19 October, 2013. 

We are pleased to announce that Deborah Dixon and Carl Lavery of Aberystwyth University have now been confirmed as keynote speakers. They will be joined by Dimitris Papodopoulos (University of Leicester) and the independent artist Joanna Rajkowska.


We are interested in presentations which address the problematics of space both as concept and as lived social reality, with a particular emphasis on the tension between spaces of control in the context of contemporary neoliberalism, spaces of resistance and the apocalyptic spaces which emerge from war, forced migration and the failures of consumer capitalism.

What are the politics of space in contemporary contexts? How can we re-think space beyond the public/private divide? How do spatial arts re-configure space and the way in which it is experienced? What new configurations of space may emerge from burgeoning forms of community? How do the theatres of contemporary war force a re-assessment of spatial concepts? Is it still possible for the notion of virtual space to function in opposition to the striated space of contemporary cities?

We would welcome proposals which take a novel approach to presentation, particularly those which include elements of performance or which make creative use of the spaces made available for the conference. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

Occupations and other resistant practices
Squatter communities and displacement camps
New theatres of war
Art in/of the street
Imagining extra-terrestrial space
Utopias and heterotopias
New imaginative architectures
Psychogeography in the 21st

The space of the body and the body in space
Digital architectures and virtual space
Social networking as a new public sphere
Hacking, hacktivism and other digital spatial incursions
Cinema and post-urbanism
Cartography and performance
Class and social space
Music scenes and spaces of community/expression
The apocalyptic city

For further details, please refer to our website culturalstudiesresearch.org . Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to either Debra Benita Shaw (d.shaw@uel.ac.uk) or Tony Sampson (sampson2@uel.ac.uk) on or before 26th April, 2013.

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