LIVEDIFFERENCE at Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers Conference 2013

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London, 28-30th August 2013

LIVEDIFFERENCE will host two paper sessions on Thursday 29th August on NEGOTIATING STRANGE ENCOUNTERS: CONCEPTUALISING CONVERSATIONS ACROSS DIFFERENCE sponsored by the Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRG) and the Political Geography Research Group (PolGRG). The sessions include a host of approaches to such conversations and include empirical material from across Europe and South Africa. Presentations include:-

Session 1:

1.       Catherine Harris, Lucy Jackson* and Gill Valentine (University of Sheffield), Introduction “Negotiating strange encounters: Conceptualising conversations across difference”

2.       Paul Harrison, Durham University, For a Geography of You

3.       Hilary Ramsden, Oxford Brookes University, Brief Encounters whilst Walking & Talking

4.       Lars Meier, Technical University of Berlin, Overcome to be a stranger? – Habitus transformations and everyday practices of migrants in Nuremberg

5.       Ingrid Marie Kielland, University of Norway, Norway, Whose indigenous belonging? Stories about (im)possible past and present Sami identities in Northern Norway

Session 2:

1.       Catherine Harris*, Aneta Piekut and Gill Valentine (University of Sheffield), Attitudes towards the ‘stranger’: negotiating encounters with difference in the UK and Poland.

2.       Rhys Dafydd Jones, Aberystwyth University, ‘Living with others’? Muslim/non-Muslim student encounters in shared residences

3.       Luke Bennett, Sheffield Hallam University, and Amanda Crawley-Jackson, University of Sheffield, On curating strange encounters in multidisciplinary space: a case study on opening up a plot to multiple reading

4.       Nick Schuermans, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, The highway as a site of encounter: White, middle class South Africans driving on the N2 in Cape Town

5.       Tracey Skelton, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Strange Encounters – ‘Asian Style’: encountering others in Busan, Hyderabad, Kunming and Singapore


We look forward to these two interesting and diverse sessions and hope all those attending the RGs come along to participate in discussions around these papers.