ISSR Weeks Annual Lecture 'Excessive Presences? Class, Gender, Sexuality and the 'Fit' to Place' , 15th June 2012, Keyworth Building, LSBU, 5pm
Professor Yvette Taylor, Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research
The lecture draws upon recent ESRC funded work, including Fitting Into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities (2012) and Lesbian and Gay Parenting: Securing Social and Educational Capitals (2009). It draws attention to contemporary intersections, sticking points and collisions between class, gender and sexuality: how are people made to 'fit' place in recessionary times? Who is rendered excessive to family, community, national, international terrain and how are economies of belonging, fitting and exceeding space (as 'waste', 'potential', 'impact', and as regenerative subject-citizen-researcher) being negotiated in academic and non-academic environments? What are the forces that 'fit' the good, mobile academic to place and what shape can this take if the 'fit' is to reach beyond the individual, if queer, academic, to instead encompassing questions of care, attentiveness and varied presence. In times when certain presences are rendered excessive (and in need of 'cutting-back') this lecture urges a re-focus on intersectional dilemmas, classed endurances and gendered inequalities.
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