… and here, with much thanks to UEA Studio Technology team of Sean Thompson and Matt North for filming and editing, is my inaugural lecture at UEA on 8 March. Artists discussed in film, music videos, tv shows and documentary footage of live performances from the 1940s on include Ian Dury, Robert Wyatt, Connie Boswell Teddy Pendergrass, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Cyd Charisse, Gene Vincent, & Graeae/Stephen Hawking/Orbital. Oh, and Kenny Rogers singing that line from First Edition’s 1969 hit version of ‘Ruby, don’t take your love to town’ appears twice. The line? ‘It’s hard to love a man whose legs are bent and paralysed’.
I’m pleased to be invited to contribute to a panel of keynote discussants at this year’s MeCCSA conference in Canterbury, later this week. The topic we are discussing is ‘Communities, academic research and impact’, so I’ll be talking about AHRC and the Connected Communities programme, about how our programme funds collaborative research with community partners, and about how co-production has taken off as a discourse and as a methodology within Connected Communities. The conference’s wider theme is ‘communities’ so I’m hoping I’ll have something relevant to stay…
The panel consists of:
- Kathryn Geels (NESTA)
- Leah Bassel (University of Leicester)
- George McKay (University of East Anglia, AHRC Leadership Fellow, Connected Communities)
- Claire Wallace (University of Aberdeen)
- Karen Ross (chair, Northumbria University).
Looking toward to catching up with media and cultural studies friends there too. The MeCCSA conference has a good habit of brightening up a dark early January each year!
I am looking forward to hearing all about the current work in the field(s) at this conference in, er, London at the weekend. And to sharing some thoughts in my keynote address on radical gardens and rural countercultures with colleagues from rural studies, geography, architecture, and so on … The programme for the event at the University of Westminster is at Rurality Branded Programme; looks great.
[And here’s a photo of the actual lecture, as I re-pose Jamaica Kincaid’s question, about the garden as ‘a space of rest and repose’…]