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  • 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.