Please join us for the first CoDE seminar of the academic year. The seminar will take place in Room 2.07, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building at 1pm on Tuesday 27th September.
Our speaker is Dr Helen Wilson (School of Environment, Education and Development, The University of Manchester), and her paper is entitled ‘Difference and diversity though the lens of encounter’.
Over the last decade, ‘geographies of encounter’ has been used as a shorthand for a body of work which has sought to document how people negotiate difference in their everyday lives. This has raised questions about the value of encounters, what potential they hold for catalysing change and what might be said about their politics and spatiotemporalities. In so doing, work on encounter has made important interventions into understandings of urban life, the taking-place of prejudice and the assembling of different forms of sociality. Yet whilst the notion of encounter is frequently used, less is said about how it is conceptualized and what it says about how difference comes to matter. The central aim of this paper is to argue that, far from a general term for meeting, ‘encounter’ is a conceptually charged construct that is worthy of sustained and critical attention. In scrutinizing how encounters might be approached as distinctive relational events that are shaped by shock, rupture and surprise, the paper outlines a number of implications for how we approach difference, power and transformation, within work on race and ethnicity.
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
It would be great to have a full audience for the first seminar, so please try your best to come along. Thank you!