Urban Master Class on Housing and Urban Regeneration featuring:  Richard Best, OBE

4-5 November/ King’s College London

The Cities Research Group will host a special public lecture in concert with an Urban Master Class offered by Richard Best, OBE (House of Lords; formerly, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Housing Trust), focused on research broadly related to housing and urban regeneration, on 4-5 November.

Richard Best, OBE, has spent decades promoting a well-rounded approach to urban regeneration and housing.  Lord Best led the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust from 1988 to 2006; previously he served as Director of the British Churches Housing Trust (1970-73) and of the National Federation of Housing Associations (1973-88).  He currently chairs the House of Lords Communications Committee.  He is President of the Local Government Association, and was a member of the Minister of Local Government’s Sounding Board (2002-05).  As Trustee and Treasurer of the Royal Society of Arts, and as Member of the Advisory Board to the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, he has been well acquainted with a wide spectrum of community needs and opportunities.  His experience connecting research to policy and generating investment in the social sector therefore stretches from the local to the national, and across the voluntary, public and private sectors.

The Cities Research Group will sponsor a a public lecture by Richard Best on Tuesday, 4 November (6:30-7:30) at King’s College.  The title of the lecture is:

‘Housing and Regeneration: Translating Evidence into Action’

Then, on Wednesday morning, 5 November, the Master Class will consist of research presentations by PhD students, to which Richard Best will offer feedback.

Following a catered lunch for participants, there will also be a closing roundtable plenary session featuring Josef Konvitz (formerly of the OECD) and Professors Tim Butler and Chris Hamnett (both of the Department of Geography at King’s College).

PhD students working on the themes of housing and urban regeneration (broadly) are hereby invited to submit short proposals (1-2 pages) for inclusion as presenter-participants in the Master Class.

Please send abstracts to:  Nicholas De Genova, Reader in Urban Geography, King’s College London:

Intersections Conference 2015

15-16 January/ Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s annual Intersections Conference will be held on 15th and 16th January 2015. The postgraduate community invites proposals for papers, provocations and performative lectures. The theme of this year’s conference is Impact and/or Value.

Following on from the success of the Intersections Conference 2014, where papers were invited to address points of intersection between disciplines, fields and modes of research, it is proposed to maintain the format for the upcoming conference in January 2015. This means that panels will be composed of researchers whose papers may potentially speak to each other, not within the confines of perceived fields of performance (as defined by genres of performance, for example), but through concepts, concerns and issues which may be common to a wide range of researchers in performance, including crossing boundaries between practice-as-research and so-called ‘conventional’ research.

This year we would like to invite proposals for papers which address the issues of:

Impact and/or Value

In a climate in performance research and the performing arts which is increasingly looking to demonstrate its ‘impact’ not just upon its field of investigation, but also upon society at large, this conference will explore how performance researchers regard the relationship between their own research and the potential for impact.

With government agencies, funders and public arts and research policy-makers looking to assess the value of research in terms of its various external impacts (social, cultural, economic), how are researchers themselves responding to these demands?

In keeping with last year’s programme format, there will be 2 keynotes (one on each morning) followed by panel presentations.

Intersections is proud to host two keynote speeches by: Professor Franc Chamberlain and Dr Colette Conroy with Dr Gareth White and Professor Sally Mackey as respondents.

We welcome submissions from postgraduate students, established scholars and independent researchers who engage with a wide variety of research areas in theatre and performance.

Submitted abstracts might address such questions as:

  • What is the desired/potential/probable impact of my research?
  • What is the value of my research?
  • How do I understand ‘value’ in relationship to my research? Aesthetic? Social? Intellectual? Political? Economic? Ethical?
  • How do I respond to, or resist, notions of impact/value?
  • What values stand behind or drive my research questions?

In addition to submitting an abstract, those seeking to participate are also invited to propose a panel of up to three presentations. This may mean three people in your research area or three people who use similar methodologies or three people who employ vastly different approaches but may have productive tension between them.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 7 November 2014, 5pm. Please submit anonymised abstracts of no more than 300 words to along with a brief biography including your name and institutional affiliation (if applicable) in a separate document. Documents should be either .doc or .pdf formats.

It would be helpful if you could identify keywords relating to potential points of intersection within the themes of impact and/or value. This will aid us in the composition of panels that address common issues.

Presentations will be allocated 20 minutes of speaking time and 10 minutes of questions. All presenters will have access to Powerpoint, and any further technical requirements should be specified in the candidate’s abstract.

If you have any questions regarding Intersections, email

For more information about Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, please visit


CFP: City-Centric, readings in interdisciplinary urban studies
The space of his big sculptural groups consists of flows which run between the figures or little islands of figures, like currents in a river. Mason talks about ‘the torrent of life’. You peer through the ravine between two bodies, you look over the boulder of a shoulder, or between a pair of legs, or under a raised arm, or around a couple, and each time your gaze is swept away to another form, another life.
John Berger, The Shape of a Pocket (2001)
How does the city shape the inquisitive flows of our thoughts and lives? How does this torrent of life shape the tensely gridded, the restrictively orthogonal, the hopelessly laminar, the crumbling meshwork, of the spaces that condense to compose an urban, always-proximate environment? City-Centric is an interdisciplinary urban studies reading group based within the English Department at King’s College London. Our aims are twofold: we aim to gather together graduate students and staff from across a range of academic disciplines and practices, compounding conversations into fertile dialogues regarding the urban environment; doing so, we aim to produce manifold investigations, pushing at the boundaries of reflections on how the city and the social inform and enfold one another.
For the coming academic year, we invite proposals for hosting sessions and sharing sources on the theme of surveillance. Sessions might address, but are certainly not limited to:
v  Recording/representing/re-imagining the city
v  Urban utopia/dystopia
v  Regulating/disciplining gender and sexuality in the city
v  Urban conflicts and resistance
v  Identity, performance and subjectivity in urban spaces
v  Mapping the city and Urban politics/development
v  Mapping immaterial flows
v  Surface epoxy and/or inner apoplexy
v  Chronoscopic orientation
We meet (roughly) once a month during term time; dates will be confirmed upon confirmation of a successful proposal. Hosts are required to curate a selection of short readings, images, audio and/or moving images, for distribution over the blog​ and via email, one week before the agreed date of their session. Hosts are also welcome to guest-write for the blog for the duration of that week, should this format prove elucidatory.
Previous meetings have tended to take the form of a short presentation followed by discussion. We also welcome proposals from individuals or groups keen to diverge from this given format.
Please send abstracts of roughly 250 words (as well as any questions or queries) to, and for submissions is Monday 8th September.

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