AAG 2014, Tampa, Florida

Posted on 05/08/2014 | in Events, News | by

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As well as presenting six research papers at the Association of American Geographers conference in Tampa, Florida in April 2014, the LIVEDIFFERENCE team also ran four a highly successful sessions.

Two sessions were entitled ‘Meaningful Contact: generating social change from encounters with difference. These sessions considered the following:

  • Methodological insights in researching meaningful encounters
  • Theoretical insights on the theme of meaningful contact
  • Discussions of what might facilitate meaningful contact, as well as discussions of limitations of this approach.
  • Conceptual tools related to meaningful contact such as ‘contact zones’, ‘encounters’, ‘cross-cultural dialogue’ and ‘inter-cultural dialogues.
  • Investigations of particular sites of encounter such as the workplace, leisure spaces, educational settings, and public spaces
  • New sites, or indeed scales, of contact not previously researched, for example, the home, prisons or international spaces.
  • Investigations of contact across particular axes of difference, especially around themes of class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and disability.
  • Reflections on meaningful contact or meaningful encounters and their ability to change social conditions, hierarchies or attitudes towards those different.

Session presenters:-

Session I

  1. Lucy Mayblin, Lucy Jackson and Gill Valentine, University of Sheffield, UK, ‘Beyond fleeting encounters: Making contact across difference meaningful’
  2. Kye Askins, Northumbria University, UK,  ‘Being Together: encounters, emotions and the everyday geographies of befriending’
  3. Laura-Jane E Nolan, University of Glasgow, UK, ‘Throwing Together Community Politics’
  4. Derek Ruez, University of Kentucky, USA, ‘Sexual Racisms, Immigrant Incoporation and Intimate Spaces of Encounter in Sydney Australia’
  5. Helga Leitner, University of California, Los Angeles, USA and Valerie Preston, York University, Canada, Institutional mediations of encounters – celebrating diversity or reinforcing difference?’

Session II

  1. Andrew Davies, University of Liverpool, UK, ‘Exile & colonial spaces of encounter’
  2. Kasia Narkowicz, University of Sheffield, UK, ‘Looking towards non-secular encounters in the city of Warsaw’
  3. Robert Wilton, McMaster University  and Joshua Evans, Athabasca University, Canada ‘”I don’t want us to work for someone who thinks, ‘oh, poor them'”. Encountering Mental Illness in Spaces of Social Enterprise.’

A further two sessions were entitled  Geographies of Prejudice: understanding contemporary forms of discrimination. These sessions considered the following:

  • Definitions, understandings, forms and measures of prejudice
  • How prejudice is articulated: the language, behaviour and legitimisation of prejudice
  • Experiences of discrimination or exclusion
  • How social diversity is related to prejudice
  • The effects of prejudice and discrimination
  • Transmission/transfer of prejudice
  • The sites where prejudice and discrimination develop
  • The scales of prejudice: group and individual prejudice
  • The privatisation of prejudice
  • The strategies used by societies to deal with prejudice and discrimination
  • Researching prejudice and intergroup contact in the context of ‘lived diversity’
  • Effects of diversity on reducing prejudice (statistical approach)
  • The policy implications of prejudice

Session presenters:-

Session I

  1. Gill Valentine, University of Sheffield, UK, ‘The privatisation of prejudice?: reflections on public understandings of equality legislation, ‘(in)justice and the future of social relations’
  2. Sinead O’connor, University College Cork, Ireland, ‘Prejudice, micro-publics and the university: International students’ experiences of discrimination and prejudice at University College Cork, Ireland’
  3. Jane YeonJae Lee, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA, ‘Being non-Christian in a Christian community: Experiences of belonging and prejudice among religiously marginalized Korean Americans living in Boston’
  4. Jana Verstraete – Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven, Campus Sint Lucas Brussel (LUCA), Belgium, ‘Not in my house… An exploration of discriminatory practices on the Belgian private rental market’ 

Session II

  1. Catherine Harris, Aneta Piekut and  Gill Valentine University of Sheffield, UK,  ‘Attitudes towards difference: prejudice and encounters in the UK and Poland.’
  2. Nelly Ali – Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, ‘Street Girls In Egypt: Prejudice on the Margins’
  3. Lynda Johnston, University of Waikato, New Zealand, ‘Intersex: Documenting Bodies Beyond Binaries’
  4. Lasse Koefoed and Kirsten Simonsen, Roskilde University, Denmark, ‘Paradoxical public spaces: encounters, negotiations and exclusions’
  5. Discussant: Nichola Wood, University of Leeds, UK