Wise Wandering by Gavin Rogers @ Space and Humanities Research Cluster

Nottingham Trent University

1st May 2013, Arkwright 110, 4.30pm

As practitioners, educators and researchers within the University setting we benefit from an unparalleled breath of experience and knowledge on an everyday basis. A new initiative from the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment aims to build on this and deepen the cross-disciplinary research culture at NTU.

A group of us are currently setting up a new forum to exchange ideas and research across the University.  The idea is to meet twice a month in an informal setting and have conversation and informed debate. The format will allow for two 20 minute papers, with lively discussion after. We hope that this will be an opportunity for people to test out new ideas and research with a receptive audience; a format which we anticipate will give us all the opportunity to engage with innovative research across a wide variety of disciplines.

The series of events will focus on the spatial, in the broadest sense. As architects, archaeologists and designers we contend that space is a complex entity which is produced through social, cultural and political means.  It is dynamic and is constantly unfolding and being produced. Space can be represented by buildings; maps and everyday experience and is a social-historical dialectic. We believe that inter-disciplinary investigations into the spatial will advance our understanding, not just of cities and architecture, but also geography, literature, philosophy and science.

We will welcome both staff and research students to present their work along these themes.

Wise wanderings by Gavin Rogers

Gavin Rogers brings into question the blurred boundaries that lay between; observation, stereotype performance and the flâneur.

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Described through both personal and theoretical narrative, Gavin presents methodological processes which can be used to catalyse the collection of observational data about cities and people, a process which brings to light the importance of both stereotype and observation in the practice of active wandering.

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