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  • Deirdre Conlon gave an invited talk at the Geography/Earth and Environmental Sciences colloquium, Graduate Center, City University of New York on October 19th 2017. The talk was titled: Carceral Interstices: Legitimacy on the Move.
  • Deirdre Conlon also gave a research design seminar on 'Reflections on Carceral Circuits and Spaces' at the Graduate Center CUNY's Critical Psychology lunch time/brown bag series, where she is an alumnus of the Critical/Environmental Psychology program. 
  • Deirdre Conlon gave an invited talk at Stony Brook University, NY (hosted by the Department of Women's, Sexualities and Gender Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Inequalities, Social Justice, and Policy) on October 17th 2017. The talk was titled: Carceral Interstices: Legitimacy on the Move.
  • Michael Janoschka was invited by the Chilean Society of Geographical Sciences to hold the inaugural keynote lecture at the 23rd International Congress of Geography, which took place from October 17th-20th, in Temuco (Chile), bringing together more than 250 scientists, community activists and representatives of local indigenous communities. His lecture was titled “The production of space in the contemporary city: Comparative perspectives on violent accumulation, dispossession and emancipation”.
  • David Bell gave a research seminar at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, called 'The Art of Eating Together'. He also co-hosted a reading group based around texts on animals in performance and swimming with tuna. 
  • Martin Zebracki provided an invited discussant commentary at the book launch of Art and the City: Worlding the Discussion Through a Critical Artscape (edited by Jason Luger and Julie Ren; Routledge, 2017) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), 12 October 2017
    Martin Zebracki presented his article Urban Preservation and the Queerying Spaces of (Un)remembering: Memorial Landscapes of the Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District (published online in Urban Studies on 19 June 2017) at the Miami to Morecambe: Transatlantic Seaside Moderne Symposium, The Midland, Morecambe, 8 October 2017
  • David Bell was an invited participant at the inaugural Leeds workshop of The Pilot Cities Programme, administered by United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) and Culture Action Europe. The programme will form a major part Leeds' bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023, and the Leeds Culture Strategy Delivery Plan.
  • Alex Schafran’s article "La France rêvée des promoteurs” (with Yohann LeMoigne, Theresa Enright and Giorgia Aiello) was published in the French edition of Metrpolitiques.
  • Zac Taylor was interviewed by the Miami Herald in an article titled "Built for Bottleneck: Is Florida Growing Too Fast to Evacuate Before Monster Storms?"
  • Martin Zebracki currently serves as Chair of the Committee of the Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group (SSQRG) of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with the Institute of British Geographers (IBG) – after having held office as SSQRG Secretary for a term of four years.
  • Martin Zebracki has co-convened the session on Gay Male Urban Spaces after Grindr & Gentrification (with Ryan Centner) and panel on Teaching Geographies of Gender and Sexualities (with Joe Hall) at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 29 August – 1 September.
  • Zac Taylor published a story in The Conversation titled "How a billion-dollar insurance industry protects Florida's risky real estate game – for now"
  • Paul Chatterton spoke at the Festival of the Future city on citizen led housing. Find out more here.
  • Louise Waite recently gave an invited talk to A-level Politics students at Notre Dame Sixth Form College. She talked to them about ‘The political discourse around ‘modern slavery’.
  • Yael Arbell presented a paper at the SASE (Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics) annual conference in Lyon, titled "English community-led housing: creating alternatives in neoliberal times". 
  • On 9 June Alice Butler presented a paper at the Urban Space and the Body conference, at the University of Cork, Ireland. The paper was written with Dr Alex Schafran and was entitled "Complexities of the 'shithole': understanding what people mean and how they respond to the discourse of denigration".
  • Deirdre Conlon chaired a panel discussion on 'Challenging Immigration Detention' on June 25th as part of Refugee Week (June 19-25). Panelists included representatives from Bail for Immigration Detainees, Detention Action and Habeas Corpus. The event, organized by Quakers in Britain, took place at Friends House in London.
  • Deirdre Conlon was an invited speaker at the Leeds to New York Student Leadership Programme on Wednesday 14 June.
  • Deirdre Conlon presented at four sessions/panels at the 2017 American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. 
  • Anna McLauchlan contributed to Shona Projects, a unique learning experience that takes place on an island in North West Scotland called Eilean Shona.
  • Anna McLauchlan was part of working group overseen by Wojciech Kosma (with Steven Anderson, Kathryn Ashill, Marta Jalowska, Phil Eaglesham and Pernilla Spence) that prepared for and undertook two performances concerned with art and political action. Performances introduced and concluded the summer school at Hospitalfield, Arbroath, 28-30 June.
  • Anna McLauchlan wrote two texts for MAP magazine –Writing in Absence and The Particular in General – about exhibitions associated with Collective in Edinburgh’s Satellites programme.
  • Alex Schafran and Stephen Hall presented their paper “From Foundation Economics and the Grounded City to Foundational Urban Systems” at the 2nd Radical Social Innovation Symposium at Queen Mary University of London on 11 May 2017. The paper has been released as the 3rd working paper on Foundational Economics at, a site run by foundational economy scholars associated with CRESC / Manchester Business School.
  • Alex Schafran gave an invited talk on “Urbanization as an Economic Sector” at the NYU symposium on Finance, Crisis, and the City hosted by NYU Florence on 7 May 2017.
  • Alex Schafran gave a keynote lecture at the Urban Thinkers Campus conference “'Education for the City We Need”, June 7-9 at TU Delft. The title of the lecture was “The Future of the Urban Academy”.
  • Louise Waite gave an invited presentation on 12 May at the University of Newcastle – the interdisciplinary symposium was on ‘Slavery: dialogues across time and place’ and Lou spoke about irregular migrants and modern slavery.
  • Paul Waley gave a talk entitled ‘Placing Tokyo within an East Asian Paradigm of Gentrification’ to the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna, on 27 April.
  • Paul Waley presented a paper entitled ‘Peri-urban China in Regional Context: The Demise of Mixed Livelihoods and Landscapes in the Face of Satellite Urbanization’ at the 2017 International Conference on China Urban Development, 5-6 May 2017, University College London.
  • As part of Leeds Creative Labs: Dare Edition 2017, Martin Zebracki was matched with Tyrrell Jones, director of Knaïve Theatre, a Leeds-based partnership that exists to connect, challenge and empower public audiences. On 5 July 2017, they performed their showcase entitled The Ecology of Digital Life: Dear Humans and Cyborgs in further collaboration with a poet, dancer and composer. This live streamed showcase formed a collective response to Zebracki's recent work in the virtually mediated geographies of public art. Its digital legacy can be retrieved from here
  • Martin Zebracki will serve as panelist in the round-table event Burlesque in the North: Spatial Politics and Sexual Citizenship. This event will convene burlesque performers/organisers and academics. Venue: Alec Clegg Theatre, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, 11 July, 2-4pm. To register for this free event, please contact Linda Watson. More information here
  • Martin Zebracki will provide the invited address “Coming Out of Materiality: Public Art and Sexuality in the Digital Age” in the Dynamiques spatiales du genre Research Group at UMR Géographie-cités, Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7), Sorbonne Paris Cité, France, 15 June 2017. Research Group info and Abstract here
  • Martin Zebracki provided the “Special Lecture: Whither Digital Public Art? The Question of Amphibian Matter” at the Department of Arts Studies and Curational Practices at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, 7 April 2017. 
  • Martin Zebracki has served as content editor of the forthcoming Global 12th Edition of The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography by James M. Rubenstein.