International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies

Posted on 08/12/2013 | in News | by

Gill Valentine Emotional GeographiesIn July 2013 three members of the project, Lucy Jackson, Gill Valentine and Nichola Wood, attended the Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. At the conference, LiveDifference hosted three paper sessions on the emotional impacts on/ of Living with Difference, considering the role and significance of emotions in people’s experiences of, and attitudes towards, living with difference.

Presentations included:

Session 1: Approaching emotions and difference

1.       Faith Curtis, University of Newcastle, Australia, Emotional dimensions of ‘spaces of care’ for refugees in Newcastle

2.       Nichola Wood, University of Leeds, The Emotional Geographies of Tolerance.

3.       Claire Dwyer, University College London, Encountering the multicultural suburb: a shared photographic journey

Session 2: Practices of emotions and difference

1.       Ala Sirryeh, University of Bradford, Hosting strangers: Hospitality and family practices in fostering separated refugee and asylum seeking young people

2.       Aafke Heringa*, Gideon Bolt and Martin Dijst, Urban and Regional Research Centre Utrecht (URU), Utrecht University, Strategies of avoidance and belonging: meanings of spatiotemporal whereabouts and responses to encounters with ’the other’

3.       Emily Cooper, Lancaster University, “It’s better than daytime television”: living with Blackpool’s off-street sex industry

Session 3: Sites of emotion and difference

1.       Lucy Jackson, University of Sheffield, Emotional activism/ Encountering ‘emotional tactics’ in pro-life and pro-choice politics in the UK

2.       Bianca Szytniewski*, Radboud University Nijmegen & Utrecht University and Bas Spierings, Urban and Regional Research Centre Utrecht (URU), Utrecht University, ‘Feelings of unfamiliarity’

3.       Jan Willem Duyvendak, University of Amsterdam, The exclusionary power of ‘feeling at home’: political struggles around gay and lesbian ‘territories’

We thank all our presenters for their contribution to an interesting discussion about the emotions involved in negotiating, and living with, everyday differences. We also thank all those who came to the sessions for contributing to a dynamic discussion about the session themes.