SENSES OF PLACE AND 21ST CENTURY TRANSITIONS
A webinar series running from September 2021 to May 2022
hosted by Maynooth University, University of Exeter and Stockholm Resilience Centre
ABOUT THE SERIES
This series of keynote conversations will focus on frontiers in research examining senses of place and 21st Century transitions. Changes to daily routines and lived experiences driven by Covid-19 and other global trends have brought attention to the interconnected nature of 21st century life. They raise awareness of how a range of places, both near and far, real and imaginary, and our attachments to those places shape our wellbeing, sense of belonging and feelings of ‘home’.
We will present dialogue, debates and conversations to explore these changes, showcasing latest ideas and findings by international researchers and practitioners on how place and senses of place relates to a range of ongoing challenges and transitions including Covid-19, migrations, digitalisation, climate change and urbanisation.
Different speakers each month will present their work on specific transitions and senses of place, exploring underlying theory, method, applications, real-world implications and potential future directions for further research.
Tara Quinn at Maynooth University
Patrick Devine-Wright at the University of Exeter
Vanessa Masterson at the Stockholm Resilience Centre
Carolin Seiferth at Uppsala Univeristy
I'm not gonna stay here for long - place detachment in two African cities
URSULA LAU AND ALICE HERTZOG
Join Ursula Lau and Alice Hertzog for a conversation on urban migration and its consequences on place attachment, or detachment, in South Africa and West Africa. They will be discussing meanings of place attachment from the perspective of migrants to a peri-urban informal settlement in South Africa and an urban setting in South Benin respectively. The dialogue will explore how detachment and non-belonging play out in these challenging informal and urban settings. What stories are being told by these migrants? And can (or do) we reframe home not as the place of residence, but an imagined elsewhere that is situated well outside of the fraught, and often insecure urban environment? In doing so, what are the implications for belonging and not belonging? This webinar is an occasion to shift the gaze of place attachment research to the African continent and consider people-place bonds from the perspective of the Global South.